Padamashri Mohanlal is considered to be the face of Malayalam cinema today. The actor who made his debut at the age of 20 has over the years become one of the biggest super stars of south Indian film industry. Having worked with Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada as well Hindi films, the actors filmography is huge. But as he turns 54 today, we list out 10 of his films that one must watch.
Bharatham: Bharatham was a musical-drama, written by AK Lohithadas, directed by Sibi Malayil, and produced by Mohanlal. It starred Mohanlal as a singer along with Urvashi, Nedumudi Venu, Lakshmi and Murali. The songs were composed by M Raveendran. The film is especially known for its Carnatic Classical and Semi Classical music.
Vanaprastham: Mohanlal's superlative performance as lower cast Kathakali dancer makes this Shaji N. Karun's film a must watch. This Malayalam film explored the stark divide that exists in the society due to the caste system and narrates the anguish of a performer who is estranged from his son and who has always yearned for acceptance from his father.
Spadikam: The film narrated the story of a father and a son, whose ideological difference creates gap in their relationship. The film fetched Mohanlal Best Actor Filmfare trophy.
Kaalapan:Govardhan (Mohanlal), a doctor by profession, is wrongly accused of bombing a train and is jailed by the British in Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He witnesses sufferings of hundreds of Indian prisoners there.
Aaraam Thampuran:Written by Ranjith and directed by Shaji Kailas, the film starred Mohanlal, Narendra Prasad, and Manju Warrier in the lead roles. The film was a huge success at the Box Office and developed a cult status of sorts.
Iruvar: Mani Ratnam's Tamil saga was a take on the real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi.Mohanlal's character was based on MGR's life and his rise from a small time actor to a politician.
Kireedam: The film narrated the story of a Malayali youth, Sethumadhavan (Mohanlal), whose hopes and aspirations are shattered by a combination of fate and human falling.The film explored how society type-casts individuals and forces them to act that part whether they like it or not. Mohanlal won the 1989 National Film Award-Special Jury Award for his performance.
Paadha Mudra: The film was a family drama where Mohan Lal played a double role. One as a worker in the quarry, while the other as a businessman.
Thanmathra: Written and directed by Blessy, the film had Mohanlal playing an Alzheimer patient whose family gets affected due to his illness. The film was based on Padmarajan's short story 'Orma'.
Thoovanathumbikal: The cult Malayalam film was a romantic story featuring Mohanlal, Parvathy and Sumanlatha. Directed and written by P Padmarajan, the film had Mohanlal's character falling for two women at the same time, one is his neighbour and the other is an escort.