Megastar Mammootty has been selected as the most popular Malayali in the world in a poll conducted by the Asian Television Awards. The poll was conducted by Asian Television Awards 2010, which were held in Dubai on Friday (May 14). Mammootty beat Mohanlal and Resul Pookutty to clinch the Most Popular Malayali title in a world-wide gallop poll. Mammootty, who turned up at the event said: This award proves that it has not affected the Malayalis judgment. This award proves that no outside force was able to displace the icons in their mind. Later in his acceptance speech the actor said: I am incredibly happy and thankful to all those Malayalis who chose me as their dearest star and I am proud of each and every Malayali in the Gulf, Kerala and the world over.