Muhammadkutty Ismail Panaparambil, known mononymously as Mammootty, is an Indian film actor, producer, lawyer, philanthropist and cultural icon best known for his work 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 films.
Mammootty is recognised as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema. He has been awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor three times, a record he shares with Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Hassan. He has also won five Kerala State Film Awards, and eleven Filmfare Awards. He was the first (1998) Malayali actor to be honoured with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards the arts. He was also honoured a Doctor of Letters by the University of Kerala in January 2010 and by the University of Calicut in December 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 Communist Party of India (Marxist) controlled 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