Kasargod: A scenic location in north Kerala where popular actor Mammootty was doing the shoot for a film turned into a venue for charity, as the superstar led a function for distribution of medical equipment to physically challenged tribal people.
Among the tribals who trekked down from their forest was Alami Moopan. When the 90-year-old reached the ceremony that was to mark the inauguration of disbursal of health kit by Care and Share International Foundation headed by Mammootty, the actor took time off to interact with the sons of the soil.
In a brief but freewheeling chat at Parthakochi area of Mulleria in this district, Mammootty sought to learn from the Moopan and his fellow beings about the travails of life in the Malabar woods. The 67-year-old star was in the locale to act in the Malayalam flick 'Unda' being directed by Khalid Rahman and set to release next year.
Mammootty handed over the medical equipment to collector D Sajith Babu and volunteered to reach such help to all the deserving across the district. The Moopan and his team, in return, gifted the star with their ethnic musical instruments and handicrafts, besides a portrait of 20th-century social reformer Babasaheb Ambedkar (an eponymous biopic in which Mammootty played the lead role in 2000).
While the actor stressed the need for giving tribals quality education, the collector said the government was implementing a slew of programmes for the welfare of the state’s tribal communities.
Care and Share is a Kochi-based non-profitable organisation working for the health and education of the underprivileged. Its managing director, Fr Thomas Kurien Marottipuzha, announced entrusting Mammootty as the NGO’s official in charge of reaching help to the needy in the district in the next financial year.
Deserving candidates can get in touch with the authorities over phone: 04842377369.
The function was attended by Additional District Magistrate N Devidas besides Care and Share directors Robert Kuriakose and S George.