Muhammad Kutty (born Pannaparambil Muhammad Kutty on September 07, 1953) better known by his screen name Mammootty, is an award winning Indian film actor. He is the only actor other than Prem Nazir, who completed 300 films as hero in Malayalam film history. A lawyer by qualification, Mammootty has always wanted to be an actor and his first screen appearance was in Anubhavangal Paalichakal in 1971. But it was after eight years that he made his actual debut with Vilkanundu Swapnangal. Within five years Mammootty had acted in more than 150 films and donned various roles. He turned a mass hero with huge crowd-pulling charm after three years in the industry. The unique thing that separates Mammootty from his contemporaries is that from the beginning he has been able to treat both art and commercial movies with ease. It was his acting talents coupled with his willingness to go to any extent to rationally portray the roles that helped him to be successful in both commercial and art movies.
Best known as an actor, Mammootty has received many major awards for his performances. These include three National Awards, seven Kerala State Film Awards, and ten Filmfare Awards. In 1998, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for his contributions toward Indian cinema. In 1998, the Government of India honored him with Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor for his outstanding contributions to Indian cinema. Mammootty achieved international fame as a result of his portrayal of Dr.Ambedkar. in 1998 He had his biggest commercial success with the action-comedy Rajamanikyam in 2005.
Mammootty is also the Chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs some popular Malayalam TV channels like Kairali TV, People TVand Channel We. After a survey among its readers, the Vanitha magazine selected Mammootty as the actor with the most sex appeal. Mammootty has promoted humanitarian causes throughout Kerala, and he is the Goodwill Ambassador of the Akshaya project.