Mammootty is the most popular Malayali in
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The poll conducted by Asian Television
Awards 2010, which were held on Friday, sought to recognise talent from the
Malayalam television industry but the real star of the evening turned out to
"This award proves that it has not affected the Malayalis' judgment,"
Mammootty said while receiving the award and referring to the recent
controversy that established stars such as the actor himself were
discouraging new talent in the Malayalam movie industry.
"It proves that the allegations were set aside and I am proud of that
Malayali. This award proves that no outside force was able to displace the
icons in their mind," Mammootty said.
The 56-year-old cinematic icon has worked in more than 300 films and has
been a recipient of many accolades including National, State and popular
awards in India. He is also the Chairman of Malayalam Communications, which
runs Malayalam TV channels Kairali TV, People TV and WE TV.
"I am incredibly happy and thankful to all those Malayalis who chose me as
their dearest star and I am proud of each and every Malayali in the Gulf,
Kerala and the world over," the actor said.
UAE-based business tycoon M A Yousuf Ali was awarded the Most Popular NRI
award. Acclaimed film director Sreekumaran Thampi received the Life Time
Achievement award. On-screen pair Archana Kavi and Kailash won the Most
Frequently Appeared Stars on TV Channel.
Rimi Tomy, Renjini Haridas and actress Archana performed on the occasion.
Biography of Mammootty
( Courtesy: PTI/UNI
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