50 years of Mammootty: The megastar’s best films from the 2000s on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar
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50 years of Mammootty: The megastar’s best films from the 2000s on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar
Shilpa S
Aug 06, 2021

The first decade of this millennium was significant in the career of Malayalam cine star Mammootty as it showed that the veteran actor can adapt to the changing times. By straddling both larger-than-life and realistic roles, the megastar ensured mainstream success and critical acclaim. With every film, he managed to seamlessly blend into his character roles, each different from the other, while portraying these with authenticity. Be it in tearjerkers, thrillers or rom-coms, the superstar ensured that he outshined his fellow cast members by a mile, in over 20 films during the decade, much to the delight and admiration of ‘ikka’ fans.

Here is a list of some of the Mammootty-starrers from the 2000s that should be in your watchlist. 

6.7OTTplay Rating
Arakkal Madhavanunni, played by Mammootty, gets a target on his back when he wins a case against his uncle, Arakkal Kuttikrishnan Nair, which allows him ownership of the Arakkal ancestral home. Kuttikrishnan’s son, humiliated by the loss, decides to put an end to his cousin, whom he has been harboring resentment against since they were children. The 2000 film became one of the highest grossing films of the year.
Chronic Bachelor
6.8OTTplay Rating
This 2003 romantic comedy spawned remakes in Tamil and Telugu languages. Mammootty plays Sathyaprathapan or SP, who has vowed to remain a bachelor his life due to a deep mistrust of women that sprung up as a result of an event in his past. He lives with an aide, while helping out his half sister who lives in the same neighbourhood as him. But his easy-going bachelor life is complicated when another woman moves in with his sister and becomes infatuated with him.
Sethurama Iyer CBI
6.9OTTplay Rating
The third instalment in the CBI film franchise, the film marks the return of Mammootty’s popular Sethurama Iyer character, the intellectual Deputy Superintendent of the CBI. The film follows Iyer on a case involving a death row convict, who claims that he is innocent of one of the 7 murders he was convicted of.
8.5OTTplay Rating
Inspired by the Iranian film of 1986, Bashu, the Little Stranger, Kaazhcha is the story of a young orphan boy who befriends a villager Madhavan, played by Mammootty. After losing his family in the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat the boy, Pavan, is forced into begging and comes across Madhavan, a film projectionist. Madhavan takes the boy in and the film follows the strong bond the found family manage to form between them.
6.2OTTplay Rating
A story of brotherly love and sacrifice, Vesham follows the story of Mammootty’s character, Appu who takes the blame when his little brother is accused of murder. With Appu out of the picture, his business rival tries to take over all that he had built in his career. The movie also explores the toll and aftermath of Appu’s confession on his family.
6.3OTTplay Rating
Mayavi features a memorable performance by Mammootty as the titular character. His real name is Mahi, who has earned the nickname of Mayavi as a result of his ability to beat up criminals and get away with it without being detected. While in prison, he befriends an inmate who needs money to afford the surgery of his brother. When Mahi gets out of prison early, he takes it upon himself to fund his friend’s brother’s surgery, which leads him into all sorts of trouble. The movie became the highest grossing Malayalam film of 2007.
8.1OTTplay Rating
Rajamanikyam tells the story of a young man, played by Mammootty, who takes the blame of a murder upon himself to save his step-brother and is forced to leave his village. Years later, he returns as a billionaire with the aim of reuniting his squabbling siblings, who are hell bent on usurping their father’s riches. The film did incredibly well at the box office.
Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja
8OTTplay Rating
This Mammootty starring historical drama is based on the life of the 18th Century warrior prince Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja.It tells the story of the revolt led by the king against the British East India Company, whose courage and strength gained him the respect of even the enemy. The film is the recipient of several awards, both at the National and State level.
Karutha Pakshikal
6.9OTTplay Rating
Directed by Kamal, Karutha Pakshigal tells the story of a poor Tamil immigrant named Murugan who moves to Kerala with his three children. A widower, he makes a living ironing clothes. His visually impaired daughter soon befriends a rich woman with a terminal illness, who promises to donate her eyes to the blind girl upon her death, although the woman’s husband is not onboard with her decision. The movie showcases instances of hardships and struggle the family has to go through due the course of their life.
Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha
7.9OTTplay Rating
Based on the novel of the same name, the movie revolves around the story of Kerala’s first ever recorded murder case, recorded after the election of the communist government in the state. It follows a detective who travels back to his native village, to investigate an unsolved murder of a woman which happened over 50 years ago. Mammootty plays the roles of three characters in this murder mystery, that of the detective and two accused persons. He won a Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performance.

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