As the Malayalam film superstar Mohanlal, fondly known as Lalettan among his fans, celebrates his 60th birthday today, wishes poured in from politicians and film celebrities from across the country.
In a twitter message, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan wrote, “Dear Mr.@Mohanlal, I liked you from your first film. I envied you for the constant quality of your work, that too with detractors lurking in every turn. I liked you even more when I worked with you. Long live my younger brother.”
Haasan’s 2015 crime thriller ‘Papanasam’ was based on Mohanlal’s superhit movie ‘Drishyam’ released in 2013. Both Tamil and Malayalam versions of the films were directed by Jeethu Joseph. Mohanlal was also the host of the Malayalam version of popular reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ while the tamil format of the show was hosted by Kamal Haasan. In March, Bigg Boss was suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The two actors shared screen together in 2009 Tamil film ‘Unnaipol Oruvan’, which is a remake of ‘A Wednesday’.
Mohanlal’s much-awaited epic war film ‘Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham’ directed by Priyardarshan was scheduled for release in March 2020 but it was postponed due to theatrical shutdown across the country due to pandemic. The actor also has an interesting line up of big projects such as Lucifer sequel Empuraan, Jeethu Joseph’s Ram and his own directorial debut Barroz.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also wished the actor on Twitter, “Many happy returns @Mohanlal! May you keep delivering hits & giving pleasure to millions!”
Bollywood film director Madhur Bhandarkar wished Mohanlal “peace, happiness & success in life,” along with a picture of himself with the actor.
Actors Prithviraj Sukumaran, Aju Varghese, Nivin Pauly, Harish Kalyan, Hansika Motwani, Shweta Mohan and many others wished the ‘complete actor’ on his birthday.
In a career span of four decades, Mohanlal has worked in over 300 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada languages. He won five National Film Awards, nine Kerala State film Awards and numerous other accolades. Mohanlal was conferred with Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award in 2019.