What Rajinikanth is to the Tamil industry, Mohanlal is to the Malayalam film industry. The actor is adored, respected and almost worshiped for his body of work. Malayalam superstar, Mohanlal turns 58 today and the actor was born as the second child of Vishwanathan Nair and Santhakumari, at Elanthoor in Pathanamthitta district, on May 21, 1960. It was from a very young age that the actor showed an avid interest in arts and sports and it was perhaps then that he truly realised that he wanted to be an actor someday.
In a career span of 36 years, Mohanlal has acted in almost 330 films. He has received numerous awards; which include 4 National Award trophies under various categories, 9 Filmfare trophies, 6 Kerala State Film Awards. The country has honoured him with Padma Shri, the fourth greatest civilian award of the country. Well, while that’s that there is a lot about him that we don’t know. Thus on the occasion of his birthday today, we bring you seven lesser known facts about the actor.
# No just in acting, Mohanlal had a keen interest in sports as well. The actor was a state level boxing champion, in the year 1977-78. He has been honoured in the past with the black belt in the Korean martial art Taekwondo.
# The actor bagged his Best Actor trophy at the age of 12, for the performance in a stage play called Computer Boy. He essayed the role of a 90-year-old man in the play, which was helmed by actor Manianpilla Raju.
# Not only is he a great actor and a sportsmen, but also a great cook. Mohanlal’s phenomenal culinary skills are exceptionally popular among his close friends and family. Mohanlal, who is a great foodie, is a great cook and loves to experiment with various cuisines. Not many know that but the actor also owns a restaurant chain.
# Mohanlal also bought a plush apartment in world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, Dubai in 2015. He is among a few Indians who owns his own apartment in the building.
# Everyone is well aware of his fondness of filmmaker Priyadarshan but that wasn’t always the cast. Surprisingly, the best of friends, at one point of time, couldn’t stand each other. And the reason was that they supported two different political parties.
# Mohanlal is also one of the those few South Indian actors who managed to be featured in the Times Magazine. He was once recognised as an actor who bought realism into acting. It was then that he was coined with the term, ‘the Marlon Brando of Indian Cinema’. And that speaks a lot about his persona. Doesn’t it?
# Most fans are of the opinion that his debut film is Manjil Virinja Pookkal. However, the actor made his debut with Thiranottam, which didn’t release for almost 25 years.