After wrapping up the shoot of his dream project Yatra, filmmaker Mahi Vraghav on Wednesday wrote a heartfelt note, paying tribute to Malayalam superstar Mammootty. In the note, the young filmmaker has described the actor as a “great mentor and a wonderful human being.”
“He has nothing to prove. He can simply walk away into the sunset and still remain a legend. It is our tradition and culture to respect our guest. Sure, you can criticise him and tear him apart if he has failed as an actor or has not lived up to your expectation. As a critic and audience, you are entitled to it,” he writes while giving a glimpse of Mammootty that he came to know on the sets of Yatra.
“But here is an actor who – listened to the script in Telugu, learnt the meaning of every word, wrote every single word in his language and delivered the lines on the set superbly (sic),” he noted.
“Here is an actor who dubbed and re-dubbed every line to make it as authentic as it can be. He is so much in love with our language, culture and films and has nothing but admiration for it,” he added.
Yatra is based on the life of one of India’s most influential political figures, Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, popularly known as YSR Reddy. And the director has said that no other actor “could have made this character and script as alive as he did.”
“He is truly magical, wonderful and I am grateful to the Yatra we had (sic),” he added.