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Awards are like appetizers, says Mammootty
By Liz Mathew,
New Delhi, Feb 17 Popular Malayalam film star Mammootty, who has
given a brilliant performance in his recent "Kayyoppu"
(signature), says that awards are like appetizers that give
momentary satisfaction, but one yearns for them again after a
"Awards are like appetizers or meals. You are satisfied when you
have them. But you always need more. I expect an award every
year," Mammootty, who has won three National Awards, told IANS
in an interview.
Mammootty was in the national capital last week, along with
filmmaker Ranjith, for a special screening of "Kayyoppu". The
film attempts to explain the trauma of innocent victims of
terror through the story of a struggling, introvert but genius
writer, played by the superstar.
The movie, which looks intensely personal in the first half,
culminates into a relatively universal issue - terrorism.
Through "Kayyoppu", the director and the actor say they wanted
to present to the "intelligentsia and audiences the devastation
caused by mindless acts of violence and also underline the
almost fatalistic existence in today's times".
Asked why he picked the theme of terrorism, which many believe
is not an issue as serious in the south as in northern India,
Ranjith said: "It's a movie for the victims of terrorism. Their
trauma is the same - be it in Beirut, Iraq, New Delhi or in
He added: "It is to remind one that it could happen anywhere,
Through the protagonist Balachandran, whose life is immersed in
the world of books, Ranjith has also tried to look at the
diminishing reading habits of the highly literate Malayali
Ranjith's earlier cinematic works include the romantic "Nandanam",
action thriller "Prajapathi" and action drama "Ravanaprabhu".
According to Mammootty, the movie is also about love. In the
film, Balachandran, who preferred to be an intellectual hero in
his younger years, gets ready to embrace his old romance - Padma
(played by Khushboo) - when she returns to Kerala after a failed
"It shows you can fall in love at any time, any age or any
moment. Nothing matters in love," said the ace actor, who has
over 300 films to his credit.
Mammootty, who played a number of offbeat roles last year, said
he was keen to get a "variety" of roles to play.
"I do glamour (roles) to remind people that I am still
glamorous," he chuckled. He pointed out that his just-released "Mayavi",
in which he plays a typical mass 'masala' hero, has been doing
well in theatres.
"I have great hopes for my next film in which I will be playing
Pazhassi Raja, (a historical figure of Kerala who raised the
first revolt against colonial rule)," Mammootty said.