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Mohanlal regains box office throne with Neru; What makes him the ultimate crowd-puller of Malayalam cinema?

Mohanlal made a massive comeback to the box office after long dull phase, with the great success of Neru. Here’s an analysis of his unshakable stardom which is growing from strength to strength.

Mohanlal regains box office throne with Neru; What makes him the ultimate crowd-puller of Malayalam cinema?
Mohanlal, then and now

Last Updated: 10.08 PM, Dec 25, 2023


Neru, the courtroom drama emerged as the surprise blockbuster of this season. The movie, which marked the fifth collaboration of Mohanlal and renowned filmmaker Jeethu Joseph, has been receiving excellent reviews from both audiences and critics. The superstar played the role of Adv. Vijayamohan, a senior lawyer who makes a comeback to his profession after a long hiatus. Along with the veteran actor, Neru features a stellar star cast including Anaswara Rajan, Priya Mani, and Siddique, in key roles.

Mohanlal has been receiving rave reviews for his fantastic performance in the film, which has been considered his big comeback. Well, it is truly heartening to see how the Malayalam cinema audiences, especially the diehard fans celebrating the comeback of Mohanlal, the great actor.

Mohanlal’s unshakable stardom

As many celebrities have suggested over the years, the Malayalam audiences have been considered the most forgiving section, when it comes to cinema. Kerala and its cinema culture are so rooted in content and performances, to the extent that the audiences refuse to encourage any talent who lets them down multiple times with their choice of films. However, multiple flops and underwhelming performances were just not enough to shake Mohanlal’s decades-long stardom, and his powerful hold at the Malayalam cinema box office.

The Malayalam audiences are more than happy to celebrate Mohanlal’s stellar performance in Neru, which is unarguably his finest in recent times. As the veteran actor said in a recent interview, the legacy he made in cinema with countless powerful performances over the last 46 years, will always remain unforgettable. The cinema lovers were just eagerly waiting for the National Award winner to rise above the clutches and limitations of his superstardom and larger-than-life onscreen image. 

Even if the veteran actor disappointed them with his film choices in the last few years, the Malayalam cinema audience is just not ready to give up on him. For those who grew up watching vintage Malayalam films, Mohanlal is not just an actor but is a major part of their life and memories. It is hard to find a Malayali, who cannot recognize the superstar's face or voice, no matter which part of the world they are in. And this is the biggest reason why the superstar still remains the ultimate crowd-puller of the Malayalam film industry.

The audiences, who loved ‘actor’ Mohanlal just want him to collaborate with more young creative minds, instead of churning out back-to-back big-budget commercial potboilers, that do no justice to his unparalleled talent. Well, we are just hoping that Mohanlal is set to kickstart a new exciting phase in his acting career, with the massive success of Neru, and the promising list of upcoming projects, including Malaikottai Vaaliban, L2 Empuraan, and Rambaan.

The Malayalam cinema and its audience expect much more than Monsters, Ittamanis, and some forgettable supporting characters in other language films, from Lalettan.

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