Mohanlal - The versatile actor and iconic hero
Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nair was born in Pathanmthitta district of Kerala as the son of Late Vishwanathan Nair and Santhakumari on 21st may 1960. His father was a government employee. Mohanlal completed his high school education in Model school Trivandrum and graduation (B.Com) in Mahatma Gandhi College at Thiruvananthapuram. As a student he was selected as the best actor in his school competition. When he was a college student, in 1978 Mohanlal made his debut in a Malayalam film named Thiranottam, unfortunately the film was not released. During the same year he has started to working with a production company owned by his friends Maniyan Pilla Raju and Priyadarshan. Maniyan Pilla Raju is a popular Malayalam actor and Priyadarshan is the world's famous film director. In 1980s he was acted a lead role in a movie named Manjil Virinja Pookkal, directed by Fazil, it was also the debut film of Fazil and the production of this film was handled by Navodaya Appachan. The Malayalam actor Shankar and Poornima were the hero and heroine of this movie. The film was a big hit in Malayalam film field and Mohanlal become popular through the film as an actor. For the period of 1983 he had got more than 25 films, but most of them were negative roles. Fortunately in 1984 he got a lead role in a Malayalam film Poochakkoru Mookkuthi, the movie was directed by his friend Priyadarshan. It is also the first success movie of Mohanlal and Priyadarshan group. Later they were jointly made lot of success movies in Malayalam film industry. Uyarangalil, Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu, Boeing Boeing and Aram + Aram Kinnaram are his some of successful during this period.
On 28 April 1988 Mohanlal married to Suchithra, she is the daughter of Tamil film producer Late K. Balaji. Mohanlal and Suchithra have two children, one daughter named Vismaya and one boy named Pranav. Pranav has acted in few movies in Malayalam. his first film was Onnaman. Mohanlal is also a perfect father and he is giving more importance for his kid's ambitions. He owns a house at Ooty and a villa in Arabian Ranches and a flat in Burj Khalifa at Dubai. He is a melodious music lover and has reading habit likes to read Osho, Ramana Maharshi and J. Krishnamurti, Aurobindo.
Filmography of Mohanlal
As an actor the period of 1978 to 1979 was not good, but 1980-2000 periods were a golden period for Mohanlal in Malayalam film industry. During this period he got chances to work with great masters like G. Aravindan, Hariharan, M. T. Vasudevan Nair, Padmarajan, Bharathan and Lohithadas. It was his lucky period and can handle various roles. The super star Mohanlal along with actor and script writer Sreenivasan worked in several movies, most them are big hits. In 1986 he had won his first Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor Through the film T. P. Balagopalan M.A, directed by Sathyan Anthikad. The film Rajavinte Makan make him a as a superstar in Malayalam film industry. In Rajavinte Makan he played the role of an underworld don. Then almost all movies which he had worked with were big success, during this period he has worked together with Sreenivasan and Shobana in some movies they were also made big hits in Mollywood. In 1986 a super hit film named Pattanapravesham gave a new image to Mohanlal and Sreenivasan in their acting carrier. In this film Mohanlal played the role of detective Dasan and Sreenivasan played the role of detective Vijayan. Most of the super hit movies of Mohanlal were romantic and comedy entertainer films make him a top popular actor in south India.
More than a romantic hero he can handle most haunting roles, he had proved it through the role of his Sethu Madhavan in the film Kireedam in 1989, and he earned National Film Special Jury Award in this film. In 1990s he had worked with some of commercial movies like His Highness Abdullah, Midhunam and No.20 Madras Mail. In 1991 the most popular film Bharatham, he was played the role of Carnatic singer, earned him the National Award for Best Actor in 1991. Through the film Kamaladalam he had proved his talent in dancing, in this movie he had played the role of a dance teacher. The movie was a big hit at this period. Then he had worked with the super hit films like Devaasuram, Manichitrathazhu, Sphadikam, Kanmadam etc... In which the film Manichitrathazhu was a critical and commercial success, through the movie he was played the role of a physiatrist. He had also debut in Tamil film industry through the film Iruvar, a Mani Rathnam film, in which he had worked as a pair of Aishwarya Rai and the film was big success and got some awards also. In 1998 Mohanlal acted in a Priyadarsan film named Kalapani a world hit movie. More than romantic and action movies he had also acted in some classical type movies like Kamaladalam, Vanaprastham etc. In 1998 Mohanlal and Mammooty worked together in a film named Harikrishnans. Mohanlal is one of the lead actors in south India, and he is capable to act in any type of roles.
He had played the role of an Army officer in Kurukshethra, awhicle shooting for this movie he was expressed interest to join Territorial Army of India as an officer. On July 9, 2008, he was formally inducted to the Territorial Army in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by Army Chief Deepak Kapoor. He had worked in a Bollywood film named In Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag; it is the remake of Bollywood film Sholay, in which Mohanlal worked with Amitabh Bachchan in a lead role. It was his second Bollywood film. For the year 2000 to present he has been busy with handful of works in Malayalam film industry. On of the specialty of this superstar actor is that he can handle any type of roles with out difficulty and he considering each role as a challenge. While shooting he is acting any dangerous situation with out dupe is one of the plus point of super star actor Mohanlal. Form 1978 to present Mohanlal has acted in more than 300 Malayalam films and also he has appeared as the producer and co-producer in more than 35 films. Mohanlal has acting experience in many languages like Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada films. More than a film actor he is also a stage performer and a singer. He has sung more than 25 songs and he has played 4 professional plays. He has also proved his talent in stage performance through the role of a Karna in a Sanskrit play named Karnabharam. The program was on New Delhi as a part of National Theater Festival. His next theater play was Kadhayattam, and the play was staged at Kottayam for the year 2003. Mohanlal is also a model for some television advertisements of Malabar Gold, MCR and Manapuram Gold.
Contributions in business ventures
More than an actor he is also a business man. He has established various business projects including film production. He is the owner of a film distribution company named Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments and also started a college for dubbing artist named Kinfra Film and video Park at Trivandrum. He is the owner of many restaurants called Mohanlal tastebuds in Dubai, The Harbour Market in Bangalore, and Travancore Court in Kochi. The company of products like Mohanlal's Tastebuds pickle and curry powders most familiar in Kerala, Mohanlal is one of the partners of this company. His other business endeavor includes Uni Royal Marine Exports at Kozhikode and Jose Thomas Performing Arts Centre in Kochi, in which Uni Royal Marine Exports is a sea food exporting company and also he is the director of Clenergen India Private Limited.
The Awards and Honors
As an extraordinary talented person Mohanlal is considered as the finest actors in Indian Cinema. For his performance and contributions in Indian cinema he has earned lot of awards and honors. He was selected as the most popular actor in a CNN-IBN online survey. For his contributions to Indian cinema, Indian government respected him with the Padma Shri. From from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kerala he has received an honorary doctorate in 2010. In the year 2009 he has selected for the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Territorial Army of India. He is the first actor to be won honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel. These are the most important credits of Mohanlal. In addition to these credits he is the winner of India National Film Award for 4 time and two Best Actor Awards. For his versatile performance in Malayalam films he has won Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor for nine times. He is also the winner of several other awards like Filmfare Awards, Star Screen Awards, Screen-Videocon Awards South, Film Express Award, Asiavision Movie Awards, IIFA Awards, Mathrubhumi Film Awards, Kerala Film Audience Council Awards, and Vanitha Film Awards. The Mohanlal's classical film Vanaprastham was screened in various film festivals and organizations.
1. Cassannova - Releasing date(January 26, 2012)
2. Vetri Nadai- a Tamil film- Starring Mohanlal, Bhavana, Manoj K Jayan
3. Tezz – a Hindi film- Starring Ajay Devgan, Anil Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Mohanlal
4. Randamoozham - a Malayalam movie- starring Mohanlal, Mammootty, Kamal Hassan
3. Mad Dad- Malayalam movie – starring Mohanlal, Lal, Archana Kavi
4. Kalchilambu - a Malayalam film- starring Vineeth, Samvritha Sunil, Jagathy Sreekumar
5. Grand Master – a Malayalam film- starring Mohanlal, Priyamani, Siddique
6. Dasanum Vijayanum - a Malayalam film- Starring Mohanlal, Sreenivasan
7. Breaking News - a Malayalam film- starring Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Biju Menon