Mohanlal, the complete actor of Malayalam movie industry turns 55 today. The actor was born as the second child of Vishwanathan Nair and Santhakumari, at Elanthoor in Pathanamthitta district, on 21st May, 1960. Unlike last year, Mohanlal celebrates this birthday with his family, in Japan this year.
The family shifted to Mudavanmukal, Trivandrum where Mohanlal grew up and spent his childhood. The actor completed his schooling from Model School, Trivandrum. Later, he finished his graduation from Mahatma Gandhi college.
Mohanlal, who shown deep interest in arts and sports from the childhood days, joined the drama club of his school, during his UP classes.
He received his first Best Actor trophy at the age of 12, for his performance in a school drama, named Computer Boy. Interestingly, the actor played a ninety-year-old man in the play.
He made his movie debut with the movie Thiranottam in 1978. The movie, in which he played a mentally retarded boy, remained unreleased for almost 25 years. Mohanlal essayed his first full-fledged role in Fazil's Manjil Virinja Pookkal.
The actor emerged as one of the leading actors of Malayalam movie industry by 1980's. Mohanlal later shed his boy-next-door image by the beginning of 1990's.
Mohanlal has acted in about 330 films, in a career span of 36 years. He has received several awards; including 4 National Award trophies under various categories, 9 Filmfare trophies, 6 Kerala State Film Awards. The Nation has honoured him with Padma Shri, the fourth greatest civilian award of the country.
Here we wish a very happy birthday to the magical actor of Indian Cinema...
Check out the slides for the 10 interesting facts about Mohanlal...
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Enemity With Priyadarshan
Mohanlal and Priyadarshan are highly popular for their deep friendship. But shockingly, the best buddies were strong enemies during their college days, as they were the followers of two different political parties.
Times Magazine's Recognition
Mohanlal is one of the rare actors who managed to grab the recognition of Times Magazine. The magazine once stated that Mohanlal is an actor who bought realism into acting and coined that Mohanlal is the Marlon Brando of Indian Cinema.
State Level Boxing Champion
Mohanlal was a state level boxing champion, in the year 1977-78.
He was recently honoured with the black belt in the Korean martial art Taekwondo.
Most of the fans think that Manjil Virinja Pookkal is the debut movie of Mohanlal. But the actor made his acting debut with Thiranottam, which remained unreleased for almost 25 years.
Similarly, most of the people think that Iruvar is Mohanlal's debut movie. But the actor made his Tamil debut, with the movie Gopura Vaasalile, directed by Priyadarshan. He made a cameo appearance in the movie.
Best Actor Trophy
The actor earned his Best Actor trophy at the age of 12, for the performance in a stage play named Computer Boy. He played a ninety-year-old man in the play, which was directed by actor Manianpilla Raju.
All are well aware of Mohanlal's fondness towards antiques and paintings. The actor also has a great craze for architecture; thus he keeps on experimenting with the interiors of his houses.
Mohanlal's exceptional culinary skills are quite famous among his close friends and family. Mohanlal, who is a great foodie, is a great cook and loves to experiment with various cuisines. Mohanlal owns a restaurant chain as well.
Apartment In Burj Khalifa
Mohanlal has recently bought a plush apartment in world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa. He is one among the few Indians, who own an apartment in the building.
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Amma's Little Boy
Even though he is known as a detached person; Mohanlal is extremely attached to his mother Shantakumari. The actor recently visited Sabarimala temple, to pray for his mother, who has been bed-ridden since last few years.