South Indian actor in Kerala Mammootty, the actor lovingly called by Keralites as ‘Mammukka’, has been acclaimed over the nation for his unparalleled performance. Mammotty has started his carrier at the beginning of the 1970s and still has the unabated energy to capture his spectators.
The actor representing four decades of Keralite generations through the characters ranging from various human aspects. He has explored several human conditions, through the characters he performed by capturing all its deeper dimensions. As an actor, the notable thing to mark in his art of acting is that Mammotty is an actor fully drawn to the character as such. The mannerism of his physic is not exposed through the characters that have been handled by him. The characters that have been delivered by the actor on silver screen represent people who are cross section of the Kerala society. Mammotty, the actor is considered as an embodiment of manliness for Keralites. The actor’s career spanning over 5 decades is exploring through the ordinary life of Keralites with socio-political dimensions.
The central protagonist Achu in the film ‘Amaram’ directed by Bharathan, a popular director in Kerala in South India acclaimed for his craftmanship on the silver screen. Mammotty has rendered the role of a fisherman who brought up his only daughter with many aspirations and fell in utter desperation when his daughter left with her lover. The characters in Lohiddas, South Indian scrip writer and directer in Kerala directed ‘Bhootha Kannadi’ in which he has performed the role of the watch mechanic in a highly subtle way. Without any makeover, Mammotty transformed into the complex character of a watch repairer who has gone insane due to his deep anxiety about his grown-up daughter in a world which is targetting her as a mere flesh. The film directed by late director Lohid Das, who is known for the writer and director of realistic characters, has explored the acting forte of Mammootty in many of his films. The film ‘Thaniyavarthanam’ the debut film scripted by Lohid Das is a milestone in Mammotty’s acting carrier. The Film ‘Valsalyam’ which has been scripted by Lohid Das, explored the actor to expose the role of a naive and loving peasant who ardently loves his family despite receiving bitter experience from them.
The three-time national award winner, Mammotty won a national award in 1990, 1994, and 2000. He won a national award for Mathilukal, a film directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the reputed Keralite director in South India acclaimed over the nation and the world over. The story of ”Mathilukal” has been based on the story of legendary Malayalam writer Vaikkam Muhammad Basheer in Kerala, To conceive the sublimity and gravity of Basheer’s character that has been conveyed in a peculiar touch of comedy is a tough task. To depict this extraordinary classic character in the silver screen demands more craftsmanship. Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan based on the story of well known Malayalam short story writer Sakhariya in Kerala ”BhakaraPattelum Ante Jeevithavum”, the film ‘Vidheeyan’ unfolds the classic dimension of acting through Mammotty. The film won a national award for Mammootty for the Vidheyan’s role that he had performed in the film.
The actor performed the complex character of the master is a story of deep analysis of servility in the wider context where the servent -master relationship turns in to a strange perspective. Mammotty had performed the role of Ambedkar in the film Babsaheb Abdekkar a film based on the life of Dr. B RAmbedkar, in 2000. The bilingual feature film directed by Jabbar Patel won a national award for Mammotty. The film ”Pondanmda” in which Mammotty played the role of Pondanmada the chief protagonist, the role of a dedicated servant, directed by TV Chandran, a master director who often depicts the sidelined life. ‘Oru VadakkanVeera Gadha’, the film released in 1989, directed by Hariharan, a South Indian Director in Kerala based on the script of Malayalam writer MT Vasudevan Nair in Kerala, Mammootty played the role of an anti-hero character called Chandu, The film won a national award for Mammootty for the best actor in 1990 for his master rendering of the anti-hero character. The folklore figure Chandu, a villainous character, who after dejected in love by his uncle’s daughter, Unniyarcha, plans to take vengeance, Mammotty has fulfilled the meaning of what is called ‘Mahanadan’, by rendering a classic dimension to the character.
Mammootty is a Malayalam actor with a stint in six different languages, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, and English. He has acted in 15 Tamil films, include ‘Thalapathi’, ‘Kandukodeen’, ‘Ananandan’. three Telugu films, ‘Swathi Kiranaam’, ‘Surya Putrulu’, and Hindi films. like Thriyathri and Darthiputhra. His English film Dr. Babasaheb Abdekar won a national award for the actor in 2000.
He is one of the record-holding actors who has received a national award for the best actor three-time. He won debut national award in 1989 for his performance in the films Mathilukal and ‘OruvadakkanVeeragadha’. in 1993 he won a national award for the films, ‘Vidheyan’ and ‘Pondamada. The actor won national award for ‘Baba Saheb Ambdekkar’ in 2000. The actor won seven state awards. The nation honored him with Padmasree, one of the highest civilian awards.
Though the actor has been criticized that he is not skilled at handling comedy roles properly, Mammotty had handled comedy roles in a subtle way in Keralite director Sathyan Anthikkad’s film ‘Sreedharande Aram thirumurivu”. The role of a man who postponed his marriage to get a graduate girl is marvelously rendered by the actor with a classic dimension. However, the skill of the actor to perform comedy roles has not been exploited seriously, that is the fact.