Mohanlal is an Indian film actor and producer (malayalam) born on 21 May 1960. His original name is Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nair and he was born in Elanthoor Pathanamthitta in Kerala, to Vishwanathan Nair, a lawyer and subsequently law secretary for the Government of Kerala, and Shanthakumari, a housewife.He was brought up in Trivandrum in his mother's house.He attended the Mudavanmukal LP school and later enrolled in the Model School, Trivandrum.For his bachelor's degree, he attended Mahatma Gandhi College in Trivandrum. Later he has got maried to Suchitra. Mohanlal made his acting debut in Thiranottam (1978), but the film got released only after 25 years due to censorship issues. His first film to be released was Manjil Virinja Pookkal (1980), in which he played the antagonist.
In 1991, Mohanlal produced and starred in Bharatham which is interpreted as a modern-day adaptation of the Ramayana from Bharath's perspective. The film was a critical and commercial success, and got Mohanlal the National Film Award for Best Actor for that year. His role in Bharatham was listed among the 25 best acting performances of Indian cinema by Forbes India on the occasion of celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema. In 1999, he produced and acted in Vanaprastham, which won him his second National Film Award for Best Actor. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI Fest), and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Vanaprastham was screened in retrospective, during the 2014 International Film Festival of India in the Celebrating Dance in Indian cinema section. In a career spanning over three decades, Mohanlal has acted in over 300 Malayalam films in various genres and a few films outside Malayalam cinema in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, which include works such as Iruvar (1997), Company (2002), and Manamantha (2016). Even though he doesn't have any theatre backgroundh he debuted on the stage as Karna in Karnabharam, a Sanskrit play that was premiered in New Delhi as part of the National Theatre Festival. Kadhayattam was a presentation enacted by Mohanlal, depicting 10 unforgettable characters and situations selected from Malayalam literature.Chayamukhi is Mohanlal's latest play,in which he performed the role of Bheeman.