I have nothing to prove in Bollywood: Mohanlal

AT A TIME when young stars from the South are eyeing Bollywood, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal feels that although the reach of Hindi cinema is wider, he has nothing to prove here as an actor.

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Published: Wed 18 Apr 2012, 7:59 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:54 PM

Mohanlal made his acting debut in in 1978 with Thiranottam but the film was never released due to censor issues. Later, in 1980, he got to play the antagonist in his first release Manjil Virinja Pookkal when he was 20. He went on to do several such roles in various movies before establishing himself as a lead actor.

It was after the success of his 1986 film, Rajavinte Makan, that he was labelled a superstar of Malayalam cinema.

“I have been working for 33 years there, what should I come and prove (myself) in the Hindi industry? I am content with my own language. If I get a good and irresistible role, only then will I do a film here. I don’t want to prove anything,” Mohanlal said.

“A lot of actresses try to do Hindi films as the reach is greater. For actors like me the South is fine,” the 51-year-old said.

In 2002, Mohanlal played the role of a police officer in his first Bollywood movie Company. He even won the IIFA star screen award for the best supporting actor in the Ram Gopal Varma directed movie.

Again in RGV’s Aag, a remake of Sholay, Mohanlal played the role of Narasimham, a cop with a vendetta against the criminal Babban Singh played by Amitabh Bachchan. The movie, however, bombed at the box office.

Mohanlal will soon be seen in Priyadarshan’s action-thriller Tezz alongside Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Kangana Ranuat, Zayed Khan and Sameera Reddy.

“Unknowingly again, I am playing a police officer. But the placement of the role is very critical in the film. I feel it is one of the best films of Priyan. This is my third film with Ajay Devgn,” he said.



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