Date of Birth:21-06-1960
Father Viswanathan Nair
Wife: Suchitra Mohanlal
Son: Pranav Mohanlal
Daughter: Vismaya Mohanlal
Occupation Actor, Playback Singer, Producer
Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair (born May 21, 1960), better known as Mohanlal, is an Indian actor, producer and singer best known for his work in Malaysian cinema. Mohanlal made his actor debut in Thiranottam (1978), however, Manjil Virinja Pookkal (1980) was released earlier at the box office. In 1991, Mohanlal produced and performed in Bharatham which is interpreted as a modern adaptation of the Ramayana from Bharath's point of view. The film was a critical and commercial hit and won Mohanlal's National Film Award for Best Actor for this year. His role in Bharatham has been listed among the top 25 performances of Indian cinema by Forbes India on the occasion of the celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema.
In 1999, he produced and acted in Vanaprastham, which earned him his second National Film Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI Fest) and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Vanaprastham was screened in retrospective at the Festival International Film Festival of India in 2014 in the Celebrate Dance in Indian Cinema section. In a career of more than three decades, Mohanlal has played in more than three hundred and twenty films of Malayalam in various genres. Mohanlal is also known for his works in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, which include films well received internationally such as Iruvar (1997) by Mani Ratnam and Company (2002) by Ram Gopal Varma.
Mohanlal has been referred by the media as "The Complete Actor" and one of the best actors in India, winning five Indian Film Awards: two Best Actor Awards, two Special Jury Awards and Best Film Award as a producer; with six Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor and eight Filmfare Awards for Best Actor. In 2001, the Government of India honored him with Padma Shri, India's fourth largest civilian honor, for his contributions to Indian cinema. In 2009, he became the first and only actor to receive the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Territorial Army of India and in 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from the " Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kerala.
Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair was born on May 21, 1960 in the village of Elanthoor in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, at his maternal home, as the younger child of Viswanathan Nair, a former Kerala government bureaucrat and law clerk and Santhakumari. He grew up in Mudavanmugal, Poojappura, in his paternal home, in Thiruvananthapuram. Mohanlal studied at Model School, Thiruvananthapuram, and graduated with a B.Com. degree from Mahatma Gandhi College in Thiruvananthapuram. Mahanlal's first role was as a sixth grader for a stage game called Computer Boy in which he played a man of ninety.
In 1977-1978, he was the champion of the struggle of the State of Kerala
Mohanlal resides with his family in Thevara, Kochi in Kerala. He married Suchitra, daughter of Tamil film producer K. Balaji on 28 April 1988. The couple has two children - Pranav Mohanlal and Vismaya Mohanlal. He recalled later in an interview that Suchitra had sent her cards because she wanted to marry him. Their horoscopes did not correspond at first, but later, it was found that the astrologer had made a mistake. Pranav played in some movies, making his debut in Onnaman of Mohanlal (2001). Mohanlal did not object when his son expressed a desire to act because "children can have many ambitions of this kind. If we can help them achieve something, what is the problem? " It has a house in Ooty, a villa in Arabian Ranches and an apartment in Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Mohanlal is a self-described decorator. He also enjoys melodious music. Mohanlal firmly believes in fate and spirituality. He describes himself as a religious and spiritual person and likes to read Osho, J. Krishnamurti, Aurobindo and Ramana Maharshi . He has often said that the turning point in his life, including his film career, was accidental. His elder brother, Pyarelal, died in 2000, during a military exercise.