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25 years, 25 landmarks

Shobha Warrier | September 03, 2003 13:19 IST

1978.September 4.Mohanlal the actor is born. Though heacted in school and college plays, his baptism asa film actor comes aboutbecause somecollege seniors get together to makeThiranottam and ask the 18 year old to act in it.

1980. Heacts asthe villain in Fazil's Manjil Virinja Pookkal.Shankar and Poornima Jayaram play the lead. Ina few years, Shankar isdoing small roles in films where Mohanlal is the lead.

1984. After playingvillain andsecond lead, Mohanlalacts in Priyadarshan's first directorial venture, Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (the recent Hungama, directed by Priyadarshan, is a Hindi remake). Priyadarshan, Mohanlal's senior at school and college, knows where the actor's strengths lie andexploits it.

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Mohanlal singsfor the first time in Onnanam Kunnil. Later, he sings forfilms like Chitram andin the 2003 Onam release, Balettan.

1986. He wins his first State Award for T P Balagopalan M. A. The role?An unemployed youth whoshoulders the responsibility of his family.T P Balagopalan M.A., Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam, Gandhinagar 2nd Street endear him to the public.

1986. Along comesRajavinte Makan, in which Mohanlal playsan action hero. With itssuccesshe is labelled a superstar.

1987. Srinivasan, Satyan Anthikad and Mohanlal come together and the result is thehilarious black comedy,Nadodikkattu. Dasan and Vijayan, enacted by Mohanlal and Srinivasan respectively, are such huge successes that two sequelsfollow. Even today, many Malayalees askthe actors: 'When can we see Dasan and Vijayan again?'

1988. The Priyadarshan-Mohanlal team comes up with a comic tragedy,Chitram. Thefilm runs for 365 days in a theatre in Kerala. In 1951,the Malayalam film, Jeevitha Nauka, had run for a whole year. After 37 years, Chitram creates history.

1988.Mohanlal marriesTamilproducer Balaji's daughter Suchitra in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Even today, audienceswatch Mohanlal asSethumadhavan inKireedam with a lump in their throats. They feel his pain and helplessness and cry along with him. The National Award committee bestows on him a Special Jury Award, his first National Award.

1990. HelaunchesPranavam Arts and produces His Highness Abdullah. Itis a runaway success. At a time when music is disappearing from Malayalam films,His Highness Abdullahfocusedon music. Nedumudi Venu winsthe Best Supporting Actor Award at the National Awards.

1990. Mohanlalacts inG Aravindan's Vaasthuhara.Till then, he had only acted in the so-called middle cinema.With Vaasthuhara, he rises to a differentplane.

1991.Bharatham, the second filmfrom Pranavam Arts, written by Lohitadas and directed by Sibi Malayil, is considereda landmark in Malayalam cinema. Mohanlal's performance as the younger brother of a famous singer wins himthe 1991 National Award for Best Actor. The State Awardalso goesto him.

1991.Another huge hit from the Mohanlal-Priyadarshan team, Kilukkam. Mohanlal and Jagathy Sreekumar are unparalleled in their comic timing.

1992.Heacts as a classical dancer for the first time in Kamaladhalam.He also playsa sculptor in Rajasilpi and a painter in Sadayam. Healsohas two comedies this year: Yodha, in which he again creates magicwith Jagathy Sreekumar, and Siddhique Lal's Vietnam Colony.

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1995. Sphadikam marksthe emergence of a new Mohanlal --the omnipotent, moustache twirling, tough, anti-hero with a heart of gold.

1997. For the first time, Mohanlal acts in a language other than Malayalam. It takes a lot of persuasion from Mani Ratnam to make him agree to do Iruvar. He plays MGR in Iruvar. Aishwarya Rai makes her film debut in Iruvar playingJayalalithaa.

1998. Though he has a huge hit in Harikrishnans, which he produces, itisnevertheless poor stufffor aproduction house thatmade quality films like His Highness Abdullahi, Bharatham, Kamaladhalam, etc. Mohanlal later sayshe could complete Shaji N Karun's Vaanaprasthamonly because of the money he earned from the success of Harikrishnans.

1999.A bad year for Mohanlal.Only two releases: Olympian Antony and Ustad. Both eminently forgettablefilms.

2000.Shaji N Karun's Vaanaprastham is the highest point in hiscareer. As itsproducer, he loses a lot of money, butwinsboth the National and State Awards for Best Actor. If itisacommercial disaster, his other release Narasimham, where he plays a superman, isone of the biggest successes inMalayalam cinema.

2001. The Padma Shriis conferred on him.

2001. Heacts in a Sanskrit play,Karnabhaaram, writtenbypoet and theatre personality Kavalam Narayana Panicker.

2002. Heact in Company, a Hindi film directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The rolewins him the Best Supporting Actor Award at the International Indian Film Academy Awards.

2003. Mohanlalcompletes 25 years as a film actoron September 4. His Onam release, Balettan, opens with a bang at the box office.After a long time, he portrays an ordinary man, not a superman.

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Sub: lal...really good

as matter of fact its hard to choose lal's one movie and say "the best"...he is so good versatile... i see a very alert ...

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Sub: Mohanlal the great actor

Like MGR to Tamilians Mohanlal is to Keralites. These Malayaliees have really created a niche in the filmworld. My best wishes to Mohanlal

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Sub: Veru Bad , Shobha Warrier u missed ''DEVASURAM ''

Look shoba.. its bad u missed DEVASURAM .... it is one of the bet filim of mohan lal. if one given chance to select top ...

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Sub: 25 years of Mohanlal

Dear Shri Lal, On the occasion of clebrating 25 years of successful career in malayalam film industry, I wish you all the success in the ...

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Sub: the anti-hero

mohanlal, the anti-hero with twirled moustache was born in devasuram, 2-3 years before sphadikam. -sudeep

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