Mammootty joins Roby Varghese Raj’s directorial debut; Meet the 7 directors launched by the megastar

Mammootty is playing the lead role in cinematographer Roby Varghese Raj's directorial debut. Meet the 7 famous filmmaker launched by the megastar in Malayalam film industry.

Updated on Dec 29, 2022   |  12:16 AM IST  |  170.1K
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Malayalam film industry's beloved megastar Mammootty is currently on a signing spree and has some highly exciting projects in his kitty. The veteran actor's list of upcoming films includes projects directed by both established filmmakers and some new talents. Mammootty took to his official social media handles on December 27, Tuesday, and announced his upcoming project, which is touted to be an investigation thriller. The untitled project will mark the directorial debut of young cinematographer Roby Raj Varghese, who is best known for his excellent body of work in Malayalam cinema.

Mammootty and Roby Raj Varghese's project

As per the reports, the Mammootty starrer which is directed by Roby Raj Varghese is a unique investigation thriller that revolves around a murder mystery. The megastar is said to be playing a senior police officer in the movie, which will be widely shot in the various locations of Pala in Kerala, and North India. The project started rolling on December 27, Tuesday with a pooja ceremony. The veteran actor, who is also producing the project under his home banner Mammootty Kampany, is expected to start shooting for the untitled project on January 1, 2023. The much-awaited project will be distributed by Wayfarer Films, the home banner of Mammootty's son and renowned actor Dulquer Salmaan.

Check out Mammootty Kampany's announcement post below:

As Mammootty is now set to launch yet another new filmmaker, let's have a look at the 7 popular filmmakers launched by the megastar in Malayalam cinema...

1. Amal Neerad

The popular cinematographer-director, who is best known for his unique style of filmmaking and visualisation, was launched in the industry by Mammootty. Amal Neerad made his debut as an independent cinematographer with Black, the 2004-released Ranjith Balakrishnan directorial, which featured the megastar in the lead role. He later made his directorial debut with Big B, the 2009 released neo-noir action thriller that featured Mammootty as the celebrated character Bilal John Kurissinkal. Later, the duo teamed up in 2022 for the mega-blockbuster Bheeshma Parvam. Mammootty will soon reunite with Amal for the sequel to Big B, which has been titled, Bilal.

2. Anwar Rasheed

The talented filmmaker got a chance to make his directorial debut with Rajamanikyam, the 2005-released blockbuster quite unexpectedly. The Mammootty starrer was originally supposed to be directed by Ranjith Balakrishnan, but the senior filmmaker walked out of the project owing to creative differences. Later, the megastar himself suggested the name of Anwar Rasheed, who was an assistant director at that time, to direct the film. After the massive success of Rajamanikyam, the actor-director duo once again teamed up in 2008, for Annan Thampi. If the reports are to be believed, Mammootty and Anwar might reunite for a project very soon.

3. Blessy

The Aadujeevitham director, who has been considered one of the finest filmmakers in contemporary Malayalam cinema, made his debut with the family drama Kaazhcha, in 2004. Mammootty played the central character Madhavan in the heartbreaking film, thus paving way for the entry of one more talented filmmaker into the industry. Kaazhcha is still deeply loved by family audiences for its excellent making and fantastic music. Later, Mammootty and Blessy reunited for another family drama Palunku, in 2006.

4. Lal Jose

The celebrated filmmaker, who was a long-time assistant of senior filmmaker Kamal, decided to make his directorial debut with the film Oru Maravathoor Kanavu in 1998. Mammootty, who loved the storyline of the film, asked Lal Jose to cast him in the role of the central character Chandy, in the film. They later teamed up for many films including Pattalam, Kerala Cafe, and Immanuel.

5. Aashiq Abu

The path-breaking filmmaker, who was also an assistant of Kamal, made his directorial debut with the Mammootty starrer Daddy Cool in 2009. The movie, which ended up as a box office failure, however, earned much love from the audiences after its television premiere. The actor-director duo later teamed up for Gangster, the 2014-released action thriller which also ended up as a flop. However, this doesn't prevent Aashiq Abu from establishing himself as one of the top filmmakers of the Malayalam cinema. 

6. Martin Prakkat

Mammootty teamed up with the popular celebrity photographer Markin Prakkat for his directorial debut Best Actor, in 2010. The movie, which featured the megastar as an aspiring actor in his mid-40s, earned immense love from the audiences. Martin later helmed many acclaimed films including the Dulquer Salmaan starrer Charlie and Nayattu, the acclaimed social thriller that featured Kunchacko Boban, Joju George, and Nimisha Sajayan in the lead roles. 

7. Ratheena

One of the finest performances of Mammootty in recent times was in Puzhu, the social drama directed by newcomer Ratheena. The megastar was originally planning to launch the filmmaker with a big-budget thriller, but the project was put on the back-burner owing to the pandemic, and later Puzhu went on floors. The actor-director duo is now in talks to revive their delayed project.

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Hopelessly in love with Indian cinema, Akhila grew up watching Malayalam and Tamil films and those are still her firs...

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