Muhammad Kutty Ismail Paniparambil a.k.a Mammootty is an Indian thespian, film producer, fashion icon, and philanthropist. Mammootty’s dramatic skills and universally acclaimed movies have exalted his levels to the ranks of legendary actors. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees. Mammootty has bagged 3 National Best Actor awards, 7 Kerala State Film awards and 13 Filmfare awards. The government of India conferred him the Padma Shri in 1998, which is the fourth highest civilian award in India. The University of Kerala and the University of Calicut has presented him with the Doctor of Letters degree in 2010.
Mammootty was born as Muhammad Kutty Ismail Paniparambil in Chandiroor, Alappuzha on 7th September 1951. His father, Ismail was a farmer by profession. His mother’s name was Fatima. Mammootty was the eldest among his three sisters, Ameena, Sauda, and Shafina and two brothers, Ibrahimkutty and Zakariah.
Mammootty married Sulfath in 1979, they have a daughter named Surumi(b.1982) and a son Dulquer Salmaan(b.1986) who has already established himself as the trendsetting actor of Mollywood’s new generation.
Mammootty is a lawyer by profession, he acquired his LL.B from Government Law College, Ernakulam. Mammootty completed his pre-degree and degree from Sacred Heart College, Thevara and Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam respectively.
Mammootty Net Worth
Mammootty’s estimated net worth is $40 million US dollars as of 2017.
Mammootty’s mansion situated at the posh Panampilly Nagar, Kochi is estimated around 4 Crores. Mammootty is reported as an avid petrol head and owns a few luxury cars which range from Jaguar to Audi, each priced between Rs. 1-2.5 Crores.
Mammootty was launched into acting in Anubhavangal Paalichakal which was released in 1971, the movie starred big faces of erstwhile Malayalam cinema like Prem Nazeer, Sheela, and Sathyan. Mammootty’s first release in a lead role was in 1980 through Vilkkanundu Swapnangal, directed by Azad and written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. However his debut as a lead actor was in 1979 through Devalokam which was directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, but unfortunately, the movie never completed its shoot.
His admirable acting prowess and his brilliantly portrayed often tender and often demented characters were solely responsible for elevating the ranks of Malayalam cinema to that of national levels. Mammootty’s collaboration with acclaimed Malayalam film director Hariharan has produced films that have left a lasting and indelible impression on the face of Indian cinema. Mammootty’s artistic and powerful impression of Chanthu Chekavar for which he won his first National award for Best Actor in Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, a legendary warrior hero from Malayalam folk tales was absorbed by the critics and audience alike.
From there on he went on to act in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar portraying the titular role of Dr. Ambedkar who played a vital role in shaping a post- independent India and authoring its constitution, his depiction of Pazhassi Raja in Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, a historical Malayalam film once again helmed by Hariharan was one of the highest-grossing films of the year 2009
Apart from his representation of strong and powerful figures, Mammootty has found a particular penchant to portray sad and solemn characters. His tear-jerking depiction of Pallikal Narayanan in Pathemari, a laborer in Dubai cast away from his family and the home was met with positive approval. Mammootty’s portrayal of an illiterate butler for a pompous and extended family in Rappakal and as a middle class farmer whose family is plagued by the evolving consumerism and city life in Palunku were all met with the favorable reception.
Mammootty is a household name for his solid representation of army and police officers. He acted as a Central Bureau of Investigations detective in Oru CBI Diary Kurippu which has inspired further sequels owing to its immense success. Mammootty appeared as Inspector Balram in Aavanazhi in 1986 which also inspired two sequels. In The King, Mammootty portrayed a District Collector with a mission to take down dirty politicians was met with critical acclaim. Mammootty was praised for his strong and powerful dialog delivery in the movie.
He has a particular interest in performing in action and masala entertainers, often appearing as a hero. In the 2007 thriller drama, Big B, Mammootty portrayed Bilal who is on a quest to seek revenge against the people responsible for the cold blooded murder of his surrogate mother. In Rajamanikyam, Mammootty depicted a wise-talking, cattle business owner with a comical Trivandrum slang. The movie was a critical hit and was applauded for its humor and plot.
Mammootty’s latest and most anticipated release in 2017 is The Great Father which is set to hit theaters on March 30th. Mammootty is reported to act in Shyamaprasad’s latest flick, Taxi. He is also starring in the new film directed by Udayakrishna-Ajai Vasudev, the film is yet to be given a title and he will be seen as an austere college professor in it.
Mammootty is also the keeper of a charismatic personality and is widely admired for his stunning sense of fashion. In his illustrious acting career spanning four decades, Mammootty has strung together a variety of roles that frequently leaves the viewers bewildered and dazed. He is still at the summit of his career and we can definitely expect that he will astonish us with his upcoming works.