Muhammad Kutty Panaparambil Ismail, (IPA: [muhɐmːɐd̪ kuʈːi pɐnɐpːɐrɐmbil ismɐjl]), better known by his stage name Mammootty, (IPA: [mɐmːuːʈːi]), is an Indian actor and film producer who works predominantly in Malayalam cinema. In a career spanning five decades, he has acted in over 400 films, mainly in Malayalam, with several in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English. His acting and contributions to Malayalam cinema have been praised by his contemporaries in the Indian film industry.He initially used the stage name Sajin in his early films which was suggested by director P.G. Viswambharan in the sets of the movie Sphodanam. 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 appeared in neighbouring industries as well. He entered the Tamil cinema through Mounam Sammadham (1990), in Telugu cinema through Swati Kiranam (1992), in Bollywood through Triyathri though his debut as a lead was in Dhartiputra (1993). He debuted in Kannada cinema through the bilingual film, Shikari (2012). He also acted in an Indian English film, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000). 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 also received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Kerala in January 2010 and from the University of Calicut in December 2010. He is the chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs the Malayalam television channels Kairali TV, Kairali News and Kairali 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 writing to improve the quality of life among patients with advanced cancer.
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