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Mammotty Mohanlal rivalry

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Rivalry between these two are famous in Malayalam movie world, yet Mohanlal and Mammootty claim that they are best friends. A peek at their record gives an interesting look at their parallel careers.

  • Both had their career started in 1980
  • Both acted together for first time in 1981 – Oothikaachiya Ponnu.
    Mohanlal was the villain in the movie.
  • Come 1982, in the movie Padayottam Mammootty acted as Mohanlal’s father, and his role had negative shades where as Mohanlal had a positive role.
  • These two have acted together in nearly 50 movies.
  • At one point of time these two along with IV Sasi and Seema had launched an independent banner – Casino.
  • In 1989 Mohanlal bagged National Award jury’s special award for his role in Kireedam.
    Same year Mammootty got his National Award for Best Actor for his performance in Mathilukal and Oru Vadakkan Veera Gatha.
  • Later in 1991 Mohanlal got his Best actor National award for his role in Bharatham.
  • Mammootty got his second Best Actor’s National award in 1994 for his roles in Vidheyan and Ponthan Mada.
    Mohanlal got his second award in 1999 for Vanaprastham
  • Mammootty got his Padma Shri award in 1998
    Mohanlal was not far behind – he was honoured with Padmashri in 2001
  • Mammooty got his third National award in 2000 for his role in and as Dr.Ambedkar.
  • No points for guessing Mohanlal’s next award.

    20 Comments

    1. How old are the two of them now?

    2. madman,

      Mohanlal was born in 1960 and Mammotty in 1953 (based on the wikipedia entries)

    3. Mammootty is a far better actor than Mohanlal! He is a great Method actor! Mohanlal is there only bcos of his dialogues!

    4. Vinod TG, Mohanlal’s hit movies like His Highness Abdullah, Dasharatham, Chitram and Bharatam did not have “punch-line” dialogues.

    5. maybe vinod t.g is a mammotty fan.thats why he said like tht.But please mind your words ok.Both are great actors,eventhough most still feels that Lal stil has a definite edge over mammootty.The sheer range of Lal in excelling in any character makes him unique.he can adapt to any situation.Recently mammotty has started showing his flexibility to comedy.However he is far behind when the sheer effortless ease with which lal maintains his character.
      It will be better not to compare them .Instead, relish the powerful movies of both.Comparing between two greats like them or Agassi-Sampras or Tendulkar-Lara is never fair.it will not do any good.

    6. Mr vinod,mohanlal is there only with his dialogues??.[Abusive language edited – Ed]

      Please go and see movies like Kireedam,Vaanaprastham,Thanmathra,Bharatham,Namukku paarkkan munthirithooppukal.Then decide whether lal is here for his dialogues.I respect your admiration for mammooty.he too is a great actor.[Abusive language edited – Ed]

    7. Even now i will say that mammooty cannot do comedy roles.Everyone is saying he has done in rajamanikyam. Yes..But there is already a comedian in that character…I Mean that the Character Bellari is a comedy character in the script itself. Mammooty used the Comedy of that character. But in midhunam movie the character is already a serious one…In that only because of mohanlal’s ability to act comedy he carved that character of serious with bit comedy.

    8. Mammooty is definitely a great actor but recet times i rate him as surviving on colourful comic roles that were supposed to be done by someone like dileep( eg: thuruppugulan, mayavi, rajamanickam) Once or twice mammootty experimenting comedy is appreciative. But a senior actor like him, from whom we expect quality roles like Oru vadakkan veera gadha, pappayude swantham appoos, vatsalyam etc: etc: we expect much mmuch more than the dileep class movies.
      Definitely Mohanlal is having a clear edge over mammooty as he is the most versatile actor in India who is maturing with age. He is unparallel in film industry.

    9. Mammooty is definitely a great actor but recet times i rate him as surviving on colourful comic roles that were supposed to be done by someone like dileep( eg: thuruppugulan, mayavi, rajamanickam) Once or twice mammootty experimenting comedy is appreciative. But a senior actor like him, from whom we expect quality roles like Oru vadakkan veera gadha, pappayude swantham appoos, vatsalyam etc: etc: we expect much mmuch more than the dileep class movies.
      Definitely Mohanlal is having a clear edge over mammooty as he is the most versatile actor in India who is maturing with age. He is unparallel in film industry.

    10. ” At one point of time these two along with IV Sasi and Seema had launched an independent banner – Casino. ”

      I think Casino produced Sathyan Anthikad’s ‘Nadodikkattu’.

      I think the reason why Mammootty got one more National Award
      for Best Actor was due to the fact that Mammootty was offered
      more art-house films in which he had good characters to play.

    11. hey , stop!
      both of them were good actors.but they are not so.Now they are acting either for money or for keeping their status!! just some stupid stories that make no sense at all!!!!A VERY WASTE OF TIME!!!!!!!!

    12. Mammootty’s style of acting is impersonation and he is very good at that style, and is evident from dramatic characters like Chanthu in M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s ‘Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha’ or T.A.Shahid’s ‘Rajamanikyam’. We will not be able to find a trace of his original personality in those roles and some suggests that’s the sign of a good actor. (@ Vinod T.G. – Mammootty’s most celebrated characters are in the above films, and it’s sad that you didn’t find good dialogues in those.)

      On the other side, Mohanlal’s style of acting is very natural and he is very good, I must say, the best actor I’ve seen, who is capable of doing serious, comic or emotional characters naturally with ease. It’s disrespect to mention a few of the roles immortalized by him.

      To sum up, both of them are good actors Indian silver screen has ever got to endorse. You will hardly see superstardom and acting skills combined in one, other than in these two actors.

      @ Adil – Everyone in this world is living for money or any other self-interest. You will hardly find Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa in the present world.

      By the way, to add to the rivalry in film names also….
      1. Raavanaprabhu and Raakshasaraajavu released at the same time.
      2. Mr. Brahmachari released a few days ahead of Chronic Bachelor.
      3. Maadambi and Parunthu dealt with private financiers which were released a few days apart.
      4. Heard that ‘Alexander the Great’ and ‘Son of Alexander’ are in pipeline.

    13. Hi, I find mammootty is better actor than mohanlal. As of my knowledge only two directors (Fazil and Lohidhadas) from Mollywood had the courage to compare this two great actors they both made it clear that Mammootty is better than Mohanlal.

      Our great natural actor mohanlal’s personality and his mannerism is visible in his characters (I think that is one major factor behind the success of this man)

      In the other hand Mammootty’s characters never have the influence or ingredients of the person mammooty, In all his movies, he is entirely the character, which is clearly notable

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    14. To Rishi,
      I agree that in many mohanlal films his mannerism has been repeated but that is mainly in the commercial films of a particular category like priyadarshan comedies or some action films.But if u take his critically acclaimed movies it is not the case.Just watch his characters in Vanaprastham ,Vasthuhara,Bharatham ,Mukham and many such films u can easily feel it.

      Mammootty ofcourse is a great Actor;but his mannerisms are never different in a range of films for example take his cop movies,or his elder brother roles they just seem to come out of a common mould.

      I wonder if one could rate Mammootty a better actor than mohanlal.Because we all know his limitations(I am not telling about his comic timing or inability to dance).He had struggled to emote in certain roles clearly whereas Mohanlal i believe easily passes through the character he gets.Frankly i dont think as an actor Mohanlal has any limitations(except for his bulky figure and his aged looks where Mammootty easily beats him).

    15. I don’t know who between Mammutty and Mohan Lal is the better actor. Let me say Mohan Lal was born as an actor and he could not have taken up any other profession, while Mammootty could be a great medical doctor or a celebrated lawyer. When Lal is on screen, a bit of the real Lal pops up itself here and there. Mammootty can totally divorce himself from the real mammu, and live the character itself, be it Rajamanik(y)am or better, Ambedkar. Both are the greatest pride of mallus.

    16. Rishi@ see this clip when you get time, Fazil never said that mammooty is better than mohanlal, instead he said, mohanlal is more natural than mammooty, he also says that mammoty has limitations where lal doesnt have.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imk5Bl49_cU&feature=related

    17. Both are great actors..I think Mohanlal got many fans just because of his roles and the movies acted by him in early 90s..kilukkam,chithram etc..But i dont know whether any of you notice his interviews and all..he is really boring..he is well known as a womanizer also(parasyamaaya rahasyam!)But in that place mammotty is a gentleman..he know things about world and a more lively person..About Lal,every inch of his body can act..But mammootty improved by overcoming his limitations..the great plus point i saw in mammootty is his ability in using dialects..he can adapt well into any language..when he speak kottayam slang,or thrissur slang or tvm slang or malabar slang he can bring so much originality in that,,but Mohan lal is a complete failure in this..he cant speak many slangs and when he do it,it looks like an artificial thing..mammootty cant dance as lal do..In a way both are great in their own ways..But i personally prefer mammootty because of his neat and straight forawrd personality..and definitely mammootty has the charisma that an actor needed..

    18. yaa… i do agree with rehna…

    19. @vishak:i dont think mammooty has strained lyk d way u said or in any way in portraying his charcters…

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