Last Updated: 06.16 AM, May 21, 2022
Malayalam cinema legend Mohanlal celebrates his 62nd birthday today!
Mohanlal started his acting career at the age of 18, when he appeared in the Malayalam film Thiranottam in 1978. However, the film was delayed due to censorship rules at that time. His real screen debut came with the 1980 romance film Manjil Virinja Pookkal, in which he played the antagonist.
Mohanlal's contribution to Malayalam cinema has been praised by several contemporaries. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2001, and Padma Bhushan in 2019, India's fourth and third highest civilian honours, for his contributions to Indian cinema. In 2009, he became the first actor in India to be awarded the honorary rank of Lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army.
He has also won five National Film Awards—two Best Actor, a Special Jury Mention and a Special Jury Award for acting, and an award for Best Feature Film (as producer), also nine Kerala State Film Awards and Filmfare Awards South and numerous other accolades.
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