Mamukkoya, a veteran actor in Mollywood, passed away on Wednesday at 1:05 pm in Kozhikode at the age of 76 due to a brain hemorrhage. He had been receiving medical care in a private hospital in Kozhikode for a few days prior to his passing.
Just two days before his passing, on Monday, April 24th, the actor had collapsed on a football field in Malappuram while attending the inauguration function of the Poongod Janakeeya Sevens Football Tournament. He was immediately taken to a private hospital in Kozhikode and remained on a ventilator until his passing. The cause of his collapse is still unknown, despite some reports suggesting a heart attack.
Mamukkoya – Five Decades of Laughter
Mamukkoya was an accomplished actor who played many memorable characters in Mollywood. Some of his most popular films include “Pattanapravesham,” “Nadodikkattu,” and “Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu.” He received critical acclaim for his performances in recent films like “Sulaikha Manzil” and “Kuruthi.” The actor had several upcoming projects in the works, including “Footage,” “B Nilavarayum Sharjah Palliyum,” “Kannada Talkies,” and “Nancy Rani.” Mamukkoya’s passing is a great loss for the film industry and his fans.
A Skilled Actor Mamukkoya is Known for Playing Specific Roles
Despite being frequently cast as a comedic character from Malabar in movies such as Perumazhakkalam, he demonstrated his versatility as an actor. In the emotionally stirring drama directed by Kamal, he expertly portrayed a luckless elderly man and received recognition for his performance at the Kerala State Film Awards.
Mamukkoya, who passed away on April 26th, 2023, was an actor from India who was renowned for his performances in Malayalam cinema. He even made an appearance in the French film, “Flammens of Paradise”. He was primarily recognized for his comedic roles and his use of the Mappila dialect and style, which made him stand out in the industry. Mamukkoya acted in over 450 Malayalam films and was the inaugural recipient of the State Award for Best Comedian in Malayalam Cinema.
Personal Life, Career and Death
Mamukkoya was born on July 5, 1946 to Chalikandiyil Muhammed and Imbachi Ayisha. He grew up with a brother named Koyakutty and received his primary education at MM High School in Calicut. Mamukkoya married Suhara and had four children – Muhammed Nisar, Shahitha, Nadiya, and Abdul Rasheed. He resided in Kozhikode near Beypore.
Mamukkoya began his career as a theatre actor and later ventured into films with his debut in Anyarude Bhoomi (1979). He then appeared in S. Konnanatt’s Surumaitta Kannukal and was introduced to Sathyan Anthikkad by scriptwriter and actor Sreenivasan. His performance as Gafoor in Nadodikkattu (1987) earned him a cult following in Kerala and even led to an animation series based on his character.
Mamukkoya showcased his versatility as an actor with his award-winning performance in Perumazhakkalam (2004) and in Byari, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. He also portrayed the title role in Korappan, the Great (2001), depicting a forest brigand like Veerappan. Mamukkoya received a Special Mention in the Kerala State Film Award for his performance in Perumazhakkalam.
Sadly, on April 24, 2023, while inaugurating a soccer tournament in Malappuram, Kerala, Mamukkoya suffered a heart attack and passed away on April 26, 2023.
Kerala State Film Award
2004 – Special Mention – Perumazhakkalam
2008 – Best Comedian – Innathe Chintha Vishayam
Jaihind TV Award
2008 – Best Comedy Artist – Innathe Chintha Vishayam
2009 – Kala Ratnam Award of KALA Abu Dhabi
In 2015, rumors circulated on the internet about the death of an actor. A message on WhatsApp claimed that Mamukkoya had died in a private hospital in Kozhikode due to kidney failure. However, Mamukkoya responded to the rumors and confirmed that he was in good health and high spirits.
Another Malayalam actor and legend, Mohanlal, was upset by the rumors and expressed his thoughts on the internet. Having experienced death hoaxes himself, he couldn’t understand why people would spread false news about someone who was actually alive. He even called for the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for spreading the rumors about Mamukkoya.
Sadly, a month after the passing of another Malayalam film legend, Innocent, Mamukkoya did pass away. Innocent, a cancer survivor, had been unwell for some time and was admitted to the hospital in early March for respiratory problems. He passed away later that same month.