Muhammad Kutty Paniparambil Ismail, better known by his stage name Mammootty is an Indian film actor and producer who works in Malayalam cinema. In a career spanning four decades, he has appeared in over 400 films, predominantly in Malayalam language and in Tamil, Kannada and English. Mammootty was a lawyer by profession. After establishing himself as a lead actor in the 1980s, his major breakthrough came with the commercial success of the 1987 film New Delhi, he has won three National Film Awards for Best Actor, seven Kerala State Film Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South. In 1998, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri for his contributions to the arts, he has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Kerala in January 2010 and from the University of Calicut in December 2010. Mammootty is the chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs the Malayalam television channels Kairali TV, People TV and WE TV, he is the goodwill ambassador of the Akshaya project, the first district-wide e-literacy project in India.
He is the patron of the Pain and Palliative Care Society, a charitable organisation in Kerala formed with the aim of improving the quality of life among patients with advanced cancer. He has been working with the Pain and Palliative Care Centre in Kozhikode, India. Mammootty was born Muhammad Kutty Ismail Paniparambil on 7 September 1951 in Chandiroor in Alappuzha district, raised in the village of Chempu near Vaikom in Kottayam district in the present-day state of Kerala, India in a middle-class, Muslim family, his father, was a farmer and his mother, Fatima, a housewife. He was their eldest son, he has two younger brothers and Zakariah and three younger sisters, Ameena and Shafina. Mammootty went to Government High School, Kulasekharamangalam, Kottayam for his primary education. In the 1960s, his father moved the family to Ernakulam, where he attended Government School Ernakulam, he did his pre-university course at Thevara. He attended Ernakulam for his degree, he graduated with a LL. B. from Government Law College, Ernakulam.
Mammootty practiced law for two years in Manjeri. Mammootty married Sulfath in 1979, has a daughter Surumi, a son Dulquer Salmaan. Mammootty's younger brother Ibrahimkutty is an actor in Malayalam TV serials. Ibrahimkutty's son Maqbool Salmaan is a film actor. Mammootty's debut was in the 1971 film Anubhavangal Paalichakal, directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan, his second film was a 1973 Malayalam film directed by K. Narayanan, he acted in the theatre drama Sabarmathi in 1975. In 1979, he played his first lead role in Devalokam, directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. However, this film was never completed, his first credited role was in the 1980 film Vilkkanundu Swapnangal, directed by Azad and written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. Mammootty's first starring role in a released film was the 1980 film Mela and directed by K. G. George. Mammootty's films in the 1980s include: Sphodanam, in which his name appeared in the credits as "Sajin". In 1981, he got his first state award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance in Ahimsa.
His performances included Aalkkoottathil Adiyozhukkukal. He played the role of a police officer in the investigative thriller Yavanika, directed by K. G. George, both a commercial and critical success. Other major releases in 1982 were Padayottam and Ee Nadu, a commercial success and became the highest grossing south Indian film at that time. Padayottam was the first 70 mm film Indian film to be processed in India, it was the first Malayalam film with a budget over ₹1 crore. In a period of five years, from 1982 to 1987, Mammootty acted in the lead role in more than 150 films. In 1986 alone, he acted in about 35 films, including a brief appearance in Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu. In the mid-1980s, he collaborated in; these films had Mammootty as the protagonist, a husband and a father, with a 3 or 4-year-old daughter, employed in a top ranking post in a company. Mammootty made a comeback with New Delhi and Thaniyavarthanam, both released in 1987. In New Delhi, he played a victimised journalist, who systematically took revenge on politicians who flattered him.
He received the Kerala Film Critics Awards for Best Actor for his role as Balan Mash in Thaniyavarthanam, written by Lohithadas and directed by Sibi Malayil. In 1988, Mammootty starred in Oru CBI Diary Kurippu as a CBI officer. Following Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, three more murder mystery sequels were produced with the same cast of characters: Jagratha, Sethurama Iyer CBI and Nerariyan CBI, all directed by K. Madhu, penned by S. N. Swamy with Mammootty as Sethurama Iyer, an intelligent but unassuming CBI officer. Mammootty appeared in two of M. T. Vasudevan Nair's films with autobiographical elements—Aksharangal, directed by I. V. Sasi and Sukrutham, directed by Harikumar. Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha was directed by T. Hariharan and penned by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. Mammootty's depiction of a Chekavar of distinguished valor, but vilified by circumstances, won him the National Film Award for Best Actor, his role as a hunter, Varunni in Mrigaya, directed by I. V. Sasi and another film Mahayanam, were scanned for the State Award.
Mammootty won the Filmfare award for Amaram directed by Bharathan, in which he played the role of an uneducated fisherman who dreams of making his only daughter a doctor. During this period, Mammootty appeared in many of the
Sijoy Varghese is a Malayalam actor and Ad filmmaker. Sijoy Varghese, who brings in an experience of 20 years in various roles, related to advertising and feature films, has accomplished himself as one of the leading ad film makers in the industry today. Sijoy Varghese is an actor who has performed notable characters in Malayalam films like Bangalore Days, Avatharam,James & Alice and Aadhi, he was born in Edappally, Kochi to C. Varghese Kelamparambil and Leelamma Varghese, he studied at the Sacred Heart College, Thevara before commencing his career in the film and Ad film industry. He married Tessy Raphel in 1999; the couple has four children — Adithya, Annie & Anthony. A career that started off as a young Asst Director, Sijoy has been fortunate to have worked with leading Ad film production houses of India. In 2005 he found his own production house "TVC Factory", which has now grown to secure the privilege of being one of the most trusted production houses in India and UAE. Sijoy Varghese is an actor who has performed notable characters in Malayalam films like Bangalore Days, James & Alice & Aadhi.
And, He is the current General Secretary of Kerala Chapter. He started his acting career in 2013 with the role of a Police commissioner in Martin Prakkat’s ABCD along with Dulquer Salmaan, he indulged in further experimentation with Amal Neerad Production’s 5 Sundarikal. He wrote ‘Isha’ with the co-writer Sidharth Bharathan for Sameer Thahir in the much appreciated anthology. After his villainous Cabinet Minister for Thira by Vineeth Sreenivasan, he did a well notable role in Anjali Menon's movie Bangalore Days as Coach Zach, for which his character got huge fan flowing, he did the same role of the coach to Arya in the Tamil remake named Bangalore Naatkal. He appeared on screen as ACP Gautam Viswanath along with Dileep in director Joshiy's Avatharam for which his character got appreciation by critics and public in general, his characters in Mammooty starer RajadhiRaja as Gangster Chandru, Ayal Njanalla as Manaf, Jamna Pyari as Vasu were made a remarkable appearance in those movies. In 2016 he portrayed St. Peter in Sujith Vasudev's debut movie James & Alice, for which he garnered critical acclaim for his style of acting.
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Gopisundar C. S. known professionally as Gopi Sundar, is an Indian music director, singer, songwriter and performer. He started his career composing music for television commercials, as he has nearly 5,000 jingles to his credit; as a keyboard programmer, he has collaborated with several music directors including the composer duo Vishal–Shekhar, for whose music he provided vocals. He made his debut as a film score composer in 2006 and went on to produce several commercially successful songs in Malayalam, Telugu,and Tamil language films. Gopi Sundar started his own recording label, Gopi Sundar Music Company, in 2014 with an idea to promote aspiring musicians and to make low-budget productions possible. In 2016, he formed, he has won several accolades for his soundtrack albums and film scores, including a National Film Award, a Kerala State Film Award, two Filmfare Awards South. In 2017, his two songs and the background score from the film Pulimurugan were selected as contenders in the 90th Academy Awards nominations for the Best Original Song and Best Original Score categories, but none were nominated.
Born to Suresh Babu and Livi, Sundar spent a large part of his childhood in Kochi. His early interest in music started from working in his father's recording studio business and listening to the radio with his mother. During school days, Sundar was keener on playing the keyboard than studies; when he got dropped out of school after failing his SSLC exams, his parents were supportive enough to let him pursue his dreams. Keen to make a career in music, he left for Chennai, where he took up classes at the Government Music College, but discontinued the course, feeling disillusioned, his father, helped him get into the Malayalam composer Ouseppachan's music troupe. Ouseppachan, a longtime friend of Sundar's father, took him as an assistant and became a mentor to the youngster. While on the team, Sundar worked his way up, playing tabla and keyboard, began getting noticed for his composing skills as well. In an association that spanned more than a decade, Sundar assisted him with several works. In the years that he spent in Chennai, he struggled to find a foothold in the music industry.
His first exposure to professional music came in the form of composing jingles for TV commercials. In those difficult days, his uncle Devan, an actor-politician in Malayalam films, helped him get a roof over his head. Sridhar Kariat, son of the legendary Malayalam filmmaker Ramu Kariat, showed him the ropes of how to stand out in the fast lane of advertising. In the world of the catchy jingle music of advertising, it took him seven years to create a niche for himself, his ever-growing repertoire consists of 5,000 jingles, a number of them advertising the work of filmmaker and feature film cinematographer Rajiv Menon. He has done keyboard programming for the Bollywood music director duo Vishal Shekhar, including for popular songs like "Ek Main Aur Ek Tu Hai", "Aankhon mein teri", music for Taxi No. 9211. Sundar got his first break as a film score composer with Notebook, after the director Rosshan Andrews happened to notice his programming for the film Udayananu Tharam; the eventual success of the film catapulted him into the mainstream, with Sibi Malayil offering him the first contract for soundtrack composition for the Malayalam film Flash, starring Mohanlal.
The turning point in his career was the film Big B, the debut feature of not only the director Amal Neerad but a host of technicians including Sameer Thahir, Vivek Harshan, Unni R. Although the film, which starred Mammooty, opened to mixed reviews, it was lauded for its technical finesse and for providing a film experience, altogether new to the Malayalam cinema. Sundar's background score, which blended aptly with the tone of the film, escalating his popularity amongst the Malayali film audiences. Big B marked the beginning of Sundar's long-term association with Amal Neerad. In 2008, Sundar made his Tamil film industry debut by composing the background score for the film Poi Solla Porom, he went on to compose songs for a number of films and the film Sagar Alias Jackie Reloaded, which starred Mohanlal, had him compose both the soundtrack and the film score. Despite the film being panned by critics and audiences alike, the songs were an instant hit; the first major award came his way for the film Anwar in 2010, for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.
Casanovva, a Malayalam romantic-thriller film, saw him reunite with Rosshan Andrrews. He shared music credits with Gowri Lakshmi for the soundtrack. Although the audio rights were acquired by Satyam Audios at a record price of ₹12 million, the film had a disappointing run at the box office, his next major work that year was for Anwar Rasheed's film Ustad Hotel. The film was a commercial success; the film's five-song soundtrack went on to become one of his most popular soundtrack albums and received rave reviews from critics and his contemporaries alike. "Appangalembadum", a quirky reworking of a popular but traditional Mappilappattu song crooned by Anna Katharina Valayil, was an instant hit following its radio release and became one of the biggest hits of the year. It got him the year's Filmfare Award, Asianet Film Awards, SIIMA, Kochi Times Awards for Best Music Direction, a Pearl Award for Best Background Score. Music director Bijibal, picked the film score of Ustad Hotel as his favourite when asked to pick "the best contemporary background score of his choice".
In 2013, he sang a melody called "Titli", tuned by Vishal Shekhar along with Chinmayi and Srimathumitha, for the Bollywood film Ch
Joju George is an Indian film actor and producer who works in Malayalam films. He began his acting career as a junior artist in the Malayalam film Mazhavilkoodaram and began appearing in supporting roles, he played the lead role in the 2018 film Joseph, a box office success and his breakthrough role. He went on to win the 2018 Kerala State Film Award for Best Character Actor for his performances in Chola and Joseph, he co-produced the 2015 film Charlie. He was born in Trichur to George Parecattil and Rosy George, he did his schooling from Kuzhur. He studied at the Christ College, Irinjalakuda before commencing his career in the film industry as an assistant director, he married Abba Joju in 2008 and has three children Ian and Ivan. Kerala State Film Awards2015: Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention - 2018: Kerala State Film Award for Best Character Actor - Asianet Film Awards2018: Asianet Film Awards - Special mention " 2019: Asianet Film Awards – Special Jury Award - Vanitha Film Awards2018: Vanitha Film Awards - Most popular movie 2019.
Onam is an annual Hindu holiday and festival with origins in the state of Kerala in India. It falls in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with August–September. According to legends, the festival is celebrated to commemorate King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. Onam is a major annual event for Malayali people outside Kerala, it is a harvest festival, one of three major annual Hindu celebrations along with Vishu and Thiruvathira, it is observed with numerous festivities. Onam celebrations include Vallam Kali, Pookkalam, Onam Kali, Tug of War, Thumbi Thullal, Onathallu, Kazhchakkula, Onapottan and other celebrations. Onam is the official state festival of Kerala with public holidays that start four days from Uthradom.. Major festivities take places across 30 venues in capital of Kerala, it is celebrated by Malayali diaspora around the world. Though a Hindu festival, non-Hindu communities of Kerala participate in Onam celebrations considering it as a cultural festival.
However, some non-Hindus in Kerala denounce its celebration as a cultural event because they consider it as a religious festival. Onam is an ancient Hindu festival of Kerala; the significance of the festival is in Hindu legends. According to the Hindu mythology, Mahabali was the great great grandson of a Brahmin sage named Kashyapa, the great grandson of demonic dictator Hiranyakashipu, the grandson of Vishnu devotee Prahlada; this links the festival to the Puranic mythology of Prahlada of Holika fame in Hinduism, the son of demon dictator Hiranyakashyap. Prahlada, despite being born to a demonic Asura father who hated Vishnu, rebelled against his father's persecution of people and worshipped Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap tries to kill his son Prahlada, but is slain by Vishnu in his Narasimha avatar, Prahlada is saved. Prahlada's grandson Mahabali came to power by taking over the three worlds. According to Vaishnavism mythology, the defeated Devas approached Vishnu for help in their battle with Mahabali.
Vishnu refused to join the gods in violence against Mahabali, because Mahabali was a good ruler and his own devotee. He, decided to test Mahabali's devotion at an opportune moment. Mahabali, after his victory over the gods, declared that he will perform Yajna and grant anyone any request during the Yajna. Vishnu took the avatar of a dwarf boy approached Mahabali; the king offered anything to the boy – gold, elephants, food, whatever he wished. The boy said that one must not seek more than one needs, all he needs is the property right over a piece of land that measures "three paces". Mahabali agreed. Vamana covered everything Mahabali ruled over in just two paces. For the third pace, Mahabali offered himself, an act which Vishnu accepted as evidence of Mahabali's devotion. Vishnu granted him a boon, by which Mahabali could visit again, once every year, the lands and people he ruled; this revisit marks the festival of Onam, as a reminder of the virtuous rule and his humility in keeping his promise before Vishnu.
The last day of Mahabali's stay is remembered with a nine-course vegetarian Onasadya feast. According to Nanditha Krishna, a simpler form of this legend, one without Mahabali, is found in the Rigveda and the Vedic text Shatapatha Brahmana where a solar deity is described with powers of Vishnu; this story grew over time, is in part allegorical, where Bali is a metaphor for thanksgiving offering after a bounty of rice harvest during monsoon, Vishnu is the metaphor of the Kerala sun and summer that precedes the Onam. According to Roshen Dalal, the story of Mahabali is important to Onam in Kerala, but similar Mahabali legends are significant in the region of Balia and Bawan in Uttar Pradesh, Bharuch in Gujarat, Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra; the story is significant not because Mahabali's rule ended, but it emphasizes the Hindu belief in cyclical nature of events, that no individual, no ruler and nothing lasts forever, except the virtues and self-understanding that overcomes all sorrow. An alternate legend behind Onam relates to Parashurama, an incarnation of Vishnu, credited in Hindu mythology to have founded the Western Ghats from the southern tip of Kerala, Goa and up to Maharashtra.
According to this legend, Vishnu got upset with the kings and the warrior caste who were at war and were arrogant over others. Vishnu took the avatar of Parashurama, or "Rama with an axe" and known as Rama Jamadagyna, in the era of King Kaartavirya; this king oppressed the people, the sages and the gods. One day, the king came to the hermitage of Parashurama and his mother Renuka, where while Parashurama was away, the king without permission took away the calf of their cow; when Parashurama returned, he felt the injustice of the king, called him to war, killed the king and all his oppressive warriors. At the end, he threw the axe, wherever it fell, the sea retreated, creating the land of Kerala and other coastal western parts of Indian subcontinent. Another version states that Parashurama brought Namboodri Brahmins to southwestern parts of India, by creating a mini-Himalaya like mountain range with his axe; the Onam festival, according to this legend, celebrates Parashurama's creation of Kerala by marking those days as the new year.
The legend and worship of Parashurama is attested in texts and epigraphs dated to about the 2nd century CE. The festival
Lena is an Indian film actress who appears in Malayalam cinema. She debuted in Jayaraj's Sneham, followed by Karunam, Oru Cheru Punchiri, Varna Kazhchakal, her breakthrough came through the critically acclaimed Traffic after which she acted in films such in Snehaveedu, Ee Adutha Kaalathu, Spirit. Lena attended the Seventh Day Adventist Higher Secondary School in Thrissur, Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi School in Thrissur. Lena is a post-graduate in clinical psychology, has worked as a clinical psychologist in Mumbai, before she quit her job to enter full-time acting, she was married to Abhilash Kumar on 16 January 2004, a screenwriter in Malayalam cinema who co-wrote 22 Female Kottayam, but the two separated. TelefilmManjukalavum KazhinjuAs hostYour choice Amul Sangeetha Mahayudham Vivel Big Break AlbumPranayam Lena on IMDb
Babu Namboothiri is an Indian film and TV actor who has starred in more than a 100 Malayalam films and various serials. He is famous for his villain as well as character roles, he is best known for his portrayal of a unconventional role, as the pimp, Thangal, in Thoovanathumbikal and as the primary antagonist, Ajith, in Nirakkoottu. Babu Namboothiri was born as first among ten children to Neelakandan Namboothiri and Saraswathi at Mannakkanad, near kuravilangad Kottayam, he belongs to Padinjare Mana in Mannakkanad in Kottayam district. He performs rituals at Chirayil Ganapathi temple, he has 2 sisters. He is graduated from Sree Sankara College Kalady and pursued Masters in Science from SRM College Rewa in Uttarpradesh, his debut movie was Yaagam in 1982. He is a retired Chemistry Professor of Kuravilangad, he is married to Kumari Antharjanam. They have three daughters. Http://cinidiary.com/peopleinfo.php?sletter=B&pigsection=Actor&picata=1 http://www.malayalachalachithram.com/listmovies.php?tot=50&a=4833&p=1 http://entertainment.oneindia.in/celebs/babu-namboodiri.html Babu Namboothiri on IMDb Babu Namboothiri at MSI