Mammootty and Mohanlal, the prides of Mollywood, have been chosen among the 25 Greatest Actors Of Indian Cinema by the Forbes' magazine. They have titled them as a pick of the most memorable acting performances in 100 years of Indian Cinema.
It is indeed a great honour for the Malayalam industry as such to have their two stars been listed among the top 25 greatest actors in India. Mammootty has been listed for his movie Mathilukal, which has got released in 1989 and Mohnalal has been listed for his movie Bharatham, released in 1991.
According to the Forbes' Magazine, there were 11 other films with Mammootty in the lead in 1989. There were 36 films for the year. In Mathilukal, Mammootty essayed the role of a prisoner, who is in love with a fellow woman prisoner, who is on the other side of a wall. Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the film was based on a 1965 autobiographical novel by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer.
Mohanlal played a talented singer in the movie Bharatham, who adored his increasingly alcoholic elder brother. His brother was his guru too. As Mohanlal becomes more famous, the elder brother grows jealous of him and later becomes respectful of his talent. However, he dies on a pilgrimage, leaving Mohanlal to take care of the family, especially their younger sister who was about to get married. Mohanlal excelled in his role in Bharatham.
Both the actors won the National Award for Best Actor for their performances in the respective movies for the year. Now, Frobes' have selected them under the 25 greatest actors in this 100 years of Indian Cinema celebrations. A proud moment indeed!