I have nothing to prove in Bollywood: Mohanlal
At a time when young entrants from South are looking to make a strong presence in Bollywood, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal feels that although the reach of Hindi cinema is wider, he has nothing much to prove here as an actor.
Mohanlal made his acting debut in Malayalam cinema in 1978 with 'Thiranottam' but the film was never released due to censorship issues. Later in 1980 he got to play the lead antagonist in his first release 'Manjil Virinja Pookkal' at 20. Then, he went on to do several such roles in various movies before he established himself as a lead actor. It was after the success of his 1986 film, 'Rajavinte Makan', that he was labeled a superstar of Malayalam cinema.
"I am working for 33 years there, what should I come and prove in Hindi industry. I am content and happy with my own language. Now if I get a very good and irresistible role then I will try and do a film here. I don?t want to prove anything," Mohanlal told PTI. "Lot of people, most of the actresses start from South.. they are newcomers they are trying to do Hindi films as the reach is big. There are so many factors. For actors like me it is fine," the 51-year-old said.
In 2002, Mohanlal played the role of a police officer in his first Bollywood movie 'Company', which introduced him to the Hindi-speaking audience in India. He 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 the protagonist Narasimham, a cop with a vendetta against the criminal Babban Singh played by Amitabh Bachchan. The movie bombed at the box office. Ask him why he stayed away from Bollywood films even after being a superstar down South, he said, "I don?t know. Nothing like that." PTI