Dulquer Salmaan is all praise for his real life hero!
Even as fans and well wishers pour in their love for Megastar Mammootty as he completes 50 years in Cinema, the most touching note would be that of his son Dulquer Salmaan who is Mammootty’s biggest fan. His words reflect the love, respect and adoration that he has for his father, his idol and role model! Here is what he writes, “50 years of being an actor. Of dreaming big and never giving up. Still dreaming bigger. Of being better every day. Never being satiated. Of never tiring. Of forever being hungry to play the next great character. Forever striving to find the next great film. Of wanting to be known more as an actor than a megastar. Of loving cinema and the craft more than any actor I’ve met. Of inspiring millions. Of influencing generations. Of leading only by example. Of sticking to your morals and traditions irrespective of the times. Of being a stickler for quality. Of upholding relationships. Of being virtuous. Of valuing integrity. Of never taking short cuts. Of being the gold standard. Of running your own race. Of being a real life hero.
Even though you dislike these celebrations of your career milestones. 50 years of the most illustrious and glorious of careers is no small accomplishment.
Every day I count my blessings. Cause I get to see touch and hold the man outside of celluloid. And witness his life. Live under his greatness. His light. Experience the warmth and love people have for you. Hear your stories from the people whose lives you’ve touched. I could write a book on you. But for now I’ll stop at this.
There was once a boy whose eyes lit up when he discovered the magical world of the movies. He dreamed of being a part of it and pursued it relentlessly. And from when he got his first chance he worked tirelessly to make his mark. To make it count. For he values it. He maintains to this day he needs cinema more than cinema needs him. And no matter what heights he reaches, he makes his mountain only grow taller. Those who know him, know he’s still climbing and will never stop. That mountain of being the best actor he can possibly be.”
It is indeed an achievement to be immensely proud of. Apart from being the superhero in all four South Indian languages, Mammootty has also left his mark in Bollywood. He has won umpteen awards which includes three National film awards, seven State film awards and many other prestigious awards. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution to arts and has also been awarded a honorary doctorate degreed by University of Calicut and University of Kerala.