Indian actor Mohanlal marked his silver jubilee in movies late last year. A rare weeklong celebration, including a mega stage show, to pay tribute to his 25 years in cinema was held in Kerala, and a felicitation function was organised in the Poojapura area where the actor grew up.

By Ilyas Qureshi

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Published: Wed 14 Jan 2004, 1:27 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:41 AM

Now, Dubai is all set to continue the celebrations with ‘Mohanlal 25 Masala Mix', the film festival screening 25 Malayalam and Tamil hits of the veteran actor.

Presented by Mohanlal's Taste Buds, the actor's concept restaurant, the film festival starts today at Al Nasr Cinema in Dubai and runs until February 20. Entrance to the festival is free and admission is by invitations only. One film is being screened on Wednesdays while two each over the weekends.

Speaking at a Press conference in Dubai recently, the star thanked his ardent fans and well wishers for their support, which, he said, encourages him to perform better. Though he feels his best is yet to come he will continue with his quest to serve the industry in the best possible manner.

Mohanlal's talent and his ability to get under the skin of each character that he portrays has endeared him to audiences. This event will just try to touch upon some of the glimpses of this veteran star's work over the past 25 years. Speaking on the occasion Ravi Narayan, general manager, Strategic Marketing Services commented, "It is our endeavour to showcase the good work done by the film fraternity, to their fans in the UAE, hence the event," he said.

Mohanlal, made his debut with the film, Thiranottam. Since then, he has enthralled filmgoers in more than 250 movies till date. At home equally in serious and comic roles, Mohanlal captured the imagination of the audience in such diverse roles as the tortured Kathakali artiste caught between reality and myth in Vanaprastham or the simple jobless youth in Nadodikkatu. Mohanlal's National Award winning performance came in Vanaprastham for which he did a six-month crash course in 'Kathakali' to get the mudras and the eye movements right. He is also a winner of countless state awards for Best Actor, three-time National Award winner, as well as a Padmashri awardee. The year 2001 saw him don a different role when he blazed across the Delhi stage in a Sanskrit production of Karnabharam at the National School of Drama's annual festival. The film festival will open with the Tamil film Iruvar.

Show timings are 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesdays and 1.30 and 4.30pm on Thursdays and 4.30pm on Fridays. The event is co-coordinated in the UAE by Signature Events.

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