Happy 53rd birthday Mohanlal! Why he is still the biggest star of Malayalam cinema

Movies | | May 21, 2013, 11:05 am
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Mohanlal turned producer with 'His Highness Abdullah' (1990). The film featured him in the lead role. He played the character of 'Abdullah' who is hired to murder the head of a royal family. The film won several awards.

Mohanlal turned producer with 'His Highness Abdullah' (1990). The film featured him in the lead role. He played the character of 'Abdullah' who is hired to murder the head of a royal family. The film won several awards.

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Mohanlal is currently the captain of Kerala Strikers team of Celebrity Cricket League.

Mohanlal is currently the captain of Kerala Strikers team of Celebrity Cricket League.

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He was elected as the most popular Keralite by a poll conducted on the 50th anniversary of Kerala's formation by CNN-IBN in 2006.

He was elected as the most popular Keralite by a poll conducted on the 50th anniversary of Kerala's formation by CNN-IBN in 2006.

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Mohanlal has worked with eminent directors like G Aravidan, Hariharan, MT Vasudevan Nair in his career. The actor was awarded his first Kerala award for the film 'TP Balagopalan M.A' in 1986. The film was directed by Sathyan Anthikkad.

Mohanlal has worked with eminent directors like G Aravidan, Hariharan, MT Vasudevan Nair in his career. The actor was awarded his first Kerala award for the film 'TP Balagopalan M.A' in 1986. The film was directed by Sathyan Anthikkad.

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The actor has surprised his fans several times with his versatile acting and different looks. Mohanlal played a sikh in the film 'Lokpal' directed by Joshiy. The film became a superhit in the year 2013.

The actor has surprised his fans several times with his versatile acting and different looks. Mohanlal played a sikh in the film 'Lokpal' directed by Joshiy. The film became a superhit in the year 2013.

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Padamashri Mohanlal is considered to be the face of Malayalam cinema today. The actor made his debut at the age of 20 in 1980 and rose to fame with several noted performances. As the actor gets a year older we look at his film journey.

Padamashri Mohanlal is considered to be the face of Malayalam cinema today. The actor made his debut at the age of 20 in 1980 and rose to fame with several noted performances. As the actor gets a year older we look at his film journey.

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Mohanlal's played the lead in Fazil's 'Manjil Virinja Pookal' which was released in 1980.

Mohanlal's played the lead in Fazil's 'Manjil Virinja Pookal' which was released in 1980.

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Mohanlal is touted as the most successful superstar of south cinema as he has given several box office hits such as 'Nadodikkattu','Varavelpu', 'Casanova', 'Run Baby Run' in his career.

Mohanlal is touted as the most successful superstar of south cinema as he has given several box office hits such as 'Nadodikkattu','Varavelpu', 'Casanova', 'Run Baby Run' in his career.

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Mohanalal is considered to be the greatest actor of Malayalam cinema after Sathyan and he continues to rule the Southern cinema industry. The actor has been lauded for his performances. He was seen in films 'Ladies and Gentleman', 'Red Wine' and 'Jilla'in 2013

Mohanalal is considered to be the greatest actor of Malayalam cinema after Sathyan and he continues to rule the Southern cinema industry. The actor has been lauded for his performances. He was seen in films 'Ladies and Gentleman', 'Red Wine' and 'Jilla'in 2013

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Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nair a.k.a Mohanlal is one of the finest actors of Malayalam cinema. He made his debut in films with 'Thiranottnam' (1978) however the film did not release.

Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nair a.k.a Mohanlal is one of the finest actors of Malayalam cinema. He made his debut in films with 'Thiranottnam' (1978) however the film did not release.

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The actor has received many awards like the Filmfare, Padmashri, National Jury award, Kerela State Film award and many more. The actor was honoured with Doctorate from the Sree Shankar Acharaya University of Sanskrit.

The actor has received many awards like the Filmfare, Padmashri, National Jury award, Kerela State Film award and many more. The actor was honoured with Doctorate from the Sree Shankar Acharaya University of Sanskrit.

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The actor soon became popular with the audience  in the South. He was roped in for various films like Mani Ratnam's 'Iruvar'. He made his debut in Bollywood with Ram Gopal Varma's 'Company'.

The actor soon became popular with the audience in the South. He was roped in for various films like Mani Ratnam's 'Iruvar'. He made his debut in Bollywood with Ram Gopal Varma's 'Company'.

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Mohanlal has been part of over 300 films including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. It is interesting to note that the actor was awarded his first best actor award in school for a play 'Computer Boy',where he played the role of a 90 year old man.

Mohanlal has been part of over 300 films including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. It is interesting to note that the actor was awarded his first best actor award in school for a play 'Computer Boy',where he played the role of a 90 year old man.

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The actor has also been part of several plays. He played the character of Karna in a play titled 'Karnabharam' directed by Kavalam Narayana Panicker.

The actor has also been part of several plays. He played the character of Karna in a play titled 'Karnabharam' directed by Kavalam Narayana Panicker.

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The actor is married to Sucitra, daughter of Tamil producer K Balaji, and the couple have two children, Pranav and Vismaya.

The actor is married to Sucitra, daughter of Tamil producer K Balaji, and the couple have two children, Pranav and Vismaya.