Mammootty is one of the two pillars of the Malayalam film industry and is arguably one of the greatest actors in the country. With immaculate control and nuanced acting, he is renowned for his acting prowess. Having acted in over 400 films in six languages, the fan-favourite actor has won three National Awards for Best Actor and seven Kerala State Awards in his illustrious career.
Mammootty started his acting career with his debut in Anubhavangal Paalichakal in 1971. However, it was in 1980 he got his first starring role with Mela, directed by the legendary K G George. 1980 to 1990 saw some of his most notable works and laid the foundation of what he would become. Thus started a dynasty of a star who seamlessly fused stardom and quality acting to scale the heights of cinema.
As the megastar celebrates 50 years of cinema, we take a look at some of his great films released in the 80’s: