Best known for his work in Malayalam films, Mohanlal is an actor, producer, singer, writer and distributor from South India. He started his career with an anti-hero role at the age of 20 and has been rated as one of the most talented actors in India, for his choice of roles ranging from light-hearted comedy to serious heroes or villainous ones.
His talent has been recognized nationally with the Padma Shri award that he bagged in 2001. He has also won four Indian National Film Awards - two Best Actor Awards, one Special Jury Award for acting, and one Award for Best Film as producer along with six Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor. In 2009, he became the first actor to be given the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army of India. In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kerala. In 2013, his talent as a cricketer was proven as he captained the Kerala Strikers team in Celebrity Cricket League (CCL).
His business ventures include production and distribution companies Pranavam Arts and Pranamam; Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments, a Malayalam film distribution company; Vismaya Max, a film post-production studio and a college for dubbing artists at Kinfra Film and Video Park, Trivandrum.
Apart from his film personality, Mohanlal also owns restaurants and packaged spices businesses under the name Mohanlal's Taste Buds and is a partner and director at Uniroyal Marine Exports, a major Kozhikode-based seafood export company.
Born on: 21 May, 1960
Born in: Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India
Height: 5' 8"
Nickname(s): Universal Star/Superstar, Lalettan, Laalu, Mohan Lal, Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair