In 1986, Mohanlal wiped his tears and told his sister – ‘Inganeyonnumalla mole ninte kalyanam njan nadathaan agrahichirunnathu’ in ‘T.P Balagopalan M.A’. When he handled the emotional scenes in a beautifully restrained manner , he was rewarded with his first Kerala State Award and a record for the youngest actor to win the same at that time.
In 1986, Mohanlal bashed up the bad guys, carried off the underworld don with utmost conviction and delivered the dialogues with maturity and grace in the action thriller –‘Rajavinte Makan’. Both the media and audience found it more than enough to anoint him the next Superstar. As for the iconic “My number is 2255“, it lived on forever.
In 1986, Mohanlal told Shaari –‘Namuku gramangalil chennu rapaarkam‘ in Padmarajan’s romantic classic ‘Namuku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal’ and a proposal scene has never been so beautiful after.
In 1986, Mohanlal played characters who did not know English or Hindi in‘ Gandhinagar Second Street’ , ‘ Mazha Peyyunnu Madhalam Kottunnu’ and ‘Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam’. But years later, we still keep laughing to his ‘Hum ghoorka hoon, hain, hein’, kilomoters and kilometers’ or ‘ Book is beautiful..’
In 1986, he also left us in shock when Sunny’s demise came at such an expected point in ‘Sukhamo Devi’
By the end of 1986 after the kind of characters Mohanlal had done, both audience and the filmmakers stood up and took notice of this talent. They now knew that he could carry an action movie entirely on his shoulders and so did he look original on-screen when romancing heroines. They were now aware of the impeccable comic timing of this actor and that he could also tug at your heartstrings in the emotional scenes. They also realized that there was no better person who could play ‘the guy next door’ roles so effortlessly.In 1986, the ‘Superstar’ was born and so was a talented actor.
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