It was his role as a police officer that made him a Malayalam film superstar. And now Mammootty is all set to don the cop's uniform for the 25th time in an acting career spanning more than 25 years.
For this role, Mammootty is joining hands with filmmaker Renji Panicker. Shooting for the film began on Wednesday.
"I have heard only a bit of the story for the yet-to-be-titled film by Panicker and, of course, I have complete faith in him because it is his own script and is to be directed by him," Mammootty told.
He has every reason to be happy with the new film because it was the role of a police officer in the movie Yavanika in the early 1980s that propelled his career to newer heights. Since then he has had no reason to worry about the success of a film in which he donned the khaki uniform.
Panicker told IANS: "Mammootty plays the role of a middle level police officer investigating a crime." The paper work for the film, which is slated for an early November release, is still not complete. "I shoot and write because I feel more comfortable that way and this is a film focusing on recent political events in Kerala," Panicker said.
He had earlier scripted two hugely successful films starring Mammootty - The King and Dubai.
The new film will be produced by Marikar Films, whose recent productions - Big B starring Mammootty and Hello starring Mohanlal - have done well at the box office. Panicker's lucid writing skills have been credited for the success of many Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi films. This film will be Panicker's second as a director and his 14th as a scriptwriter.
"The heroine of the film is a new face who is 23 years old and we are finalising her new name," added Panicker.
Other cast members include Lalu Alex, Saikumar, Vijayaraghavan and several regulars in the industry. Sanjiv Sankar will handle the camera.
Undaunted by the collapse of Sound of Boots, Malayalam’s `Super Cop’ Suresh Gopi once again puts on the police cap in `Ayudham’.(Weapon). Thematically, this film has a message on the death and destruction weapons generate. The film is getting ready for release on June 4.
Suresh is DGP Rishikesh in Ayudham who is entrusted with the investigation of a criminal case with the active support of a chief minister. The movie also has veteran character actor Thilakan donning the role of comrade V K, a pivotal character in the movie. Lakshmi Rai is the heroine of the movie. The film also has Shammi, Murali, Biju Menon, Vijayakumar, Bala and Suraj Venjaaramoodu. S L Puram Jayasoma writes the script director. Alphonse tunes to the lyrics of Gireesh Puthencherry.
Interestingly, it was during the shooting of Ayudham, Suresh Gopi came to attend a police function in the uniform, which prompted an advocate challenging the actor in the court for `illegal’ and `insulting’ use of police uniform. Barring the constabulary on duty, none is permitted to wear a police uniform in public, it was pointed out.. Suresh Gopi had pleaded that he had little time to change the dress, and the function happened to be near the sets so he took the liberty to keep the uniform on, and not, as it was argued, intended to `insult’ the uniform or the police force.
2006/10/23 16:15:52 While playing Thakur Baldev Singh in Sholay, the actor screamed himself hoarse
Subhash K Jha
Malayalam superstar Mohanlal was unprepared for what lay in store for him when he was in Mumbai busy shooting for Ram Gopal Varma's Sholay. The actor reprises the role of Thakur Baldev Singh, originally played by Sanjeev Kumar.
Mohanlal lost his voice while enacting some dramatic scenes for Ramu's Sholay on Diwali day. “The scenes were very dramatic. They required me to scream and shout a lot. I’ve almost lost my voice as my throat is stressed,” whispers Mohanlal.
However, this did not stop Mohanlal from shooting and he continued working on the day after Diwali. “I continued shooting because it had to be completed and I’ve to return home in two days,” adds Mohanlal.
Ramu says, “We’ve been shooting solo scenes with Mohanlal during Diwali. The scenes required Mohanlal to scream a lot. That must have resulted in Mohanlal losing his voice. I’m sure he'll be fine soon.”
In the past, the actor is known to be very selective about his roles in Hindi films and was last seen in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company where he played an honest police officer.
The other day at the canteen of St Xavier’s college in Thumba, a suburb of Thiruvananthapuram, Mohanlal dressed in the uniform of a Indian Coffee House (ICH) waiter was shooting a song for Thulasidas’s College Kumaran.
Mohanlal, during the break went down memory lane. Said Mohanlal: “For me ICH brings back good memories of my college days in Thiruvananthapuram in the late 70’s, when all of us (Priyadarsan, Suresh Kumar, M.G Sreekumar and others) used to hang around in ICH, which was at Spencer Junction and have innumerable cups of coffee”.
Mohanlal plays Kumaran a college drop out who runs a college canteen in the film. College Kumaran is a movie focusing on campus friendship, love, fights, heartbeats, youth festivals, and politics.
College Kumaran is Mohanlal’s next big release on January 26.
Mohanlal under Indian Army scanner for uniform misuse
New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) Two years after feting him with honorary Lieutenant Colonel's rank, the Territorial Army has taken serious note of reports that Malayalam movie star Mohanlal had allegedly misused his uniform for commercial purposes in Kerala government advertisements to promote tourism. The actor has denied the allegation.
Officers at the Army Headquarters here said they have received reports that Mohanlal, considered to be one of Kerala's topmost film actor, had passed off as a war hero in a television advertisement aired in December 2010 and January 2011 during the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival promoted by the state's tourism department.
This, the officers said, was against the rules under which he was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2009. The honorary rank conferment rules stipulate that the uniform be worn only on ceremonial occasions, while on training with his Territorial Army unit, and at official functions.
The honorary rank is conferred by the army on achievers to have them as role models and inspire the country's youth to join the armed forces.
The army has in the recent years also conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel on India's leading sportspersons, including 1983 World Cup winning Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev, 2011 World Cup winning cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra.
The reports had suggested that Mohanlal had in a series of advertisements presented himself in army uniform, claiming to be a 1971 war hero, a National Security Guard (NSG) commando, a gallantry medal winner and a recipient of the army chief's commendation card.
He was reportedly paid Rs.50 lakh for the advertisement shot by his own production house, Ashirwad Films.
The advertisements were noticed by a retired army Brigadier, who is reported to have lodged a complaint with the army in this regard.
Mohanlal, speaking to IANS, said the costume used in the advertisement for the Kerala tourism department was the one he had worn for his role in the Malayalam film "Kandahar".
"It's just like any film hoarding and it has got nothing to do with the Lt. Col. uniform in the Territorial Army. You should also see that the advertisement mentions my character in the film. In fact, I did this for the Kerala government and I have not collected any professional fees for it," said Mohanlal.
A successful Tamil film 'Time' directed by Shaji Kailash is being dubbed into Telugu as 'Police Ante Veedera' by K Chiranjeevi Reddy and R Prabhakar. The producers say, 'Suresh Gopi is playing dual roles as father who is ready to sacrifice his life for law and justice, besides a sincere police officer.
As the police officer turns an eyesore for the anti-social elements, the political party which takes over the State after elections, transfers him to another department. Following that the goons attack his family and completely destroy the entire family. What kind of reply the sincere police officer gave to those anti-social elements is the subject of the film.
Vimala Raman played the wife of police officer, while Padmapriya did the role of a social service activist. We have completed the censor formalities too and we are planning to release the film in October. There are five action scenes which remain a highlight.' Writer Rajasekhar Reddy says, 'The film not only has good action part, but also has good sentiment.' Master Akula Anudeep Reddy is the presenter of the movie.
Bharath's, Nepali is in serious trouble, as a senior police officer has slapped a legal notice on the film. M.Ravi, the powerful , Joint Commissioner of Police (North Chennai), has sent a legal notice to the film's producer Rama Saravanan and its director V.Z Dorai.
Ravi's lawyer P.Chandrasekharan,in his notice says that the film has "portrayed the police, prisons and judiciary departments in bad light" and warned both the director and producer of appropriate legal action, both civil and criminal if they fail to delete the objectonable scenes. The notice also asked them to stop screening Nepali, till the scenes are deleted.
The objectonable scenes raised by M.Ravi in his notice are- Disrespect shown to the Indian National Flag. The movie shows a policeman in uniform attempting to rape the heroine. The same cop is shown stripping his uniform in two scenes.
The scene where the hero takes the law into his hand and the comment he makes on the judiciary. In another scene a male prison warden is shown drinking and asking a female warden to supply women.
Reportedly based on Sathyaraj’s hugely successful Tamil flick Walter Vetrivel, Kerala Police which has Kalabhavan Mani in the lead role, is all set for to release by this month end.
Mani plays Inspector Sathyanath, who is a tough and rightful police officer. Swarnamalya plays the heroine and appears as a CBI officer.
Innocent, Archana, Madhu Warrier, Augustine and Lakshmi Sharma are also in the cast. The film is penned by Anwar Abdullah and is directed by Chandrasekharan. Newcomer Kailas Menon is the composer. Bangalore-based DKM Group is producing the film which is planned for an Easter release.
Malayalam superstar Mammootty's phone rang non-stop Friday with well-wishers greeting him on his birthday, but for the veteran actor it was work as usual.
"There is nothing special for the day and I am shooting for Renji Panicker's latest film here," Mammootty told. And when asked about his age, he replied: "Mammootty today is 26 years old in the Malayalam film industry." He also clarified that he had no role in an advertisement in a leading newspaper, asking people to wish him a happy birthday by calling a particular number.
"I do not know anything about that," said the star, who is in his 50s.
And the film he is shooting for is equally special as Mammootty will don the cop's uniform for the 25th time in an acting career spanning over 25 years. It was the role of a police officer in the movie "Yavanika" in the early 1980s that propelled his career to newer heights.Since then he has had no reason to worry about the success of a film in which he donned the khaki uniform.
Pawan Kalyan is now following in the footsteps of Venkatesh. Venky played a police officer in the film 'Gharshana'. He excelled in his role as a cop. Venky worked hard for his role – he built up his muscles and also cropped his hair short. Pawan is growing a thick moustache and he has also cropped his hair very short.
Pawan is also building up his muscles in order to look like a tough police officer. SJ Suryah is the director and work on the film will commence shortly. The name of Parvathi Melton is being mentioned prominently to play the heroine in the film.
Don't worry. Mohanlal didn't get himself injured in any accident on the sets. In one of his new films, he is starring as a man who had lost all his fingers to the villains.
The film in question is the much-delayed 'Ramgopal Varma Ki Aag'. This is Ramgopal Varma's interpretation of the 1970's classic hit 'Sholay'. The director says that while 'Sholay' is a typical formula masala film, he has tried to make 'Aag' a more well-balanced film with characters that aren't that stereotypical.
So, Mohanlal was brought in to play the role of 'Thakur', the good landlord whose arms are chopped away by the dreaded dacoit Gabbar Singh. In the 70's there were larger-than-life dacoits in north India, so the story made sense. In the present times, we have the Mumbai underworld. So, now, the dacoit is replaced by a powerful and colorful gangster played by Amitabh Bachchan.
Mohanlal is Narasimha, the police officer who comes close to putting an end to the don's activities. Angered, the don amputates his fingers. Urmila Matondkar makes a spectacular appearance in an item number. The film would sure be worth watching atleast for the song sequence.
Mohanlal goodwill ambassador for AIDS awareness prog
Thiruvananthapuram, March 12: The Kerala AIDS Control Society has decided to launch a visual media campaign featuring actor Mohanlal to spread awareness about the disease.
State Health Minister P K Sreemathi launched the campaign in Mohanlal's presence at a function here today.
"As per a latest study, there are about one lakh HIV cases in the state," Society Project Officer Rajan N Khobaragade said.
"The campaign titled 'stigma and discrimination persons found to be HIV positive face,' aims at creating an awareness in society about aids. The main hurdle for prevention of the disease was the stigma and discrimination associated with it," he said.
Mohanlal would be the 'goodwill ambassador' of society, he said.
Mohanlal said he was happy to be part of a social cause.
The society should change its attitude towards AIDS patients. The government was taking steps to extend all assistance to HIV affected persons and check the spread of the disease, Sreemathi said.
Superstar Mohanlal who was engaged with the shooting of the remake film of the Bollywood classic, Sholay has completed with its shooting.
The remake directed by Ram Gopal Varma has Mohanlal playing the role of polic officer, Thakur which was orginally enacted by Sanjeevkumar.
However there has been slight variations made to the new version of his character which is said to be totally in fit with Lal's acting adaptabilities. Lal plays the role of a South Indian City Commissioner in the film.
If there is an actor in Indian cinema who is a complete professional it is Mammootty. On his birthday on Friday ( Sep 7) the actor was working for Ranji Panikkar's Showariam and celebration was kept at a low key.
Of course the superstar's mobile was ringing non-stop on the sets, as fans and well wishers were calling him to wish him on his birthday. Mammootty wearing police uniform for the 25th time in a career spanning 26 years as hero, is the best cop in Malayalam films.
Right from the days when he did K.G George's Yavanika to I.V Sasi's Inspector Balram series he has been superb in uniform on the screen.
After Mammootty, it is now Kalabhavan Mani who will be seen in a khaki uniform. He has signed a new film titled Kerala Police by filmmaker Chandrashekharan. The movie will also star Siddique, Nedumudi Venu, Innocent, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Shammi Thilakan, Bijukuttan and others. Kailas Menon helms the music for the numbers penned by Girish Puthencherry.
Malayalam actors have played the roles of cops and such movies have been well-received by audiences. This year, we had Khaki starring Prithviraj and Mukesh in the role of cops and Time starring Suresh Gopi in the role of a police officer. Mammootty will be seen in the role of a cop for the 25th time in the upcoming film directed by Renji Panicker.
2010/12/15 16:50:20 The girl next door now becomes the girl neighboring state. She is Tollywood actress Sneha, who long time back shifted to Kollywood for her survival in the film industry. An year ago or so, she acts in a heroine oriented, action packed, bilingual film made in Telugu as ‘Bhavani IPS’ and in Tamil as ‘Bhavani.’ But, the film makers couldn’t make the ends meet due to several problems. One out of the many reasons is, they couldn’t find theaters for their film, because distributors in both states opines that, the girl next door may not be able to impress the audiences with her new looks in Kaki Uniform playing the police officer role and fighting with villains, instead of romancing with heroes.
However, during a recent interview to a leading news channel she said “Initially, I am afraid to do the stunts with so many people, but when all the unit members fondly encouraged me, I did it with great ease. When, the rushes fall into hands, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I feel very happy for my stunts and action part. I was so involved in my police officer character that, on the last day of the shooting when I have to remove my police dress, I feel very sad. Depending on the success of this film, I will play many more such roles in the coming days,” said Sneha.
But, neither she nor the producer able to say when they could release their film!
After a long time Mohanlal is doing a scene in his new film Hello where he gets sozzled! Mohanlal fans simply love his drunken act on the screen. It is so convincing and great fun, as his dialogue delivery after getting drunk is sure to go down with the masses!
Watch out for a great revelry scene between Mohanlal, a lawyer who is drunk most of the time and Jagathy his best friend. They drink in a pond, with country liquor kept on a floating Uruli, and have a ball, which lands them in the police station!
Rafi and Mecartin the king of comedy capers is directing Mohanlal for the first time, and they say Hello has shaped out as a mass entertainer. New girl Parvathy Milton is Mohanlal's heroine.
Films are a strong medium that have helped create the ubiquitous image of the policeman. But how authentic is the projection?
Police flicks like Shootout at Lokhandwala, Black Friday, Sehar, Company, Ab Tak 56, Kagaar and Satya are known to be made on real life policemen or real incidents.
But do these flicks showcase the originality and authenticity of the real man-out-in-the-middle and his circumstances? Lets hear it from the horse's mouth itself.
Y P Singh, former IPS officer and now an advocate says, "The films that show policemen or the police system deviate to absurd levels. They come across as silent approvers of the ills of the police system in India."
Daya Nayak, the much celebrated as well as controversial Mumbai policeman, whose real life "encounters" have inspired many such flicks, rues that such movies are "prejudiced" against those in uniform and the system.
"The writers take liberty while reconstructing the events. Policemen should not be shown as 'jokers'," Nayak adds.
And when it comes to providing filmmakers with vital inputs, Nayak says their feeds are restricted to the "directives of the police manual" only.
Although a number of films "officially or unofficially" take the help of policemen, the outcome is not what they expect.
Audience council award for Mohanlal, Kavya Madhavan
Even though Mohanlal is going through tough times as the commercial run of his films are concerned, he is gaining more and more accolades for the performances in the films that he had done last year.
The latest award that the actor is fetching for 2007 is the Film Audience Council Awards, which was announced a couple of days back. Mohanlal won the award for the best actor for his performance in the movie 'Paradesi' which featured him as an old man of eighty, fighting for his rights to be on the land that he loved most.
The same movie ’Paradesi’ (directed by PT Kunju Mohammed) also won the award for best film of the year. Kavya Madhavan was selected as the best actress. Lal Jose's ‘Arabikatha' was named as the second best film of the year, while Ranjith won the award for the best director.