Once Mammootty asked: ‘Who named you Abi?’
‘Who gave you this name, Abi?’ Mammootty asked Kalabhavan Abi this question when he went to act in his first film. But Abi could not give him a proper answer at that moment. But later Abi explained the story.
“Actually, my name Habeeb Ahammed was changed to Abi by the temple festival committees. When we take part in stage shows in connection with festivals, they have to announce the names of artists. When I went to participate in a show, somebody announced my name as Abi because they did not know my full name. Thus I became Abi in all shows performed later on.
In fact, Abi is rather a very small name. When naming a person, it is good to have some resonating letters in it. ‘Lal’ is a short name. But the resonance in it will shake the people a bit…” Abi explained the story behind his name.