An autobiography named "Chamayangalillathe"(without makeup) which was serialised in Malayala Manorama weekly was a hit like his movies which later published as a book in 1992. The book tells about his life from his birth till it was first released.
Has a daughter, Surmi, and a son, Dulquar Salman.
Patron of the Pain and Palliative Care Society, a charitable organization formed with the aim of improving the quality of life in patients with advanced cancer and with chronic pain.
Has won the National Award for Best Actor numerous times, for his roles in Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989), Mathilukal (1990), Ponthan Mada (1994), Vidheyan (1994), and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000).
Along with Mohanlal, he is considered the biggest star of Malayalam movies.