Thursday, 13 January 2011



Mohanlal Mohanlal is a famous actor and producer of Malayalam films.

Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nair was born in Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India on 21 May 1960. Vishwanathan Nair and Santhakumari are his parents. He had a brother, Pyare Lal, who died during military training. After finishing his schooling from Model School in Thiruvananthapuram, he graduated from Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram. Mohan won various awards in school and college for his acting skills. 

He is married to Suchitra.

He has acted in more than 300 movies which includes Malayalam, Tamil, and few Hindi movies.

Mohanlal started his film career in 1978 with Thiranottam but unfortunately the film could not be released as the censor board had some problems with it. Manjil Virinja Pookkal was his second movie where he played a negative role. His acting prowess was noticed in this movie. In a short span of five years, between 1980 and 1985, the actor finished more than 50 movies. I. V. Sasi's Uyarangalil was his biggest hit during this time. In Priyadarshan's debut Poochakkoru Mookkuthi he played a comic role for the first time.

The period between 1986 to 1995 was lucky for him. He received the Kerala State Award for Best Actor for T.P.Balagopalan M.A. In Rajavinte Makan he was seen as an underworld don. He took up a variety of roles like a journalist in Panchagni, a house-owner in Sanmanassu Ullavarku Samadhanam, an asylum inmate in Thalavattom, a farm owner in Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, as a Gorkha in Gandhi Nagar 2nd street, and a Gulf returnee in Varavelpu.

Mohanlal played a typical romantic hero for Priyadarshan's Chithram and Kilukkam. He was appreciated for his performance in these roles. Some of his movies like Thoovanathumbikal, Thazhvaram, Padmarajan, and Bharathan are well noted. In Amrithamgamaya he played the role of a man who kills a boy during ragging in college. Mohanlal's role as a criminal in Kireedam brought him a Special Jury Award. He won the National Award for Best Actor for Bharatham.

Mohanlal acted in Priyadarshan's Kalapani, which was released in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. This is the story about the cellular prisons of Andaman Islands set during India's struggle for freedom. He played a Kathakali dancer in Vaanaprastham which brought him a second National Award for Best Actor and the film was selected for the Cannes Film Festival.

He has worked with all the well known directors of the film industry like I. V. Sasi in Devaasuram, Bhadran in Spadikam, Ram Gopal Varma in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, and Mani Ratnam in Iruvar. 

Mani Ratnam's Iruvar was his first Tamil movie. This movie focusses on the lives of the political figures like M. G. Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi. He also acted in the Tamil movie Unnaipol Oruvan directed by Dr.Kamal Hassan. 

He has acted in two Bollywood movies, Company and Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag. Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag was the remake of Sholay and starred superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Mohanlal played the role of an inspector which was played by Sanjeev Kumar in the original Sholay.

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