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.