Having gone beyond himself to prove his skill, Mammootty continues to inspire and astonish. He began his movie career in 1971, and went on to give many memorable performances through the 80's and 90's. He has won the National Award for Best Actor, for his roles in 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha' (1989), 'Mathilukal' (1990), 'Ponthan Mada' (1994), 'Vidheyan' (1994), and 'Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar' (2000).