From his eccentric choices of roles to his long and enviable track record of delivering superhits, Mohanlal has become one of the most widely celebrated actors in India. Along with this success, his vibrant and uncompromising personality has also forged him into an unstoppable force.
Mohanlal was born on 21st May 1960 in Kerala to Vishwanathan Nair and Santhakumari Nair.
He began his acting journey way back in college but finally did his first film 'Thiranottam’ in 1978.
It is a lesser known fact but this debut film was actually a production by his own friends. Sadly, It did not see the light of day back then due to censorship issues but finally got released 25 years later.
In 1980, Mohanlal got his first big break by starring as the lead antagonist in Fazil’s ‘Manjil Virinja Pookkal’.
In an interview with Reader’s Digest in 2004, Mohanlal credited his looks as a young man for helping him score the villain’s role.
Between 1982-1988, Mohanlal maintained a streak of releasing a film every 15 days and by the end of the decade had managed to release around 170 films.
‘T.P.Balagopalan M.A’ and ‘Rajavinte Makan’ which are considered two of his best works from this decade, took him to the heights of ultimate stardom and bagged him a lot of prestigious awards.
Mohanlal’s tremendous popularity in Malayalam cinema reached its peak in the 1980s when he began experimenting with Art house and non-Malayalam films like ‘Iruvar’ and ‘Vanaprastham’.
He won a national award for his role in the Indo-French film ‘Vanaprastham’ in 1999.
Mohanlal’s incomparable acting skill in the audience-favourite ‘Keerthichakra’ as Major Mahadevan was so impactful that it inspired several youngsters to join the Indian Army.
The Indian Army acknowledged his efforts by giving him the position of an honorary lieutenant colonel.
One of the biggest achievements of Mohanlal’s career happened with the film ‘Drishyam’ which became the first Malayalam film to ever cross the 50 crore mark and get adapted in several Indian languages.
In 2016, Mohanlal’s ‘Pulimurugan’ took an even bigger leap and became the first Malayalam film to ever enter the 100 crore club.
The hard-hitting dialogues and thrilling storyline of his 2019 release ‘Lucifer’, also broke several records and was received very well by the audiences.