Malayalam Cinema is blessed to have two of their biggest stars still making the waves alongside the established new generation stars. They are not just stars, they are actors first. Given a proper role, they are capable of national award-winning performances at will. Between these two big M's (masters) of Mollywood, while Mohanlal created all sorts of records with the all-time blockbuster Lucifer, Megastar Mammootty has already released 4 successful films to literally own the first half of 2019. And 2019 can well be termed as the Year of Mammootty.
4 Movies - Three Languages
He has four releases - as said earlier - and all of them commercially successful to various degrees and among them are two blockbusters. Interestingly, the much-loved Megastar's first two films of the years are not in Malayalam. He has done films in three of the four major South Indian film industries.
Mammukka The Actor
The first film, Peranbu, directed by highly acclaimed Tamil filmmaker Ram known for movies like Kattradhu Thamizh and Thanga Meengal. Expectedly, the human drama which was very well received internationally went on to mesmerize Tamil critics (and the audience to an extent) and received unanimous critical acclaim. And hearteningly, Peranbu turned out to be a commercial success and is also doing well on streaming services.
It is one of the few films to receive an average critic rating of 4 and as our own review says Peranbu will certainly change the outlook of you on life and make you feel eternally grateful to the creator for giving you an able life. And as a small matter, Peranbu was also Pycker India's Best Movie of the Week (28 Jan - 2 Feb 2019).
Mammukka shed his stardom and brought the best actor he is (one of the very few to win National Film Award as Best Actor three times) and proved once again that he is as much the actor as he is the Megastar. He is Amudhavan. Not Mammootty. We don't go to the extent of saying he reinvented himself, but Amudhavan is one of his best performances of all time and one of his best roles in a long long time.
Continuing the trend of bringing back the actor in Mammootty to the fore, filmmaker Khalid Rahman's Unda turned out to be a darling for critics and a fan favorite. It went on to perform extremely well in all areas and garnered Mammukka new fans. Mani Sir (Inspector Manikandan) is easily one of the best roles for Mammootty in a Malayalam film in this decade.
Two and half decades ago Mammootty played a role in his Telugu Cinema debut which is still talked about. Swathi Kiranam that movie is. After more than a couple of decades, he returned to Tollywood to essay one of the most loved leaders of Teluguland, Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the late Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The movie Yatra - an event-based biopic - received generally positive reviews everywhere and Mammootty's portrayal of that mass leader received high acclaim. The Telugu film did well in Kerala too. One more commercial success.
Mammootty the actor!!! But where is the star?
Here comes Madhura Raja. Reprising the iconic role from Pokkiri Raja, Mammootty delivered a thumping performance to rock the box office. Not just a commercial success, Madhura Raja has turned out to be a celebration for Megastar's fans. A movie worthy of his stardom. The Vysakh directorial went on to break several records and as per the producers became one of the very few films to join the 100 Cr. Club.
The Year of Mammootty
More than just numbers, Mammootty proved that he is adept at both performance-oriented roles and has the capacity to make the audience flock the theatres not just in Kerala but also in other states. All he needs is a well-constructed character or the freedom to let the Megastar in himself get unleashed. One more decade of Megastardom is on cards and who doesn't want it?
Finally, by looking at the versatility in performance and selection of subjects, Mammootty owned the year. We can safely say with several more highly anticipated films on offering from him,
2019 Is The Year Of Mammootty!!!