Mohanlal was born in Pathanamthitta in Kerala to Mr. Vishwanathan Nair, a government employee, and Mrs. Santhakumari. He grew up at Mudavanmugal, Poojappura in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), as his father was employed in the Kerala Government Secretariat in the legal department.
He attended the local school at Mudavanmugal and later enrolled into the Govt. Model Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram. An average student at school, he took to acting very early in life, when he used to participate in school-plays. In the sixth grade, young Mohanlal was chosen the best actor in school, an award that was usually bagged by tenth graders. After schooling, he joined Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvanathapuram (Under Kerala University) for his bachelors degree.
He continued his association with acting and won numerous best actor awards. Here he met a group of fellow-students who were passionate about theatre and feature films. They were instrumental in getting him his first breakthrough in film, and some of them, notably Priyadarshan and Manian Pilla Raju, went on to become popular movie directors and actors. Lal's first film was "Thiranottam" (1978).
The film ran into trouble with the Censor Board and was never released. His breakthrough came in 1980 at the age of 20, when he was selected for the role of the antagonist in Manjil Virinja Pookkal. 1986 was one of his best years. Sathyan Anthikkad's T.P. Balagopalan M.A. got him his first Kerala State award for best actor. His role of an underworld don in Rajavinte Makan saw the emergence of Mohanlal as one of the leading stars of Malayalam cinema.
The Oval, London ,6/19/2013, 15:00 (IST)
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff ,6/14/2013, 15:00 (IST)
Edgbaston, Birmingham ,6/15/2013, 15:00 (IST)
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff ,6/16/2013, 15:00 (IST)