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.