Muhammad Kutty Ismail Panaparambil also known as Mammootty is an iconic Malayalam actor who has acted in over 350 movies in his career. His career has spanned three decades and given some of the most popular movies in the history of Malayalam film industry. Mammootty made his debut with the movie Vilkkanundu Swapnangal where he played the role of a villain.
His first lead role came in the movie Sphodanam directed by PG Viswambharan. Mammootty holds the record for winning the Best Actor Trophy, National Film Award and Filmfare Awards South for the maximum number of times.
10. Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha
The movie was directed by Hariharan and written by MT Vasudevan Nair. The movie was released on April 1989. Mammootty plays the role of Chandu, a historical character who is considered a villain according to the legends of Chekavar warriors of the present day North Malabar. The movie presents an alternative perspective to the viewers. The image of the character of Chandu was completely different from what was the normal perception among the people. Mammootty won his first National Award for this movie.
This movie was released on 14th August in the year 1987. The movie was penned by A.K. Lohithadas and directed by Sibi Malayil. Mammootty played the role of a school teacher named Balan Master who was suspected to be a mental patient. The movie received huge acclaims from both the audience and the critics. Mammootty’s performance was widely appreciated which made this movie one of his finest of all times.
This is a 1991 Malayalam drama film starring Mammootty. The story of the film was penned by A.K. Lohithadas and directed by Bharathan. Mammootty plays the role of an uneducated fisherman who wants his daughter to become a doctor but she instead falls for another fisherman and elopes with him. The film revolves around the state of mind of the girl’s fisherman father played by Mammootty. This movie is considered a classic and the performance of Mammootty left the audience mesmerized.
7. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar
This was a biopic on the life of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, the father of the Indian constitution. The movie was directed by Jabbar Patel. Mammootty played the role of Dr Ambedkar with perfection. The movie was in English instead of Malayalam. The film bagged three awards at the National Film Awards 1999. Mammootty won the National award for his brilliant portrayal of Dr. Ambedkar in the movie.
Bhoothakkannadi was the first directorial debut of the veteran writer A.K.Lohit Das. The movie was released in the year 1997. Mammootty plays the role of Vidyadharan, a village clock smith. The film is an emotional drama in which Mammootty plays his role with finesse and completely enthralls the audience with his acting skills. The movie won the Indira Gandhi Award for the Best First Film of a Director at the National Film Awards.
Ponthanamada is a 1994 Malayalam film which was written and directed by T.V. Chandran. The movie is set in the 1940s British India. Mammootty essays the role of a low caste worker Ponthan Mada. The movie is based on the relationship between the worker and his colonial landlord played by the legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah. The movie was very well received by the audience. Mammootty bagged the Best Actor Trophy at the National Film Awards. The movie also won the Best Director and the Best Music Director Award.
Mathilukal is a Malayalam movie based on a novel by the same name written by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. The movie was directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnanand was released in the year 1989. Mammootty played the role of Basheer, the writer who falls in love with the woman whose voice he hears coming from the women’s jail during his term of imprisonment. Mammootty displayed a spectacular performance and was awarded the National Award for his role.
This is a Tamil movie which was released in the year 1991. Thalapathi is a crime-drama film written and directed by Mani Ratnam. Mammootty plays the role of Deva, a kind hearted don who always helps the poor and the needy. This movie also featured superstar Rajinikanth who plays the role of Surya. This movie showcases the friendship between Deva and Surya in the same light as the friendship between Duryodhana and Karna in the epic Mahabharata.
2. New Delhi
New Delhi is one of the biggest hits of Mammootty. This is an action thriller which was released in the year 1987. Mammootty is seen in the role of an investigative journalist who is wronged by the politicians and is jailed. He eventually starts his own newspaper and takes revenge on each and every one of the politicians. This film was a huge success and earned Mammootty the tile of “Megastar”. The movie was directed by Joshiy and produced by Joy Thomas.
1. Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
This movie is considered to be one of the best movies of Mammootty. This is a 2009 Malayalam mystery film. Mammootty essays the role of three characters belonging to three generations in the film. The movie was directed by Ranjith. The film won the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Film and Mammootty bagged his fifth Kerala State Film Award for the Best Actor.
He is also a Padmashree awardee which the fourth highest civilian award given by the Government of India. These are the top ten best movies of Mammootty.