Onnanu Nammal: AMMA and Asianet bring alive a song-dance fiesta in Abu Dhabi to raise funds for Kerala Flood rehabilitation

Onnanu Nammal: A great Friday Fiesta in Abudhabi by Malayalam Film Actors brought alive by AMMA and Asianet in a fundraiser for the rehabilitation of flood victims in Kerala

Asianet coverage of the event, Onnanu Nammal in Abu Dhabi.

A galaxy of Malayalam film stars converged at the Abu Dhabi Armed Officers Club in the Capital of the United Arab Emirates on December 7, for a live-wire song-dance evening, titled: “Onnanu Nammal” (We are One), brought alive by the film body, Association of Malayalam Movie Artists or popularly known as AMMA along with Asianet, apparently to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the flood victims. Most of the top actors in the Malayalam film industry made their presence felt, including Mammootty and Mohanlal, who spiced up with evening with their satirical skits, which filled the crowd with excitement.

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Actor Meera Nandan, an exaptriate in the UAE herself, speaks to Asianet in a pre-event interview. Video: Facebook/Asianet.

Besides that Mohanlal and Manju Warrier, whose new film, Odiyan is due for the release, rendered a song from this fantasy thriller movie. Also, the new generation sensation, Dulquar Salmaan, also the son of Mammooty entertained the youth with a foot tapping song that made the evening crowd sizzle at the peak of excitement. Also, the icing in the proverbial cake was the percussion performance by the actor Jayaram, which also created a lot of buzz. Jayaram, who shot into fame with his Mimicry show called Mimix Parade and later forayed into Malayalam tinsel town, proved the crowd that his mimicking ability had not diminished one bit, over the years, as he was fully involved in films. The huge gathering were enjoying the winter weather as well as the rib-tickling voice initiations of many actors including actor, Kamal Haasan.

Artists at the Abudhabi Onnanu Nammal Event.

The cynosure of all eyes were at Asha Sharat, the Dubai-based performing artist and Malayalam film actor, who entertained the audience with her graceful dance performance, which was followed by a comical skit by Mammooty and Mohalal acting on stage as bitter foes.

Vineeth Radhakrishnan presented a colourful and mind-blowing choreography.

Vineeth Radhakrishnan-Manoj K Jayan-Siddique-Mukesh at Onnanu Nammal Event in Abu Dhabi Armed Officers Club. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan.

The six hour evening was replete with a slew of programmes, which will be telecast soon by the Asianet television channel soon. The charity fund raising event came to a close with a range of programmes making the crowd happy.

Malayalam Film Industry Crew in the Aircraft

These artists organised several programmes under AMMA as part of its efforts to collect 2.5 million Dirhams or Rs. 50 million that will go to the Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund. Many artists from the Malayalam film industry including Lakshmi Gopalasamy, Manoj K Jayan, Siddique, Tiny Tom, Aju Varghese, Jagadeesh, Mukesh, Maniyanpilla Raju, Vineeth Srinivasan, Indrans, Rachana Narayanankutty, and many others who joined the ensemble and made the evening an forgettable one.

Malayalam movie actors, Lakshmi Gopalasamy-Vineeth Radhakrishnan-Mohanlal at the Onnanu Nammal event in Abudhabi. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan.

While speaking about Onnanu Nammal, Vineeth Radhakrishnan said, “Apparently, Onnanu Nammal was a fund-raising event held in Abu Dhabi, jointly organised by AMMA and Asianet. As we are all aware that the kind of devastation the recent flood in Kerala had wreaked.

Group Photo Session at Onnanu Nammal.

This programme was not only for raising fund to help the flood victims but also to pray for them. So, it is a great cause that we have conducted this event with utmost sincerity and camaraderie. Not confining only to AMMA, other organisations like the Technician Association and all other fraternity members have cooperated and no wonder there was solid presence of this many actors and other artists who came to Abu Dhabi and organised such a big event. The diaspora crowd came in good numbers buying tickets for this great cause and took part in this charitable event and shared their prayers also for those who lost everything in the flood. I would like to thank AMMA, Asianet, all senior actors who organised this event leading from the front and the expatriates of the emirate who turned up in great numbers.”