Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ten Must Watch Movies of Mohanlal


Every time I see the movies of Mohanlal he amazed me again and again. Other than Kamalhassan I have never seen such a versatile actor. Mohanlal’s acting career spanning over 30 years now has given the Indian cinema some memorable performances- performances one and only Mohanlal can enact. Through his acting, he has become the darling of the people of Kerala. Here is a collection of ten of his best movies and if you have seen these movies you have blessed to see some divine acting by one and only Mohanlal.
1 - Vanaprastham by Shaji N Karun
This movie of Mohanlal will be first in my list of the must watch movies of him. Kathakali is an art form of Kerala that requires years and years of practice to master it. Here in this movie Mohanlal performs the role of a Kathakali artist Kunhikuttan and he performs Kathakali even better than the seasoned folks with no previous experience. He won the National and State Award for the Best Actor for this movie. Here is the clip from the movie. Simply superb

2 - Thanmatra by Blessy
This film portrays Rameshan Nair (enacted to greatness by Mohanlal) who gets affected by Alzheimer’s disease and changes that bring to his life and family due to that disease. This beautiful movie directed by one of the most promising director of the present generation Blessy swept the state awards for the year 2005. Mohanlal won the State Award for the best actor for this movie.
3 - Kireedom by Sibi Malayil
The trio of Mohanlal-Lohithadas- Sibi Malayil has given a lot of super hits and this movie will come in the top of that list. Kireedom narrates the story of Sethumadhavan, whose fate was to be typecast as a rowdy by the villagers. He won the National Award for the best actor in 1989 for this movie. Priyadarshan remade this movie into Hindi (Gardish) and later 18 years this movie was remade in Tamil with the same name with Ajith as hero.
4 - Chitram by Priyadarshan
This movie is one of the greatest hits of all time in Malayalam. Mohanlal portrays the role of a husband who is hired to do that role for a fortnight. The ease at which Mohanlal does comedy scenes in this movie made him the darling of the masses.
5 - Devasuram by I V Sasi
Another great movie of Mohanlal - the rivalry between Mangalasherry Neelakantan (Mohanlal) and Mundakkal Shekaran (Napolean) is the main theme of the movie. Nothing new in the story line but the main attraction of this movie was the great acting by Mohanlal.
6 - T.P Balagopalan M.A by Satyan Anthikad
Mohanlal won his first state award in 1986 for best actor for portraying the role of an educated youth who is trying hard to make both ends meet.

7 - Bharatham by Sibi Malayil
Another movie from Mohanlal-Lohithadas-Sibi Malayil that fetched Mohanlal the national award for the best actor. This movie has some great songs with classical touch composed by late Raveendran.

8 - Nadodikattu by Santyan Anthikad
One of the many hits of Satyan Anthikad-Mohanlal-Sreenivasan team. This movie narrates the story of Dasan (Mohanlal) and Vijayan (Sreenivasan) who were fooled by an agent and land in Chennai instead of Dubai. This movie has become such a hit that two more sequel of it has already hit the theatres and they are working on the fourth sequel of this movie. Here is the scene from the movie. Enjoy!
9 - Vellanakalude Nadu by Priyadarshan
Another movie directed by Priyadarshan is a satire that shows the difficulties faced by a Contractor. In this movie Mohanlal enacts the role of Contractor who had to face one trouble after another and Mohanlal has done this role to perfection.
10 - Varavelppu by Satyan Anthikad
This movie depicts the trade union problems that is prevalent in Kerala and was a huge hit. Mohanlal plays the role of a gulf returnee who buys a bus to make a living and how he was forced to run from pillar to post to keep his bus from running. Finally the movie ends with Mohanlal going back to Middle East losing everything he had. A great movie by the team Satyan Anthikad-Sreenivasan-Mohanlal.

It is tough to pick the top ten movies for an actor like Mohanlal There are other movies where Mohanlal’s performance was great like Padamudra, Ulsavapittennu, Thoovanathumbikal, Namukkuparkkan Monthirithoppukal, Paradesi, Sanmanasullavarkku Samadhanam - to name few. But the above ten movies should give one an idea of the great versatility of this actor.
Another example of versatility of Mohanlal. See the scene from the same movie taken in three different language – Manichitrathazhu in Malayalam, Chandramuki in Tamil and Bhool Bhulaiya in Hindi. See these scenes and judge yourself why Mohanlal is one of the greatest actor on Indian cineama.
Mohanlal to me is what Sachin Tendulkar is for cricket. Both are the best in their field. 

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24 Comments:

Blogger tagskie said...

hi.. just dropping by here... have a nice day! http://kantahanan.blogspot.com/

July 19, 2009 3:00 AM  
Blogger Rockus said...

After watching Bhramaram, I was mulling a post over the exact same thing! Good collection, though I would have a different top 10! :)

July 19, 2009 8:08 AM  
Blogger Balu Krishnan said...

Like Rockus said I would have had a different set of top performance by mohanlal. Dasaratham and Thoovanathumbigal would have been in my list. Even the movie Uyarangalil, where mohanlal plays a villain-hero type of role should be mentioned. Here is the climax clip of Dasaratham. Just check out how he handles different sets of emotions at the same time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VTbW6SFnIs

July 19, 2009 8:50 AM  
Blogger Nikhil Narayanan said...

My list of 10 would easily have 20..still good collection.
Mid career Mohanlaline pottikkan ini oru naayakan janikkanam!
Bhramaram was good, let us not forget that.

-Nikhil

July 19, 2009 9:41 AM  
Blogger Eldhose Csharks said...

very nice...totally agree with this...but I think the list is short...we have many other movies to be counted with these. good attempt to collect these..congrats!

July 19, 2009 9:46 AM  
Blogger alexp0205 said...

Thoovanathumbikal should certainly have come into the list.. That movies works out just because of him..

And I am against mentioning Paradeshi in the best movies.. For me, it was the worst movie and very unimpressive acting... His body language as an old man was pretty ordinary.. Jagathy scored over Mohanlal easily in that movie despite having only a very small role.. And the movie too was a failure. It had a good theme and very stupid story...

July 19, 2009 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Sarath. said...

Art director Sabu Cyril said in one of his interview once, that sometimes the sets constructed by some good art directors are so real that people just assume its real and not man-made and just fail to appreciate the hardwork and talent behind it. To get some appreciation there has to be slight touch of artificiality in it which gets people's attention.

Mohanlal's natural, restrained and simplistic acting style gets a similar reaction from audience. We feel the pain and joy of the character he portrays on the screen. We say there is nothing much to act in that role, because we never 'felt' the acting. That is the mark of an accomplished actor. The ONLY other Indian actor which has evoked the same reaction in me is Nasruddin Shah.

July 19, 2009 4:46 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

A nice tutorial for a foreigner like me who wants to know more about the greats of Malayalam Cinema. When will Malayalam cinema make the world stage? So many good movies. So many good stories.

July 20, 2009 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not easy to pick up ten best movies of Mohanlal. In almost all the movies his acting is superb. The recentlly released "Bhramaram" is worth watching.
Balu

July 20, 2009 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Sanjay said...

All said and done, while appreciating his skills at his job, Mohanlal should control his weight! He is so bursting out on himself. On a lighter side, if he acts on Uncle bun now, he wont have to put water bags on... And this guy is screwed up, big time. His wife is/was a crack addict and wasted up. He goes around trying to get his heroines to bed with him. Remember the big scandal when Nayan thara told that she quit malayalam film industry when mohanlal tried to force her to get into bed with him. Well, its another story that now, nayan thara's hobby is bed-hopping! Just imagine, if mohanlal was a nice person in his private life also, he would have been appreciated many-fold than now.

July 20, 2009 7:13 AM  
Anonymous sandeep said...

i wud've squeezed in Thoovanathumbikal, Namukkuparkkan Monthirithoppukal and Manichithrathazhu somehow in to the list (i know its difficult though)

i am also a fan of lal but its painfall to see some of the meaningless (the so-called larger than life) characters he had been doing in the last few years. i hope he sticks to the more realistic movies

July 20, 2009 7:33 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Nikil
I haven't watched Bhramaram yet.

Sarat
Nice Observations

Jennifer
I know couple of movies made it to Oscar like "Guru". I think it is tough for Malayalam movies to make it to world stage.

Sanjay
let us keep our discussions to his acting skills.

July 21, 2009 6:05 AM  
Blogger Praveen said...

thats a gr8 list put up there..
Its always hard to pick just 10 out of his many great roles..
I wud've added the incomparable sadayam and dasaratham to the list..But then am confused on which 2 movies to leave out of ur list :D

Hail Lalettan!

@sanjay
as brijesh said, lets keep the discussion strictly to the art. If v try and dig up those stories of all the stars, then we wud never be able to appreciate such brilliant men like lal and kamal

July 21, 2009 6:32 PM  
Blogger Smart TV said...

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August 19, 2009 10:47 AM  
Blogger Smart TV said...

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August 19, 2009 10:49 AM  
Anonymous zubin said...

Hi,
You missed out the top money grossers of Mohanlal in the list like Narasimham, Thenmavin Kombathu, Kilukkam, Araam Thamouran, Ravanaprabhu etc and the movie which won the National Best actor award for Mohanlal for the first time, namely Bharatham

February 17, 2010 6:24 AM  
OpenID vinodvpisces said...

I feel there is no point in adding many movies of the same genre in the list; for e.g., nadodikattu, varavelpu, vellanakalude nadu.. One of them is enough because the charecterization and execution is very similar.

I would have only any one of
Priyadarshan movies and
Sathyan Anthikadu movies in the list

My list would definitely include these 4:
Dasaratham
Iruvar
Sadayam
Thoovanathumbikal

I also disagree to the view that Thanmatra and Bhramaram are among the best performances of Mohanlal. They are better among the ones that he did post-2000

And as a layman, I did not feel that Lal did anything great in Vanaprastham which he has not done in movies like 'Ragam'. Just because it is appreciated and rewarded by the critics, it is present in most of our lists :)

March 30, 2010 4:20 PM  
Blogger ANU said...

i TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH MY FRIEND IN MENTIONING AARAM TAHMPURAM RAVANAPRABU AND NARASIMHAM AMONG THE HITS OG MOHANLAL JUST FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT MOHANLAL PLAYED SUPERHUMAN CHARECTERS IN THESE FILMS.BEING A TRUE LOVER OF MALAYALAM FILM,I AM STRONGLY DISAPPOINTED IN THE RISE OF THESE FILMS AS HITS.

April 17, 2010 5:43 PM  
Blogger Nishil said...

Mohanlal enna abhinayaprathibhakku munnil njan sashtangam pranamicha chitrangalanu chitram,kereedam,thalavattam,devasuram,manichitrathazhu.E avadharathine vellan ennolam arum janichittilla.......

July 24, 2010 2:40 AM  
Blogger hasik said...

lal was a great actor.now he is worst in malayalam.he must check his bodyweight

August 28, 2010 12:23 PM  
Blogger Louella said...

Saw just 3 of them! Great post :)

January 24, 2011 3:05 PM  
Blogger sreejith.s said...

dasharatham and chitram must be included among the top 10

August 23, 2011 6:43 AM  
Blogger sreejith.s said...

dasharatham,chenkol and chitram must be included among the yop films of laletttan

August 23, 2011 6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anto said...

I totally agree with vinod

October 27, 2011 7:59 PM  

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