Mammootty and Prithviraj, both the actors do share something in common. We are talking about one such skill of these two actors, which probably no other lead actor in Malayalam has.
Both the actors have proved over and again that they are the best in performing real life characters. Well, the roles they have done so far, prove that fact.
Take a look at some of the real life characters portrayed by Mammootty and Prithviraj in films..
Mammootty As Vaikkom Muhammed Basheer In Mathilukal
Mathilukal, directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, was based on a short phase of Basheer's life, which he later made in to a book. Mammootty enacted the role of Basheer and he won laurels for his performance. Moreover, the film fetched him his first the National Award for the Best Actor.
Mammootty As B R Ambedkar
This film didn't have a theatrical release in Kerala, but all those who have seen this film would understand why Jabbar Patel chose Mammootty to portray the role of B R Ambedkar. The dedication, commitment and perfectionism of the actor could be seen throughout the film.
Mammootty As Pazhassi Raja
When M T Vasudevan Nair and Hariharan decided to make a film based on the life of king Pazhassi Raja, Mammootty was the obvious choice in front of them. Their choice was spot on, as the actor gave a splendid performance in the film.
Prithviraj As J C Daniel In Celluloid
Celluloid, the biopic on J C Daniel, the father of Malayalam cinema had Prithviraj in it doing the lead role. He was spot on with his performance. The way he handled the dialect and the body language of the character in various stages, were impeccable.
Prithviraj As Moideen In Ennu Ninte Moideen
Prithviraj did give a scintillating performance as Moideen in the film Ennu Ninte Moideen, based on the real life story of Moideen and Kanchanamala. The huge amount of effort and research that the actor had put in to know more about the character, did pay off.
Biopics are pretty rare in Malayalam cinema. We have had only a very few films, which were based on real life characters or historical characters.
Most of the times, when films based on real life characters come to the fore, we have seen directors opting for actors like Mammootty and Prithviraj.
Both, Mammootty and Prithviraj have proved their ability to transform in to characters with ease. For an instnace, Mammootty went on to win the National Award for the Best Actor, for his portrayal of Dr B R Ambedkar in the biopic.
Similarly, Prithviraj won the Kerala State Film award for the Best Actor for portraying J C Daniel in the film Celluloid, directed by Kamal.
Interestingly, there are two films in the pipeline based on the mythological character Karnan. Unsurprisingly, the makers of the respective films have opted for Mammootty and Prithviraj to play the role of Karnan.