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Mohanlal was born in Elanthur in Pathanamthitta
district of Kerala, to Vishwanathan Nair, a lawyer and government employee and
Santhakumari on 21 may 1960. The family later shifted to Mudavanmugal in
Thiruvananthapuram, which was the house of his mother.
Mohanlal joined the Mudavanmukal LP school and later enrolled in the model
School, Trivandrum. Mohanlal first demonstrated his talent for acting in 1972,
when he was chosen as the best actor of the school while he was in the sixth
grade competing with the 10th graders. He attended Mahatma Gandhi College in
Thiruvananthapuram for his bachelor's degree. He continued his association with
acting and won numerous best actor awards. It was here that he met a group of
fellow-students, who were passionate about theatre and feature films.
Mohanlal got entry into movies when his friends opened up a film company called
Bharath CineGroup and started making a film 'Thiranottam', in which Mohanlal was
given a comic role to enact. Unfortunately, due to certain reasons this film was
released in one theatre only. As such, the first meaningful break into movies
came into 1980s for Mohanlal. There was a production house that was looking for
fresh faces. Mohanlal's friends applied for this post on his behalf, which got
him selected by Navodaya Appachen for the role of antagonist in Manjil Virinja
Pookkal which became a major hit.
There was no shortage of opportunities after this for Mohanlal. By 1983, he
featured in more than 25 movies. As a young talented man, Mohanlal received many
offers to explore a variety of characters and during this course, he turned
pally with a number of Malayalam film directors and script writers. The mid
1980s proved to be most beneficial for Mohanlal as Sathyan Anthikad's
T.P.Balagopalan M.A got him the first Kerala State award for best actor.Further
he portrayed an underworld don in the blockbuster film ‘Rajavinte Makan’ in
1986. Mohanlal's popularity among teenage moviegoers was increased by this film
which brought him a super hero image.
In the 1990s, Mohanlal acted in a number of notable commercial movies, such as
His Highness Abdullah, Midhunam, Minnaram and Manichithrathazhu. Devasuram,
written by Ranjith and directed by I. V. Sasi, was one of Mohanlal's most
successful films. Mohanlal's first non-Malayalam movie was the Tamil film
Iruvar(1997), directed by Mani Ratnam. He won his second National Award for Best
Actor for the Indo-French movie Vaanaprastham. The film was also selected for
the competitive section at the Cannes Film Festival. Mohanlal's movie Guru was
chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars to be considered for nomination
in the Best Foreign Film for 1997.
In 2000, Mohanlal starred in Narasimham, which became one of the highest
grossing movies in the history of Malayalam cinema.. In 2002, Mohanlal acted in
his first Bollywood movie, Company, which introduced him to the Hindi-speaking
audience in India and for which he won the IIFA Star Screen Award for Best
Supporting Actor. He debuted on the stage as Karna (a character in the Indian
epic Mahabharata) in Karnabharam, a Sanskrit play that was premiered in New
Delhi as part of the National Theatre Festival.
Awards and achievements
Mohanlal was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001.
Mohanlal was granted the rank of honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian
Territorial Army in 2009
Mohanlal was awarded Honorary Doctorate by Sree Sankaracharya University of
Sanskrit in 2010.
Mohanlal has won several National Awards: the Special Jury Award (Actor), two
Best Actor awards, and the Best Film (Producer) award.
Mohanlal has won six Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor, the most times the
award has been given to any actor.
Mohanlal's film Vanaprastham was screened in the "Un Certain Regard" section at
the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
Mohanlal was chosen as the Most Popular Keralite by a survey conducted by CNN-IBN
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