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Mohanlal, the magical actor of Mollywood is completing the 35th year of his fruitful acting career. He can be doubtlessly coined as one of the finest actors of Indian and World cinema. Mohanlal has been elected as the third greatest actor of all times in Indian cinema, in the survey conducted by CNN-IBN during the 100th year celebrations of Indian cinema.
Mohanlal made his acting debut with Thiranottam, directed by his friend Ashok Kumar. He played Kuttappan, a mentally disabled servant boy in the movie. The movie remained unreleased for so many years; thus Mohanlal appeared on silverscreen for the first time in Manjil Virinja Pookal as the antagonist. The movie marked the acting debuts of Shankar and Poornima Jayaram. It was also the directorial debut of veteran director Fazil.
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Mohanlal slowly changed his track into protagonist roles after a series of antagonist and supporting roles. His first full-fledged lead role was in Poochakkoru Mookkuthi, directed by his best pal Priyadarshan. Mohanlal-Priyadarshan duo became an instant hit and is widely considered as one of the best combos in Mollywood.
Mohanlal has acted in more than 325 movies in a career span of 35 years. He has won 2 National Awards, 8 Filmfare Awards and 6 Kerala State Film Awards in the category Best Actor. He was awarded with the fourth highest civilian award of the country, Padmashri in 2001 and an honorary doctorate by Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit. He became the first actor to be awarded with the Lieutenant Colonel rank in the Territorial Army of India.
Here is a list of the most iconic movies of Mohanlal....
Vanaprastham is considered as the best work of Mohanlal till date. He played Kathakali artist Kunjikuttan in the movie, which was produced by himself and directed by Shaji N Karun. Mohanlal won his second National Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie. The movie also won the Golden Lotus Award for Best Feature Film in National Film Awards.
Kireedam is another iconic movie by Mohanlal. He playes Sethumadhavan, a youngster who aspires to become a police officer and ends up as a criminal, in the movie directed by Sibi Malayil and penned by A K Lohithadas. Mohanlal won the Special Jury Award in National Film Awards for his performance in the movie.
Mohanlal won his first National Award trophy for Best Actor for his performance in Bharatham. He played Gopinathan, who hides his elder brother's death from the family members, in the movie directed by Sibi Malayil and penned by A K Lohithadas.
It is considered as one of the best love stories of Mollywood. Mohanlal played Jayakrishnan, a bachelor from an aristocratic family, who falls in love with a prostitute named Clara, played by Sumalatha, in the movie directed by veteran director Padmarajan.
Mohanlal delivered a mesmerising performance in the movie, which dealt with the subject of surrogacy. He played Rajeev Menon, a rich orphan young man, who desires to become a father without marrying or adopting, in the movie written by A K Lohithadas and directed by Sibi Malayil. The climax scene of the movie is considered as one of the best climax scenes of Mollywood.
Mangalassery Neelakandan of Devasuram is considered as one of the most legendary characters of Mohanlal. The actor shed his comic image with the movie and went through a complete image makeover. He emerged as a mass hero with the movie penned by Ranjith and directed by I V Sasi.
The movie, which dealt with the problems faced by an NRI who returns to India and starts a business, is written by Sreenivasan and directed by Sathyan Anthikad. Mohanlal's performance as Murali, who gets confused with the changed social sattire of Kerala, earned rave reviews and the movie is considered as one of his best movies.
Mohanlal enacted the legendary Tamil actor-politician M G Ramachandran, in this Tamil language movie directed by Mani Ratnam. The actor delivered a magical performance as Anandan, a junior artist, who turns into a successful hero and later into a politician; and his love-hate relationship with writer-politician Tamizhselvan, played by Prakashraj.
It is an all time blockbuster of Mollywood. Mohanlal played a bubbly yet efficient psychiatrist in the movie, directed by Fazil. Manichithrathazhu later got remade into all South Indian languages as well as Bollywood; but none of the lead actors could re-create the magic done by Mohanlal onscreen.
Mohanlal played a middle class man Rameshan Nair, who gets affected by the alzheimer's disease, in the movie, directed by Blessy. It is considered as one of the best works of Mohanlal till date.