Mammootty, happy birthday!

The Malayalam actor turns 62 today

Born on September 7, 1951, Mammootty is one of the few Indian actors who can boast of spending over three decades in cinema and still be a headlining star.

While he dabbled in Malayalam films from the early ‘70s itself, it was the late ‘80s that brought bigger roles and recognition for Mammootty. In the mid-eighties he was prolific, notching up some 150 films as protagonist. It was also during this time that he made his award-winning films like Thaniyavarthanam.

He won his first National Award for Best Actor in 1989 for Oru Vadakkan Veerakatha and Mathilukal by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Two more national awards came his way for Vidheyan and Ponthan Mada in 1993 and for the biopic on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar in 1999.

Mammootty’s success and vast popularity has to do with his ability to excel in art house cinema and keep his mass appeal intact. Into his sixties, he has some ten films lined up for this year, including Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty co-starring Mohanlal, Immanuel and The Gangster. What’s more, he now has the satisfaction of seeing son Dulquar Salman making waves on the Malayalam cinema scape.

Here’s wishing this amazing actor a very happy birthday! Do send your wishes!