Ask any malayali,their favourite stars in Malluwood and you could expect either a Mammootty or Mohanlal as an answer.This is the typical response you could expect.No wonder the duo has been in the film industry for long.
Mohanlal,recipeient of the 4th highest civilian honor of the country,"Padma shri",have been awarded State Film awards more than 5 times.Though remembered more for his earlier roles played by him in the eighties,he still remains the all time favourite and has been,in a survey proclaimed as the most popular malayali around.
The ease with which he portarys both comic and emotional roles is highly commendable.At one end he could move us to tear with character played in Kireedom where he plays a young guy aspiring for IPS selection turning into a village goon due to circumstances,and at the other end he could keep us at wits end with his innocent comic situations as in Akkare Akkare Akkare.
The irony of his career trending is that he started his stint with films with "Manjil Virinja Pookkal" where he plays a perverted villian opposite the then superstar and then became the filmgoers favourite to become the superstar eventually.
But lately in the 90's he has been criticized for his movie selections even by his die hard fans.Films which could not impress the box office did few damages to his career but still this 48 year old remains the most widely appraised stars in the Mallu filmdom
Fans around the world have created numerous associations and clubs in his name and are engaged in social activities.
Directors who have associated with him have expressed their surprise at how a person could transform/mould himself into the character in a matter of seconds.
Besides acting ,he has a chain of hotels in Dubai and film production company
He is married to Suchitra and has two children,Pranav and Vismaya
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