Mammootty (Malayalam: മമ്മൂട്ടി, born Muhammadkutty Ismail Panaparambil on 7 September 1951) is an Malayalam film actor and producer who works mainly in Malayalam cinema. He has also acted in a few Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada films. During a career spanning more than three decades, he has acted in more than 360 films, and is only next to Prem Nazir in the number of lead roles in Indian films. He also appeared in the highest number of dual roles (nine) in Malayalam film.
Mammootty was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor three times (a record shared with Kamal Haasan and Amitabh Bachchan). He also won seven Kerala State Film Awards, and eleven Filmfare Awards. He was the first (1998) Malayalam actor to be honoured with the state honour Padma Shri for contributions toward Indian cinema. He was honoured a Doctor of Letters by University of Kerala in Jan 2010 and by University of Calicut in Dec 2010. Vanitha, a leading women's magazine in Malayalam, in 2004, chose Mammootty as the actor with the highest sex appeal in Kerala, following a survey among its readers.
Mammootty is Chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs Malayalam TV channels Kairali TV, People TV, and WE TV. Mammootty has promoted humanitarian causes throughout Kerala and is the goodwill ambassador of the Akshaya project.
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