The superstar turns 56 today
It is a great day for Malayalam cinema. The biggest superstar of Mollywood, Mohanlal celebrates his birthday today. The actor turns 56 and he has all the experience and talent to show for it. He is such a legend in Kerala that people simply believe anything he says. But here are 5 facts that you should know about this Mollywood superstar...
Villain in debut film
Looks like this trait is common to all great actors. Just like Rajinikanth, Mohanlal made a debut in films as a villain. Lalettan started out in films in 1980 Manjil Virinja Pookkal, where he plays an evil and sadistic husband. His performance in his maiden film was so good that the film obtained cult status.
Mohanlal is one of those few people who came into showbiz on their own without any family affiliations. But before movies became his obsession, the actor was very good in wrestling. He was so good that he was actually a wrestling champion in the entire state of Kerala for two consecutive years.
National awards and Padma Shri
Two of the biggest honours that any actor can receive are the Padma Shri and National award. While even the likes of Rajinikanth received the Padma Vibhushan only recently, Lalettan got his accolades long ago in 2001. Not just that, the Pulimurugan actor has won the National Award for Best Actor twice, once in 1991 and 1999.
Failed Houdini act
Yes, as if singing, acting and producing was enough, the veteran actor even tried to pull off a daredevil stunt. In 2008, Mohanlal tried to do one of the most dangerous escaping acts in the magic, called the Burning Illusion. In this stunt, the actor was to be handcuffed and chained and locked in a box set on fire from which he had to escape. But he was dissuaded at the final moment by his fans and fellow actors.
Maximum number of Hindi remakes
Mohanlal is the only Mollywood actor whose films have been remade very frequently in Hindi. Best examples are Drishyam which was made as Drishyam starring Ajay Devgn, Boing Boing was remade as Garam Masala, Kriddam was remade as Gardish among many more.
Wow, it looks like he is a lot more than just a great actor, he is an amazing artist too.
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