Home / Industry / Media /  Mammootty-starrer ‘Christopher’ to release on 9 February

Mammootty-starrer Christopher will release in cinemas on 9 February. The Malayalam-language action thriller has been directed by B. Unnikrishnan and written by Udaykrishna.

Mammootty made his acting debut in the Malayalam film Anubhavangal Paalichakal in 1971. His first leading role was in I. V. Sasi’s unreleased film Devalokam (1979) but a breakthrough came in 1981 with his performance in Ahimsa, a political film also directed by Sasi.

Major commercial successes during this time included the 1983 films Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu and Aa Raathri. Following a series of box office failures, the 1987 crime thriller New Delhi improved his commercial standing. The films that followed through the next decade established Mammootty as one of the leading stars of the Malayalam film industry.

The 2000s were a period of critical and commercial success for the actor. His performance in the Hindi and English-language bilingual biopic Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000) won him the National Film Award for Best Actor, and he gained much recognition for Kaazhcha (2004) and Paleri Manikyam (2009).

He garnered further critical praise for the satire Pranchiyettan & the Saint (2010), drama Varsham (2014), period drama Pathemari and black comedy Unda (2019), receiving several awards for the first three. His commercial hit releases include the period action Mamangam and Madhura Raja in 2019, and the action thriller Bheeshma Parvam in 2022.

Mammootty is the chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs the Malayalam television channels Kairali TV, Kairali News and Kairali We. He is the owner of multiple production ventures, including the distribution-production banner Playhouse and the Mammootty Kampany.

Mammootty has acted in Tamil films for directors including K. Balachander (Azhagan), Mani Ratnam (Thalapathy), Fazil (Kilippechu Kekkavaa), N. Linguswamy (Aanandham), R. K. Selvamani (Makkal Aatchi), Marumalarchi Bharathi (Marumalarchi) and Ethirum Puthirum and Rajiv Menon (Kandukondain Kandukondain) (2000). He also appeared in K. Viswanath’s Telugu film Swathi Kiranam (1992).

Lata Jha
Lata Jha covers media and entertainment for Mint. She focuses on the film, television, video and audio streaming businesses. She is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She can be found at the movies, when not writing about them.
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