Mammootty's real name is Muhammad Kutty Panaparambil Ismail. His fans fondly call him Mammookka. Mammootty debuted in his first film Anubhavangal Paalichakal in the year 1971 when he was about 20 years old. Over the last 50 years in cinema, he has acted in over 400 films, not just in Malayalam but also Tamil, Telugu, Kannada Hindi and English. Mammootty is a qualified lawyer.