Sandalwood gives a warm welcome to Mammootty

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 09, 2010 04:21 hrs

Megastar Mammootty received a grand and warm welcome at Bengaluru, when he arrived there to act in his debut Kannada film. He was welcomed with sandalwood garland and the traditional Mysore crown.

Mammootty will be acting in Shikari, directed by young director Abhayasimha. Veteran director Rajendra Singh Babu recalled that he had approached Mammootty on several earlier occasions to act in Kannada films, but did not materialise.

He said that he was overwhelmed as Abhaya, who is like his son, was able to bring Mammooty to Kannada. Choreographer Chinni Prakash, actress Tara, actors Adarsh and Mohan too praised Mammootty.

Amidst loud cheers and applause, Mammootty said that he has watched several Kannada films. He also said that he would learn Kannada by the time he finishes the film. However, Mammootty will be dubbing for the film in Kannada.

Mammootty also recalled his association with Dr Raj Kumar and Vishnuvardan and expressed his regret that they were not there to share his joy.

He expressed his happiness to associate with young directors like Abhaya. This film Shikari will be made in Malayalam too.