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Mammootty
In the district of Kottayam in Kerala the veteran hero of Malayalam film industrty Mammootty was born on September 7 th 1953 .He has two younger brothers, Ibrahim and Zakariah and three sisters, Ameena, Sauda and Shafina. He did his education from Maharaja's College, Ernakulam and then studied law at Ernakulam Government Law College. Mammootty practiced as a lawyer for some time in Manjeri, Kerala. He got married to Sulfath in 1981 and has a daughter and a son.

Mammootty did his first acting on the big Screen in a Malayalam movie Devalokam but that film apparently never came on screen. Mammootty’s career began with the Malayalam cinema Vilkanundu Swapnangal in which his performance was noticed. It was Director K.G. George who brought out the latent talent in Mammootty.

Mammootty first film as the hero was played in the movie Thrishna directed by the veteran director I.V.Sasi. His talent was utilised by internationally renowned directors like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, T. V. Chandran, and Pavithran. The film New Delhi directed by Joshy was a turning point in his career. The film was based on the novel, "The Almighty" by Irving Wallace. Oru CBI Diary Kurippu was also a major landmark in the history of Malayalam Cinema. Three more murder mysteries sequels were produced with the same cast of characters Jagratha 1989, Sethurama Iyer CBI 2004 and Nerariyan C.B.I 2005, all directed by K Madhu with Mammootty as Sethurama Iyer, an intelligent CBI officer.

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Mammootty touched the pinnacle of his career in Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha roughly translated as A northern heroic folklore again an M. T. Vasudevan Nair creation. Mammotty received National Award for best acting. Mammootty acted in Mathilukkal based on Mathilukal, a novel by the Malayalam literary genius Vaikom Muhammad Basheer was instrumental in getting him his first National Award for Best Actor. His performance in two commercially off-beat movies Ponthan Mada by TV Chandran, and Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Vidheyan won him the award for the second time. His performance in Ambedkar an English movie by Jabbar Patel won him the National award for a third time. Mammootty had briefly crossed the boundaries of Malayalam cinema and acted in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. Though he proved only a moderate success in Tamil after Mani Ratnam's Thalapathi, his other successes in Tamil include Anandam by Linguswamy and Kandukondain Kandukondain by Rajiv Menon. Mammootty's presence was felt on the national level with the biographical film on Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, directed by Jabbar Patel.

Though Mammootty considered that he was unsuitable for comic roles movies like Rajamanikyam, Balram Vs Tharadas, Thommanum Makkalum,Thuruppugulan and Maayavi was of great success. Muhammed Kutty is known by his screen name Mammootty. He has acted in more than three hundred films in Malayalam cinema. Mammootty is the recipient of three National film awards for Best Actor, six State awards and six Filmfare awards in best actor category. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1998.

Mammootty is the Chairman of Malayalam Communications. Mathilukal has been shown in almost 40 international film festivals beginning with Venice. It is Mathilukal which has invited the maximum number of internaional honours. Mammotty published a book Kazhchapadu a compilation of articles he had penned for a column in the largest ciruclated Malayalam newspaper Malayala Manorama.

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