Mohanlal turns a year older – Happy Birthday to ‘The Complete Actor’!

The Malayalam superstar, who has ruled Mollywood for nearly three and a half decades, turns 54 today

Born on May 21 1960, in a small town named Pathanamthitta Mohanlal went on to become a star of great stature. Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair was born in a government officer’s household. Popularly known as just Mohanlal among the masses, the actor has contributed a lot to the Malayalam film industry. This hero played a prominent role in the way Malayalam cinema is perceived and  respected all around the world.

Mohanlal made his debut in 1980 with Manjil Virinja Pookkal, playing an antagonist. His role as college senior and the way he portrayed it made the Malayalam film industry take notice of this then newbie. Since then the actor’s career has taken a great leap and not looked back.  Churning out one blockbuster after another, doing one different role after another, giving one award winning performance after another, soon Mohanlal became the king of Mollywood. For his invaluable contribution to Indian cinema, the Government of India honoured Mohanlal with the Padma Shri in 2001.

Today, on his birthday we bring you five of his best roles on silver screen.

Kunhikuttan in Vanaprastham 

Kathakali dancing has never been portrayed the way it was filmed in Shaji N Karun’s Vanaprastham. Mohanlal played the role of Kunhikuttan, a Kathakali dancer, with such ferocity that he went on to receive the National Award for Best Actor in 1999. The way he mastered a difficult dance form like Kathakali left everyone dumbstruck.

Rameshan Nair in Thanmatra  

Alzheimer’s is a painful disease which takes a toll on both the patient and the family. In 2005, Thanmatra, a beautiful film on effects of Alzheimer’s disease on loving family, gave the versatile actor one heck of a role play. Mohanlal as Rameshan Nair, an Alzheimer patient not only made it look believable but performed so subtly  that it moved millions to tears. The versatile actor had owned the role.

Sethumadhavan in Kireedam 

Mohanlal won his first national award in 1989 for his role of Sethumadhavan, a youth who is pushed to be rowdy by the society, in Kireedam. He played the character with so much flair that the memories of Sethumadhavan are still etched in the minds of common man. The  film was later remade into Hindi by Priyadarshan titled as Gardish starring Jackie Shroff.

Mangalasherry Neelakantan in Devasuram  

The film based on rivalry between two village clans saw Mohanlal playing the role of Mangalasherry Neelakantan. Though the film had nothing new to offer, the acting chops of the complete actor made the film a box office hit. Mohanlal carried the entire film on his shoulders, impressing one and all with his acting nuances.

Dasan in Nadodikattu

The superstar showcased his comic timing in the 1987 satirical comedy Nadodikattu. Playing the role of one of the two youths who are fooled by an agent, Mohanlal’s antiques in the film depicted that the actor can not only do serious roles but can also pull off comic roles with great flair.

The Mr Fraud star Mohanlal, in his long career spanning over 35 years, has played all the possible roles in the book and has managed to do justice to each and every one of them. The versatile actor who is compared to Kamal Haasan due to his acting nuances has proved that he deserves the title of The Complete Actor. We at Bollywoodlife wish the remarkable actor a very happy birthday and hope he continues to thrill us with new experimental roles.