‘Mamangam’ Megastar Mammootty Says Stardom Is Imposed Not Acquired

Mammootty has earned a large fanbase in his career spanning over four decades and over 400 films. The Malayali actor will next be seen in a period drama titled ‘Mamangam’.

Mammootty’s forthcoming release is one of the most expensive films to be made in Mollywood. The film will be the first Malayali movie to be released in four different languages; Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

The megastar calls himself an ‘accidental lawyer’. “I wanted to become an actor, and accidentally I became a lawyer for a while,” Mammootty told IANS.

However popular he may be, Mammootty has never let fame get to his head. He was quoted as saying “Stardom is not a position. You are not acquiring it. It is imposed on you that ‘you are a star’. You should not take it to your mind.”

The actor calls his debut film the most challenging of his career, looking back on his journey, he said “As an actor, you have to reinvent yourself… You can correct yourself only when you find your mistakes.” Mammootty told IANS that failure does not scare him but does affect him.

Talking about his upcoming film Mammootty said, “What excited me was the role offered to me and the historical importance of the story.
It happens in the 15th and 16th century in north Kerala… There were braver and bolder people and their sacrifice must be known to the new generation. And my role is also interesting.”

The historical film stars Mammootty in the lead role along with Unni Mukundan, Prachi Desai, Malavika Menon. Mamangam will hit screens later this year.

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