As Malayalam megastar Mammootty turns 65 on Wednesday, there’s a warm tinge to the celebrations from his son Dulquer Salmaan.
Dulquer, who has fast established himself as one of Malayalam cinema’s bankable actors, wrote a heart-warming note on Facebook on the occasion of his father’s birthday.
“My dearest vappichi. You are where our family begins. You are the tree that shades us all,” wrote Dulquer, in a note that evoked praise and respect for his father.
“You were meant to do extraordinary things. And you did all of that. You accomplished everything you dreamed of. Legendary feats. You climbed the tallest of mountains. And at the highest peak you held your family. Safe and sound,” he wrote. He also shared a picture of the family, including his father, mother and siblings.
Mammootty, who has reigned over Malayalam cinema for more than three decades alongside Mohanlal, has to his credit a clutch of three national film awards and seven state film awards. ‘Mathilukal’, a film directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan and based on a novel by acclaimed writer Vaikom Mohammad Basheer, gave Mammootty one of the most critically-acclaimed roles. It also brought him national and state film awards. In fact, the actor’s performance was included by Forbes among a list of 25 greatest acting stints in Indian cinema. ‘Pathemari’, a 2015 film that portrayed Mammootty as a hard-working Malayali migrant in Dubai, was praised for its evocative storyline and was a commercial success at the box office.
In a Facebook post earlier today, the actor shared the first look poster of ‘The Great Father’, written and directed by Haneef Adeni. The film also stars Prithviraj Sukumaran and Arya.
The actor’s fans welfare association based in the Gulf countries announced it would adopt a tribal settlement in Kerala and raised a sum of Rs 2 lakh as the first installment.