On the list of Kamal Haasan’s favourite Indian films is the 1971 Malayalam classic Anubhavangal Paalichakal. While watching it for the first time, he may not have noticed the presence of his friend and fellow-actor Mammootty in it.
It was a you-blink-you-miss kind of role. Mammootty had to wait for another decade before Malayalam cinema began to give him enough screen time. The early 1980s saw him rise as an actor with exceptional talent, stunning good looks and a great voice.