The Golden Visa is issued only to chosen few who have outstanding achievements
This is the first time stars from the Malayalam industry have been awarded the prestigious Golden Visa. Bollywood stars Sanjay Dutt and Shah Rukh have previously received the honour. Recently superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal received the golden visa in view of their contributions to art and Cinema. Abu Dhabi Economic Development Chairman H.E. Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi handed over the Visa to both the actors. He said that the UAE government wanted to attract talent from different parts of the world and that it was a privilege to honour Mammootty and Mohanlal.
Mohanlal said that at a time when the Cinema industry is going through a difficult time, this is a revelation and it will help to promote the industry. Mammootty thanked the Kerala audience and said it was their love that has helped them to achieve this recognition and honour. Both the stars thanked the UAE government and businessman MA Yusuff Ali for facilitating the process.