Well, we just saw Rajinikanth's Kabali doing amazing business at the box-office. The film has Rajinikanth in the role of a character named Kabaleeswaran, a reformed don and the actor simply sizzled in that particular role.
Coming to Malayalam films, we have had some brilliant movies which had their lead characters as dons. Take a look at the top 5 dons from Malayalam films.
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Vincent Gomez In Rajavinte Makan
The character of Vincent Gomez came as a big turning point in the film career of Mohanlal. The actor gave a splendid performance as Vincent Gomez; the film and the character had set a style, back in those days.
Alexander In Samrajyam
Remember the stylish entry of Alexander in the film Samrajyam? The film was a trendsetter back then and Mammootty had given a splendid performance as Alexander, the daring and super-stylish don.
Sagar Alias Jacky In Irupatham Noottaandu
Nothing much has to be said about this character since the name alone speaks volumes. Sagar Alias Jacky from the film Irupatham Noottaandu, would feature among the best characters played by Mohanlal. Such is the fan following for the character that another film Sagar Alias Jacky was made later in 2009.
Tharadas In Athirathram
Mammootty played the role of Tharadas, a smuggler, in the film Athirathram. By far, Tharadas has been one of the most good-looking and daring dons ever seen in Malayalam films. Check out for the opening scene of Tharadas in which the character says that he is a smuggler, without any fear.
Hari Anna In Abhimanyu
Hari Anna from the film Abhimanyu might not be as celebrated a character like the others in this list. The character was more glued to realism and Mohanlal essayed the role to perfection.
Take a close look at the above list and you would get to know that the characters played by Mammootty and Mohanlal have occupied the top places in the list.
In fact, the role of a powerful and stylish don has always been safe in the hands of superstars of any particular film industry. Such a role definitely falls in to the section of mass hero roles.
But, it also has to be noted that, there has been a shift in this trend and of late, Malayalam films of this genre are comparatively lesser in demand.
Recently, we saw Mammootty starrer Gangster, which had the actor in the role of a don named Akbar Ali, failing to make a mark at the box office.
Since, Malayalam films and film-makers are more inclined to realistic films nowadays, we should wait to see whether such stylish characters would step in to make a mark again in Malayalam films.