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Mohanlal

Mohanlal is an Indian actor, director, producer, and playback singer who has starred in both blockbuster and art films. During his career, he has appeared in more than 345 feature films, mainly in Malayalam movies, and also in Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada films. In 1978, when he was 18, he started acting with a minor comedic role in the unreleased film Thiranottam, before making screen debut in 1980 as antagonist in the romance film Manjil Virinja Pookkal. His portrayal of Narendran, a sadistic husband, received recognition and the film developed a cult status in Malayalam cinema. Subsequently, Mohanlal was cast as the antagonist in many films. His first positive role was in Padayottam (1982), the first 70 mm film in Malayalam. It was 1983’s Aattakalasam that gave him stardom. In 1984 he starred in Poochakkoru Mookkuthi, a comedy film whose success triggered a trend and popularised the genre in the 1980s. In an early critically acclaimed performance, Mohanlal played an antihero in the I. V. Sasi-directed thriller Uyarangalil (1984). In the same year, he co-founded Casino Films, a motion picture production company which later produced his popular comedies Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986) and Nadodikkattu (1987).

As a playback singer, Mohanlal contributed his first song “Sindhoora Megham” to Onnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil (1985). In 1986, he established a career record by starring in 34 films in one year. Also in 1986, he became the youngest winner for Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor at age 26 for the comedy drama T. P. Balagopalan M.A., a record he held until 2006. The same year he co-founded Cheers Films, a second production company. Mohanlal’s stardom catapulted with the success of the crime drama Rajavinte Makan (1986). In Irupatham Noottandu (1987), he portrayed mobster Sagar Alias Jacky — which became a cult figure in crime dramas ever since its release. His tragicomedy Chithram (1988) ran continuously for 58 weeks in one theatre, a record still unbroken in Malayalam cinema. In 1989, his performance in Kireedam earned him a Special Jury Mention at the 37th National Film Awards.

In 1990, Mohanlal founded his own film production company, Pranavam Arts. Its debut, musical thriller His Highness Abdullah, garnered critical acclaim and became the year’s highest-grossing film. His second production, Bharatham (1991), earned him the National Film Award for Best Actor and Forbes India included it on its list of “25 Greatest Acting Performances in Indian Cinema”. His spiritual fantasy, Guru (1997), was the first Malayalam film submitted by India for the American Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1997, he received critical praise for his first leading role in a non-Malayalam film—the Mani Ratnam-directed Tamil film Iruvar. Vanaprastham, which was screened at the Un Certain Regard section in the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, earned him the National Film Awards for Best Actor and Best Film (Producer).

In 2000, Mohanlal’s action drama, Narasimham, became the highest-grossing Malayalam film at the time. His character Induchoodan has since attracted a cult following.  In 2001, he portrayed Karna in his theatrical debut, Karnabharam, directed by Kavalam Narayana Panicker. In 2003, he earned an International Indian Film Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Bollywood film Company. In 2005, he starred in the Bejoy Nambiar-directed short silent film Reflections. His critically acclaimed portrayal of an Alzhiemers patient in Thanmathra (2005) earned him an honorary award from the Indian Medical Association. The Indian Territorial Army bestowed him with the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel for his performance as Major Mahadevan in the war film Keerthi Chakra (2006) and its sequel Kurukshetra (2008). In 2008, he starred in Twenty:20, a landmark film which starred almost all actors in the guild of Malayalam film actors – AMMA. Drishyam (2013), in which he portrayed an ordinary man, became the highest-grossing Malayalam film of all time. In 2016, he acted in the title role in the action film Pulimurugan; it became the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever and is the first Malayalam film to gross over ₹150 crore at the box office. In 2019, he acted in Prithviraj Sukumaran’s directorial Lucifer, which became the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever, collecting more than 200 crore worldwide. His directorial debut, the 3D film Barroz: Guardian of D’Gama’s Treasure is in pre-production.

Films in Malayalam
Year Title Director
1980 Manjil Virinja Pookkal Fazil
1981 Sanchari Boban Kunchacko
1981 Thakilu Kottampuram Balu Kiriyath
1981 Dhanya Fazil
1981 Dhruvasangamam J. Sasikumar
1981 Attimari J. Sasikumar
1981 Oothikachiya Ponnu P. K. Joseph
1981 Thenum Vayambum Ashok Kumar
1981 Ahimsa I. V. Sasi
1982 Madrasile Mon J. Sasikumar
1982 Football Radhakrishnan
1982 Kelkkaatha Sabdham Balachandra Menon
1982 Padayottam Jijo
1982 Enikkum Oru Divasam Sreekumaran Thampi
1982 Aakrosham A. B. Raj
1982 Enthino Pookunna Pookkal Gopinath Babu
1982 Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam I. V. Sasi
1982 Ente Mohangal Poovaninju Bhadran
1982 Njan Onnu Parayatte K. A. Venugopal
1982 Aa Divasam M. Mani
1982 Kaliyamardanam J. Williams
1982 Sree Ayyappanum Vavarum N. P. Suresh
1982 Kurukkante Kalyanam Sathyan Anthikad
1983 Visa Balu Kiriyath
1983 Hello Madras Girl J. Williams
1983 Ente Katha P. K. Joseph
1983 Bhookambam Joshiy
1983 Guru Dakshina Baby
1983 Naseema A. Sheriff
1983 Kolakkomban J. Sasikumar
1983 Kuyiline Thedi M. Mani
1983 Himavahini P. G. Vishwambaran
1983 Arabikkadal J. Sasikumar
1983 Sesham Kazhchayil Balachandra Menon
1983 Marakkillorikkalum Fazil
1983 Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu P. G. Vishwambaran
1983 Thaavalam Thambi Kannanthanam
1983 Aadhipathyam Sreekumaran Thampi
1983 Chakravalam Chuvannappol J. Sasikumar
1983 Engane Nee Marakkum M. Mani
1983 Iniyengilum I. V. Sasi
1983 Attakkalasam J. Sasikumar
1983 Kattathe Kilikkoodu Bharathan
1983 Asthram P. N. Menon
1983 Changatham Bhadran
1983 Oru Mukham Pala Mukham P. K. Joseph
1983 Nanayam I. V. Sasi
1983 Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku Fazil
1983 Pinnilavu P. G. Vishwambaran
1984 Akkare K. N. Sasidharan
1984 Onnanu Nammal P. G. Vishwambaran
1984 Swanthamevide Bandhamevide J. Sasikumar
1984 Vanitha Police Alleppey Ashraf
1984 Appunni Sathyan Anthikad
1984 Athirathram I. V. Sasi
1984 Unaru Mani Ratnam
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Sathyan Anthikad
1984 Poochakkoru Mookkuthi Priyadarshan
1984 Pavam Poornima Balu Kiriyath
1984 Lakshmana Rekha I. V. Sasi
1984 Aalkkoottathil Thaniye I. V. Sasi
1984 Vetta Mohanroop
1984 Ivide Thudangunnu J. Sasikumar
1984 Kurishuyudham Baby
1984 Manasariyathe Soman Ambaat
1984 Thirakal K. Vijayan
1984 Kilikkonchal V. Ashok Kumar
1984 Itha Innu Muthal T. S. Suresh Babu
1984 Sreekrishna Parunthu A. Vincent
1984 Aduthaduthu Sathyan Anthikad
1984 Ariyaatha Veethikal K. S. Sethumadhavan
1984 Uyarangalil I. V. Sasi
1984 Adiyozhukkukal I. V. Sasi
1984 Oru Kochu Swapnam Vipindas
1985 Avidathepole Ivideyum K. S. Sethumadhavan
1985 Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu Fazil
1985 Ormikkaan Omanikkaan A. B. Raj
1985 Aram + Aram = Kinnaram Priyadarshan
1985 Nayakan Balu Kiriyath
1985 Njan Piranna Nattil P. Chandrakumar
1985 Onnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil Priyadarshan
1985 Anubandham I. V. Sasi
1985 Mulamoottil Adima P. K. Joseph
1985 Vasantha Sena K. Vijayan
1985 Guruji Oru Vakku Rajan Shankaradi
1985 Parayanumvayya Parayathirikkanumvayya Priyadarshan
1985 Angadikkappurathu I. V. Sasi
1985 Koodum Thedi Paul Babu
1985 Jeevante Jeevan J. Williams
1985 Adhyayam Onnu Muthal Sathyan Anthikad
1985 Azhiyatha Bandhangal J. Sasikumar
1985 Boeing Boeing Priyadarshan
1985 Karimpinpoovinakkare I. V. Sasi
1985 Uyarum Njan Nadake P. Chandrakumar
1985 Idanilangal I. V. Sasi
1985 Pathamudayam J. Sasikumar
1985 Rangam I. V. Sasi
1985 Ezhu Muthal Onpathu Vare J. Sasikumar
1985 Kandu Kandarinju Sajan
1986 Ninnishtam Ennishtam Alleppey Ashraf
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Sathyan Anthikad
1986 Oppam Oppathinoppam Soman Ambaat
1986 Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu Priyadarshan
1986 Panchagni Hariharan
1986 Kariyilakkattupole Padmarajan
1986 Abhayam Thedi I. V. Sasi
1986 Vartha I. V. Sasi
1986 Geetham Sajan
1986 Hello My Dear Wrong Number Priyadarshan
1986 Neram Pularumbol K. P. Kumaran
1986 Iniyum Kurukshetrum J. Sasikumar
1986 Kaveri Rajeevnath
1986 Mizhineerppoovukal Kamal
1986 Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kathu Bhadran
1986 Nimishangal P. K. Abraham
1986 Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam Sibi Malayil
1986 Yuvajanotsavam Sreekumaran Thampi
1986 Shobaraj J. Sasikumar
1986 Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare Raghunath Paleri
1986 Ente Entethu Mathram J. Sasikumar
1986 Padayani T. S. Mohan
1986 Manasilloru Manimuthu J. Sasikumar
1986 Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam Sathyan Anthikad
1986 Adiverukal P. Anil
1986 Deshadanakkili Karayarilla Padmarajan
1986 Revathikkoru Pavakkutty Sathyan Anthikad
1986 Kunjattakkilikal J. Sasikumar
1986 T. P. Balagopalan M.A. Sathyan Anthikad
1986 Gandhinagar 2nd Street Sathyan Anthikad
1986 Rajavinte Makan Thambi Kannanthanam
1986 Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal Padmarajan
1986 Sukhamo Devi Venu Nagavalli
1986 Thalavattam Priyadarshan
1987 January Oru Orma Joshiy
1987 Amrutham Gamaya Hariharan
1987 Adimakal Udamakal I. V. Sasi
1987 Sarvakalashala Venu Nagavalli
1987 Irupatham Noottandu K. Madhu
1987 Bhoomiyile Rajakkanmar Thambi Kannanthanam
1987 Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam Kamal
1987 Thoovanathumbikal Padmarajan
1987 Kaiyethum Doorathu K. Ramachandran
1987 Vazhiyorakkazhcakal Thambi Kannanthanam
1987 Cheppu Priyadarshan
1987 Nadodikkattu Sathyan Anthikad
1987 Ivide Ellavarkum Sugham Jeassy
1988 Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu Priyadarshan
1988 Ayitham Venu Nagavalli
1988 Manu Uncle Dennis Joseph
1988 Orkkappurathu Kamal
1988 Paadha Mudra R. Sukumaran
1988 Pattanapravesham Sathyan Anthikad
1988 Anuragi I. V. Sasi
1988 Aryan Priyadarshan
1988 Moonnam Mura K. Madhu
1988 Vellanakalude Nadu Priyadarshan
1988 Ulsavapittennu Bharath Gopi
1988 Chithram Priyadarshan
1989 Lal Americayil Sathyan Anthikad
1989 Douthyam P. Anil
1989 Season Padmarajan
1989 Varavelpu Sathyan Anthikad
1989 Naduvazhikal Joshiy
1989 Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal Kamal
1989 Kireedam Sibi Malayil
1989 Vandanam Priyadarshan
1989 Adhipan K. Madhu
1989 Dasharatham Sibi Malayil
1990 Aye Auto Venu Nagavalli
1990 Akkare Akkare Akkare Priyadarshan
1990 No.20 Madras Mail Joshiy
1990 His Highness Abdullah Sibi Malayil
1990 Mukham Mohan
1990 Kadathanadan Ambadi Priyadarshan
1990 Thazhvaram Bharathan
1990 Arhatha I. V. Sasi
1990 Indrajaalam Thambi Kannanthanam
1990 Appu Dennis Joseph
1990 Lal Salam Venu Nagavalli
1991 Dhanam Sibi Malayil
1991 Bharatham Sibi Malayil
1991 Vasthuhara G. Aravindan
1991 Vishnulokam Kamal
1991 Uncle Bun Bhadran
1991 Kilukkam Priyadarshan
1991 Ulladakkam Kamal
1991 Kizhakkunarum Pakshi Venu Nagavalli
1991 Abhimanyu Priyadarshan
1992 Sadayam Sibi Malayil
1992 Kamaladalam Sibi Malayil
1992 Aham Rajeevnath
1992 Rajashilpi R. Sukumaran
1992 Yoddha Sangeeth Sivan
1992 Adhwaytham Priyadarshan
1992 Soorya Gayathri P. Anil
1992 Naadody Thambi Kannanthanam
1992 Vietnam Colony Siddique-Lal
1993 Mithunam Priyadarshan
1993 Devaasuram I. V. Sasi
1993 Butterflies Rajiv Anchal
1993 Maya Mayooram Sibi Malayil
1993 Gandharvam Sangeeth Sivan
1993 Chenkol Sibi Malayil
1993 Kalippattam Venu Nagavally
1993 Manichithrathazhu Fazil
1994 Pavithram T. K. Rajeev Kumar
1994 Thenmavin Kombath Priyadarshan
1994 Pingami Sathyan Anthikad
1994 Pakshe Mohan
1994 Minnaram Priyadarshan
1995 Nirnayam Sangeeth Sivan
1995 Sphadikam Bhadran
1995 Thacholi Varghese Chekavar T. K. Rajeev Kumar
1995 Manthrikam Thambi Kannanthanam
1995 Agnidevan Venu Nagavalli
1996 Kaalapani Priyadarshan
1996 The Prince Suresh Krishna
1997 Varnapakittu I. V. Sasi
1997 Oru Yathramozhi Prathap Pothan
1997 Chandralekha Priyadarshan
1997 Guru Rajiv Anchal
1997 Aaraam Thampuran Shaji Kailas
1998 Kanmadam Lohithadas
1998 Harikrishnans Fazil
1998 Rakthasakshikal Sindabad Venu Nagavalli
1998 Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu Kamal
1998 Summer in Bethlahem Sibi Malayil
1999 Ustaad Sibi Malayil
1999 Olympiyan Anthony Adam Bhadran
1999 Vanaprastham Shaji N. Karun
2000 Narasimham Shaji Kailas
2000 Life is Beautiful Fazil
2000 Sraddha I. V. Sasi
2000 Devadoothan Sibi Malayil
2001 Kakkakuyil Priyadarshan
2001 Ravanaprabhu Ranjith
2001 Praja Joshiy
2001 Unnathangalil Jomon
2001 Achaneyanenikkishtam Suresh Krishna
2002 Onnaman Thambi Kannanthanam
2002 Thandavam Shaji Kailas
2002 Chathurangam K. Madhu
2003 Mr. Brahmachari Thulasidas
2003 Kilichundan Mampazham Priyadarshan
2003 Balettan V. M. Vinu
2003 Hariharan Pillai Happy Aanu Viswanathan
2003 Thiranottam Ashokkumar
2004 Vamanapuram Bus Route Sonu Shishupal
2004 Vismayathumbathu Fazil
2004 Wanted Murali Nagavally
2004 Natturajavu Shaji Kailas
2004 Mampazhakkalam Joshiy
2005 Udayananu Tharam Rosshan Andrrews
2005 Chandrolsavam Ranjith
2005 Udayon Bhadran
2005 Naran Joshiy
2005 Thanmathra Blessy
2006 Kilukkam Kilukilukkam Sandhya Mohan
2006 Rasathanthram Sathyan Anthikad
2006 Vadakkumnathan Shajoon Kariyal
2006 Keerthi Chakra Major Ravi
2006 Mahasamudram Dr. S. Janardhanan
2006 Photographer Ranjan Pramod
2006 Baba Kalyani Shaji Kailas
2007 Chotta Mumbai Anwar Rasheed
2007 Hallo Rafi Mecartin
2007 Alibhai Shaji Kailas
2007 Paradesi P. T. Kunju Muhammed
2007 Rock N’ Roll Ranjith
2007 Flash Sibi Malayil
2008 College Kumaran Thulasidas
2008 Innathe Chintha Vishayam Sathyan Anthikad
2008 Mizhikal Sakshi Ashok R. Nath
2008 Madampi B. Unnikrishnan
2008 Aakasha Gopuram K. P. Kumaran
2008 Kurukshetra Major Ravi
2008 Twenty:20 Joshiy
2008 Pakal Nakshatrangal Rajeevnath
2009 Red Chillies Shaji Kailas
2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded Amal Neerad
2009 Bhagavan Prasanth Mampully
2009 Bhramaram Blessy
2009 Angel John S. L. Puram Jayasurya
2009 Evidam Swargamanu Rosshan Andrrews
2010 Janakan N. R. Sanjeev
2010 Alexander the Great Murali Nagavally
2010 Oru Naal Varum T. K. Rajeev Kumar
2010 Shikkar M. Padmakumar
2010 Kandahar Major Ravi
2011 Christian Brothers Joshiy
2011 China Town Rafi Mecartin
2011 Pranayam Blessy
2011 Snehaveedu Sathyan Anthikad
2011 Oru Marubhoomikkadha Priyadarshan
2012 Casanovva Rosshan Andrrews
2012 Grandmaster B. Unnikrishnan
2012 Spirit Ranjith
2012 Run Baby Run Joshiy
2012 Karmayodha Major Ravi
2013 Lokpal Joshiy
2013 Red Wine Salam Bappu
2013 Ladies and Gentleman Siddique
2013 Kadal Kadannu Oru Maathukutty Ranjith
2013 Geethaanjali Priyadarshan
2013 Drishyam Jeethu Joseph
2014 Mr. Fraud B. Unnikrishnan
2014 Koothara Srinath Rajendran
2014 Peruchazhi Arun Vaidyanathan
2015 Rasam Rajeevnath
2015 Ennum Eppozhum Sathyan Anthikad
2015 Lailaa O Lailaa Joshiy
2015 Loham Ranjith
2015 Kanal M. Padmakumar
2015 My Hero Mythri B. M. Giriraj
2016 Vismayam Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
2016 Oppam Priyadarshan
2016 Pulimurugan Vysakh
2017 Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Jibu Jacob
2017 1971: Beyond Borders Major Ravi
2017 Velipadinte Pusthakam Lal Jose
2017 Villain B. Unnikrishnan
2018 Aadhi Jeethu Joseph
2018 Neerali Ajoy Varma
2018 Kayamkulam Kochunni Rosshan Andrrews
2018 Drama Ranjith
2018 Odiyan V. A. Shrikumar Menon
2019 Lucifer Prithviraj Sukumaran
2019 Ittymaani: Made in China Jibi-Joju
2020 Big Brother Siddique
2020 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Priyadarshan
2020 Ram Jeethu Joseph
Films in other languages
Year Title Director Language
1991 Gopura Vasalile Priyadarshan Tamil
1994 Gandeevam Priyadarshan Telugu
1997 Iruvar Mani Ratnam Tamil
2002 Company Ram Gopal Varma Hindi
2003 Pop Corn Nassar Tamil
2004 Love Rajendra Singh Babu Kannada
2007 Aag Ram Gopal Varma Hindi
2009 Unnaipol Oruvan Chakri Toleti Tamil
2012 Tezz Priyadarshan Hindi
2014 Jilla R. T. Neason Tamil
2015 Mythri B. M. Giriraj Kannada
2016 Manamantha Chandra Sekhar Yeleti Telugu
2016 Janatha Garage Koratala Siva Telugu
2019 Kaappaan K. V. Anand Tamil

 

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