Who is Mohanlal and what is his net worth 2018? Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair is a veteran Indian actor, a producer best known for his contribution to Malayalam film industry. He is commonly known as Mohanlal. He is a respected figure in Indian cinema as he has enacted a wide range of characters on silver screen. His long career of three decades is a statement in itself for his success. During his career, he has acted in around 300 movies. He is active as a goodwill ambassador for various non-profit organisations and works with enthusiasm for public service and humanitarian causes.
Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nair was born on 21st May 1960 in Elanthoor, a small village in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. He was born in the house of his maternal parents. He was the youngest child in the family. His father Vishwanathan Nair was a former bureaucrat and a law secretary in Kerala government. His mother was Santhakumari, a housewife. He was brought up in his mother’s house in Mudavanamugal, Poojappura in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
His interest in acting goes long back to his school days when he was in 6th grade. He enacted a role of a 90-year-old man in school and was recognised for his acting skills at a young age. His journey in the movies started in 1978 with Thiranottam. The movie was a self-effort made by Mohanlal and his friends, in which he made his acting debut with the role of a mentally retarded servant. The movie wasn’t released due to censorship. His first official release was Manjil Virinja Pookkal in the year 1980.
His performance as an antagonist in the movie was applauded and instantly made him a first choice for the negative roles. This helped him to appear in 25 feature films in the year 1983 itself. But a year later, his role in movie Ivide Thudangunnu helped him break this stereotype of a villain. After that, he started to appear as a lead protagonist in comedy/romantic dramas. He has worked with great masters of that era like G.Aravindan, Hariharan, M.T.Vasudevan Nair, Padmarajan, Bharathan, and Lohithadas.
Mohanlal became a superstar in Malayalam film industry with the huge success of movie Rajavinte Makan 1986. He portrayed the role of an underworld don. After that, his dominance over the Malayalam films started to grow. He appeared in 36 feature films in the year 1986 alone. He worked continuously in Malayalam film industry till late 90’s, when he was cast By Mani Ratnam, in his first ever non-Malayalam movie. The movie, Iruvar, was a Tamil biographical drama which was critically acclaimed all over the world and won best film award at Belgrade International Film Festival.
Later in 2000’s, he starred in his first Bollywood movie, Company. This movie made him a popular face among the Hindi-speaking audience and he won IIFA award for best-supporting actor. His portrayal of an IPS officer in the movie, Company, was labeled as “Finest performance of the decade” in an online poll. He is actively working as a lead actor with his recent ventures like Drishyam(2013), Jilla(2014), Janatha Garage(2016) and Oppam(2016).
Mohanlal did his schooling from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala where he studied at Model School. He later did his graduation in Bachelor’s of Commerce from Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Net Worth of Mohanlal
Mohanlal had a long span in the film industry. He has an estimated net worth of $42 million. He is rumoured to charge around 6 crores per movie and an endorsement fee of 50 lakhs. His income tax in the year 2016 was reported to be around 42 crores.
His entry into films was much of self-effort but after that, he has used his profits very wisely. He is a proud owner of the chain of restaurants in Dubai which helped him establish a production house of his own by name of Pranavam Arts International. He also owns a hotel in Bangalore. His other business ventures include a Kozhikode-based seafood export company, Uni Royal Marines Exports.
Mohanlal is the recipient of a number of accolades and awards during his career. Most honourable of which is the fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri, in the year 2001 for his contribution to the Indian Film Industry. He has won four National Film Awards for his movies Kireedam, Bharatham, and Vanaprastham. He is also a recipient of nine Kerala State Film Awards.
He has been honored as Lieutenant Colonel by Indian Territorial Army in 2009, as Doctor Of Letters by the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in 2010 and also a Black Belt in Taekwondo by World Taekwondo Headquarters, South Korea. He also received an IMA Award by Indian Medical Association as an honour.
The career span of 30 years in the cinema is not easy for any actor to achieve that too with continuous success at various stages. Mohanlal’s need and desire to reinvent himself at different stages during his career has made him the legend he is today.