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Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nair (born 21 May 1960) , a name known as Mohanlal or Lal, is an internationally acclaimed Indian film actor and producer, the biggest name in Malayalam cinema. Mohanlal, a Bar National Award winner, won two Best Actor Awards, a Special Jury Award and a Best Film Award (as a producer). In 2001, the Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri for his contribution towards Indian cinema.

Acting style

He is said to have a great ability to understand, which was proved in Vanaprastham, in which he played the role of a Kathakali artist in an amazing and extraordinary manner and was awarded the National Award for Best Actor. He practiced just 6 months.

His performance was praised by world-renowned Kathakali artists such as Ramanakutty Nair and Kalamandalam Gopi. He has performed martial arts (martial arts) such as kalari in the cinema with the utmost perfection. He is also famous for his lip movement in films, including the extremely difficult vocals of classical music.

Early Life (1960–1977)

Mohanlal was born to Vishwanathan Nair, a lawyer and government employee and Santakumari, in Alanthur in Pathanampithya district, Kerala. His family later relocated to Mudavanmugal in Thiruvananthapuram, which was his mother’s home. He first started attending Mudavanmukal LP School and later enrolled in Model School, Thiruvananthapuram.

After schooling, he enrolled in Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram for his Bachelor’s degree. He continued with acting and won several Best Actor Awards. Here he met a group of fellow students, who were excited about theater and feature films.

Her most notable roles were Gopalakrishna Panikar in sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam, Balagopalan in T.P.Balagopalan MA (Namakku Parkantan Tuppukal (Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal), Nadomadiku in Naamkaan Parkan Munthiri Thoppukalaku Jayakrishnan in Thoovanathumbikal, Vishnu in Chitram, Setu Madhavan in Kiridam, Sathyanadan in Sadayam, Gopi in Bharatham (Bharatham), Mangalassery in Dewasasuram (Devaasuram), Vanaprastham in Vanaprastham And Thomas Chakkon (Aadu Thoma) in Spadikam.

Film career

Lal’s first film was’ Thiranottam “(” Thiranottam “) (1978). The film stuck to the censor board’s objection and was never released. Over the next few years, he played an increasing role in many films. He made more than 25 feature films in the year 1983.

Noted screenwriter MT Vasudevan Nair. He then made comedic roles in his directorial friend and college partner Priyadarshan’s debut film Poochakkoru Mookkuthi. Exposed.

Moving towards success as a young talent, Mohanlal began to get roles that gave him ample opportunities to showcase a wide range of emotions and he began a successful association with the best directors and writers of Malayalam cinema.

1986 was one of his best years. Sathyan Anthikad’s T.P.Balagopalan M.A. won him his first Kerala State Award for Best Actor. Mohanlal emerged as the superstar of Malayalam cinema after his role as Don of the crime in Rajavinte Makan. In the same year, he played the insane patient in Thalavattom, a tormented landlord in Sanmanassullavarku Samadhanam, a journalist in M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s film Panchgani (Namchaku Parkkan Munthiri) Namakku Parkan Munthiri I played the role of an unemployed youth forced to become a Gurkha in Gandhi Nagar 2nd street, the owner of a farm he fell in love with.

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With writer-director duo Srinivasan and Satyan Antikad, who specializes in making great satirical social films, Mohanlal created Nadodikkattu, in which he played the role of an unemployed youth and Varavelpu, a man who returned from the Gulf. Played the role of a greedy relationship that reaches into a state hostile to businessmen and hostile to industrialists.

Thuovanathumbikal, in which he played the role of a man trapped in double love, broke the image in Indian films that a lead character (person) could fall in love with another woman soon after a woman’s refusal.

Writer Lohitadas and director CB Malayil composed some of his most memorable roles. He played the role of Sethu Madhavan in the film Kireedam, who dreams of becoming a police officer, but becomes a criminal by the end of the film, in which he received a Special Jury Award. In Bharatham, he played a classical singer who goes through the burden of jealousy and eventually the death of his singer brother, which helped him win the National Award for Best Actor the following year.


Like most other Indian stars, Mohanlal’s acting career does not have a theater background. However, he has acted in a few plays. He first acted as Karna (a character in the Indian epic Mahabharata) in Karnabharam, a Sanskrit drama, which was first screened at the National Theater Festival in New Delhi. He said that this is an offering to his own mother tongue. The presentation was a fusion of theater acting, film expression, sound and lighting, employed by film director TK Rajeev Kumar.


In 2007, he faced criticism from liquor prohibition activists in Kerala for appearing in an advertisement for a liquor brand. Many of his favorite school and college colleagues are with him in the film industry. These include director Priyadarshan, singer MG Sreekumar, actor Raju and producer Suresh Kumar.

Mohanlal feels uncomfortable working in other languages and attributes the lack of control over the complexities of those languages.