Mohanlal is an actor who surprises his director with totally unpredictable performance, says filmmaker B Unnikrishnan. The director opened up about his favourite actor, in a recent interview given to Nana weekly.
B Unnikrishnan says that Mohanlal is totally unaware of what he is doing in front of the camera. Unlike the actors who decide what to perform in front of the camera before the shot, Mohanlal performs without planning anything.
The actor just instantly changes into the character without any preparations. Interestingly, if the director asks for a retake, Mohanlal will not be able to repeat the same act again, but do it in another way.
At the time of retakes, Mohanlal will immediately defend himself, by stating that he has no clue about what he has done in the first take. He usually asks his directors to watch his performance in the second take and compare it with the first shot.
According to B Unnikrishnan, Mohanlal has made his own method of acting and has no influences of the veteran actors like Shivaji Ganesan. But most of the popular actors, including Kamal Haasan, are highly influenced by the acting style of Shivaji.
Instead of adapting the so-called acting styles, Mohanlal has developed his own acting and dialogue rendering styles. B Unnikrishnan feels that Mohanlal is one of the rare breed of actors, who have developed their own style.