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Happy Birthday Mammootty! Before Kannur Squad, stream these 5 cop thrillers of the megastar

Kannur Squad is Mammootty's upcoming investigative drama that is scheduled to hit theatres on September 28

Happy Birthday Mammootty! Before Kannur Squad, stream these 5 cop thrillers of the megastar
Mammootty in his police roles

Last Updated: 07.36 AM, Sep 07, 2023


Mammootty is one of Malayalam cinema's biggest stars. And what better time than his birthday to take a look at his impressive career? The actor, who turns 72, has been in the film industry for over four decades and has played a wide range of characters. Among his many different roles, those of a policeman stand out for their unique traits, masterfully portrayed by Mammootty.

Let's explore some of Mammootty's best police roles.

Jacob Eeraly in Yavanika: Disney+ Hotstar

Mammootty in Yavanika
Mammootty in Yavanika

Jacob Eeraly was the character that Mammootty played in KG George's mystery thriller, Yavanika. Not only was his acting impressive, but the impact of the film as a whole was incredible. Yavanika had great character development and effectively used nonlinear storytelling. Mammootty's character, Jacob Eeraly, is an investigating officer who is tasked with uncovering the death of an actress. He effortlessly played a shrewd police officer, his performance leaving a lasting impression. Bharat Gopi's portrayal of an alcoholic with grey shades is also applause worthy.

Manikandan in Unda: Amazon Prime Video


Mammootty played SI Manikandan, a police officer who encounters difficulties during election duty in Chattisgarh, in this thriller drama directed by Khalid Rahman. Unlike his other cop roles, Unda features Mammootty as a police officer who is scared for his life and has health issues. Throughout the film, the actor effortlessly conveys the helplessness and leadership struggles faced by Manikandan in an unknown land. The climax of the film is expertly crafted and provides a lot for Mammootty fans to cheer about. Additionally, Unda features one of Mammootty's best introduction scenes.

Haridas in Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu: Disney+ Hotstar

Poster of  Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu
Poster of Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu

In this film, Mammootty plays Haridas, a cop who is in charge of a series of murder cases following the death of a judge. Written by Padmarajan and directed by Joshiy, the suspense thriller also stars Suresh Gopi, Nedumudi Venu, and Sumalatha. The film also depicts Mammootty as a family man, parallelly showcasing his family life. Sumalatha plays Mammootty's wife, who is crucial in bringing the murderer to justice. Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Padmarajan introduced scientific interrogation techniques like narcoanalysis in the film, which was not commonly seen in Malayalam films at the time. Padmarajan is known for his scripts that blend both happiness and sadness, which is also evident in this film.

Perumal in August 1: ZEE5

Mammootty in August 1
Mammootty in August 1

In August 1, Mammootty plays Perumal, a police officer who successfully thwarts the assassination of the Chief Minister. The movie reminds one of Clint Eastwood's iconic cop flicks like Dirty Harry and In the Line of Fire. The game of cat and mouse between Perumal and the killer is particularly thrilling to watch. Despite Mammootty's character being relatively predictable as a cunning and tough police officer, he delivers a nuanced performance. The movie also has several action sequences featuring Captain Raju and Mammootty, which are among the highlights of August 1.

Balram in Aavanazhi: Amazon Prime Video

Mammootty in Aavanazhi
Mammootty in Aavanazhi

Aavanazhi, an action thriller directed by IV Sasi, centres on Balram, a rough and alcoholic police officer who has a problem with everyone. Despite being an honest officer, his corrupt superiors constantly control and discourage him. Mammootty embodies the character to perfection as a police officer with a dark past. Although Mammootty has played other characters who take on the system in films like Godman, Balram stands out due to its emotional arc and Mammootty's swag.

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