The lock down constraints did not prevent the film fraternity and Mohanlal fans from celebrating the actors 60th birthday on Thursday in a big way.
Several actors posted photographs and videos on their facebook profile wishing the versatile actor ‘shastipoorthi’ (60th birthday) while All Kerala Mohanlal Fans & Cultural Welfare Association, which has members and units across Kerala was engaged in charity works providing food and other commodities to orphanages and poor people.
Mohanlal, who got stuck in the lock down due to COVID-19 in his Chennai home, expressed his disappointment as he could not meet his aging mother who is presently put up at his house in Kochi.
The actor who came on a news channel live for an interview through a video call was spotting a long beard which he grew for 'Marakkar', a period movie based on the life of Kunjali Marakkar the naval chieftain of the Samoothiri in 16th century, which is awaiting release after lockdown.
Lal has now completed more than 350 films which also include Tamil,Telugu and Hindi flicks.
“I thank everyone who has praised and criticized me over the years. I also thank people for putting up with me. I know several people are suffering and are in pain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am hopeful that with god’s grace we will overcome the challenge and normalcy will return. As in other sectors, the film Industry is also going through a rough patch now,” actor said.
Mammootty's 'Ente Lal' Video
Superstar Mammootty posted a 3-minute video on facebook page wishing Lal on the occasion his 60th birthday and titled it ‘ente Lalinu’ (formy Lal).
He called Mohanlal a ‘magical’ and a 'great’ actor.
“Lal calls me ‘Ichakka’, like my brothers address me. We have a38-year-long friendship and we first met on the sets of ‘Padayottam’(A 1982 film in which both the actors were first cast together). Ial ways feel overwhelmed with joy when Lal calls me ‘Ichakka’. We enjoyed our early acting days like college students. But, like students preparing hard during examination days, we were very serious about our acting and that (hard work) has made us superstars now,”Mammootty said.
“Lal was on the forefront of preparations during the weddings of my daughter and son. He also took his son ‘appu’ (Pranav Mohanlal) to seek my blessings before the shoot began for his (appu’s) debut movie.Both of us have flowed like a river and blown like a breeze,”Mammootty said in his video.
Starting from ‘Padayottam’, both superstars have shared the screen inas many as 55 flicks till now.
Actor par excellence : Pinarayi
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on his official facebook page conveyed his wishes to Mohanlal by calling him an actor with unmatchable talent.
“I wish Mohanlal good health and more success in his acting career. He has mesmerized cinema goers with his acting, demean our and voice. Lal has proved his creative brilliance and has also shown his social commitment by contributing Rs 50 lakhs to Chief Minister’s relief fund(during for COVID-19 relief) and he had contributed similarly during the deluge as well (in 2018-19),” CM said in his FB post which alsohas a photograph in which Mr Vijayan is seen sharing a light moment with the actor at a public event.
Veteran Director Fazil, who directed the debut movie of Mohanlal ‘Manjil Virinja Pookkal’ said on a special programmed telecast in view of actors 60th birthday on a news channel that Lal was ‘not only a complete actor but also a complete human being who deeply cares for others.
“When I was undergoing treatment for cancer, Lal backed me up with his emotional support and I wish he lives for 100 years and let me bealive as well to witness that,” said actor and former member ofParliament Innocent in his typical funny style.
Kottayam Nazeer posted a video on FB in which he was seen unveiling a painting of Mohanlal’s and wishing the actor on his birthday. Lal’s close companion and producer of his several movies, Antony Perumbavoor, who is presently at his house in Perumbavoor, too conveyed him birthday wishes.
“All Kerala Mohan lal Fans & Cultural Welfare Association members provided food to several poor people, tribals, orphanages and old age homes in all the fourteen districts of Kerala in view of Lalettan’s 60th birthday,” said state functionary of the association V S Shibin.
He said the association raised funds for such activities and charity work through contributions from several thousands of its members who were spread across the length and breadth of Kerala.
All the different units of the association also made it a point tomake videos using clippings of Mohanlal's movies to wish their dear actor on his 60th birthday and posted them on social media.
“We provided lunch for nearly 500 inmates including kids and old people at Divya hruday Ashram at Chennaipara near Peechi as a part of birthday celebrations,” Abhilash T C, a functionary of Thrissur Unitof the association said.