It is Malayalam superstar Mammootty’s birthday today. Born as Muhammad Kutty Paniparambil Ismail on 7 September 1951, but better known by his stage name Mammootty, is one of the best known actors of the Indian film industry with a prolific career spanning over four decades and 400 films, primarily in Malayalam and also in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English.

Fans, keep reiterating that the superstar is aging backwards and keeps getting younger with every film he does,  have been posting heartfelt messages on social media wishing the 68-year-old.

His son and actor Dulquer Salmaan also took to his official Twitter handle to wish his father, Mammootty in a special way.

He posted a picture of himself with the legend and captioned it, “Happiest birthday to the reason for my being ! Inspiring us everyday, being full of love and always finding time. You’re the greatest. The legend. My vappichi @mammukka#HBDMegastarMammukka #thegoldstandard #legend #theking.”

Mammootty initially used the name Sajin in his early films. His major breakthrough film was New Delhi in 1987, a Malayalam thriller written by Dennis Jospeh and directed by Joshiy.

The star has been awarded three National Film Awards for Best Actor apart from being conferred the Padma Shri for his contribution to arts in 1998.

His next upcoming film is Mamangam, a grand historical period drama being hemled by M. Padmakumar, which is based on historical ‘Mamankam’ festival on the banks of the Bharathappuzha river.

He will be also seen in Ramesh Pisharody’s Ganagandharvan in which he plays a ‘ganamela’ singer named Kalasadhan Ullas and Ajai Vasudev’s Shylock.