Mohan Lal Curated

Indian actor

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  • Any interesting forthcoming projects?

    Rajiv Anchal's ``Guru'' and films by Fazil, Priyadarshan and Venu Nagavalli. If the director's idea is well translated, ``Guru'' could be a very interesting movie. It deals with a unique subject with strong accent on music. A sum of Rs. 25-30 lakhs has been spent for recording alone. Musicians were brought from abroad for originality. It has a big canvas and is aimed at a national audience. Fazil's film will also be very different from the usual.

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  • After being in films for nearly two decades, have you developed interest in any other facets of film making? Could there be a transition on your part from an actor to a film-maker?

    Yes, I do have my own concept of things and to some extent I know the grammar and the technique of film making which I have learnt from my experience of acting in more than 210 films. But direction is not my cup of tea. The whole film takes birth in the director's mind and he has to translate it into celluloid. When it flounders, the whole film collapses. Recently we have started a miniature studio which might become a big firm later. Already, Priyadarshan shot a flood scene for his Hindi film there which came out very well. In special effects, miniature could be used very effectively with graphics. Let us see.

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  • You seem to work only with the top directors. Don't the talented directors of parallel cinema also deserve to have you work with them?

    It is best to trust a known director. Even if the theme is bad, he can do a good job. Regarding the others, I have been waiting for years for a good role or a good subject. But the pity is that nobody has come forward with an interesting project.

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  • What about Robert De Niro? You have been compared with him often.

    Yes I like him. I have seen all his movies, he is good.

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  • Who are your favourite actors in the international scene?

    All the actors and actresses in English movies impress one because they are all natural. I like all the top-of-the-line actors.

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  • Do you try to learn from other performers, particularly those from abroad?

    I do watch movies from abroad, but never with an intention to adopt their style. There is a lot of difference between our style of film making and theirs. The styles cannot be compared.

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  • You seem to truly live the characters you play. For example the roles you played in ``Kireedam'' and ``Spadikam'' looked extremely convincing. Do you work on the characters before enacting them?

    No, it just happens. An actor gets a very limited period of time in front of the camera, from ``Action to Cut'' during which he is under tremendous pressure. He has to fit into the technical requirements of film-making. He has to catch light, should not move away from the frame, ignore thousands of on-lookers staring at him and then synchronise with his co-actors or actresses. For instance, during the shooting of ``Spadikam,'' there were more than 20,000 onlookers. It is a real problem. If you study it and then act the role, everything will flounder. Good acting just happens. And personally I don't think one needs to work on the character unless one plays a historical character.

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  • Was working with Mani Rathnam any different?

    I have done my best and he, his best. Mani and I had been planning to do a film together for quite some time. We had worked together 12 years back in a Malayalam movie called ``Unaroo.'' ``Iruvar'' is a well-made movie using the grammar of cinema effectively. No ingredients were added to make it a commercial hit.

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  • Was working with Mani Rathnam any different?

    I have done my best and he, his best. Mani and I had been planning to do a film together for quite some time. We had worked together 12 years back in a Malayalam movie called ``Unaroo.''

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  • How was the experience of acting in ``Iruvar''?

    I am natural in all my movies, ``Iruvar'' was no exception. But as an actor, it offered me an entire life-span of a character. It had a lot of variations.

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  • How do you maintain friendly relations equally with Narendra Modi and Pinarayi Vijayan?

    I don’t have any political motives; neither do I stand with any particular political ideology. I believe that they are honest and credible people who worked hard to reach the top positions so that they can do great things. I have great respect for them. They too realize the incredible reverence that I have for them. This, and not my political ideals, is what drew them closer to me. I have already told that I wish to pursue great minds and draw them closer to me.

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  • How do you maintain friendly relations equally with Narendra Modi and Pinarayi Vijayan?

    I don’t have any political motives; neither do I stand with any particular political ideology. I believe that they are honest and credible people who worked hard to reach the top positions so that they can do great things. I have great respect for them. They too realize the incredible reverence that I have for them. This, and not my political ideals, is what drew them closer to me. I have already told that I wish to pursue great minds and draw them closer to me.

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  • How do you maintain friendly relations equally with Narendra Modi and Pinarayi Vijayan?

    I don’t have any political motives; neither do I stand with any particular political ideology. I believe that they are honest and credible people who worked hard to reach the top positions so that they can do great things. I have great respect for them. They too realize the incredible reverence that I have for them. This, and not my political ideals, is what drew them closer to me. I have already told that I wish to pursue great minds and draw them closer to me.

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  • Are you worried about your son Pranav’s career in the movies?

    He isn’t worried about it; then why should I be. Appu’s world is mostly books and mountaineering. He enjoys living his life like this. Amidst all these, he enjoys doing movies as well. Appu lives without any wishes, just like me.

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  • Priyadarshan has once said, ‘Priyadarshan wouldn’t exist without Lal’. Sathyan Anthikad said, ‘My career changed after meeting Mohanlal’. What do you think about it?

    Such collaborations have happened in movies in all the languages. This is story telling; amazing stories could be shared between those who share closer bonds. They could see each other with more clarity. I have done some incredible roles with Sibi Malayil and Lohithadas. Directors Bharathan and Padmarajan gave me unique characters. I have reached where I am because of the amazing roles and blessings of many great filmmakers like IV Sasi, T Damodaran, Joshiy, Sreenivasan, Bhadran and Sasikumar. It’s just that I am not mentioning everyone’s names. I haven’t done a movie with Sathyan Anthikad since the last 12 years. There may be many reasons for that. However, I feel the warmth of inexplicable love when he says that he has kept aside a story just for me. Can you imagine what would have happened if Priyadarshan hadn’t given me movies like Thalavattom and Kaalapaani. For me, life is like a jungle where everyone grows in mutual love.

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  • Cinema is a haven of many beliefs and superstitions. However, none has seen you ever visiting a temple even during the time of the release of your movies.

    I am not someone who personally wishes to visit the temples to communicate with the Gods. I visited Guruvayur recently because lots of people began asking me why I hadn’t visited the temple for so long. I don’t believe faith is something that should be declared through constant visits to the temple. My beliefs dwell in my mind. It is I who experience the joy and pain of it. I don’t believe God is someone who exists only to grand our wishes.

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  • You have said that after your father lost memory, your mother used to hold his hands and take him to functions and feed him. What lessons do you learn from your mother?

    It is from your mother that you learn the first habits in your life. I may have felt that I should help others just as my mother had taken care of my father. I don’t do anything consciously. All the friendships in my life are the ones that I have sought or pursued. I didn’t earn their friendship waiting for them to come to me. I am someone who believes that you should pursue the good minds.

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  • Do you have any worries right now?

    I am sad that I am not near my mother. She is relaxing at our home in Kochi. I came here thinking that I could return in two days. I see and talk to her everyday through video calls. We cannot do anything about it, can we? Things like these aren’t anticipated by anyone.

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  • Do you feel any changes sitting at home for such long duration?...

    I can say whether something has changed only when I go outside. I have been strictly staying inside my house. Many of my colleagues are struggling during this time. I am really upset about it. The fact that I could spend so much time with my family, without bothering about anything else, is the small joy that I have amidst all these. I wake up in the morning, read the newspaper and then do some exercise.

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