Mohanlal jamboree in June


The Indian superstar comes to Sydney for an evening of music, and here’s your chance to grab tickets

Mohanlal or Lalettan, as his South Indian fans address him, is one of the most decorated actors in the Indian film industry. With four National Film Awards, nine State Film Awards under his belt, and a Padma Shri (one of India’s highest civilian honours) to credit his versatility and acting prowess can be compared with the best in world cinema. During the shooting of Vanaprastham, an Indo-French coproduction in Malayalam, a French Technician said, “He is a man born in the wrong side of the world; if he was from the other country he would have already had an Oscar.”

“He is a man born in the wrong side of the world; if he was from the other country he would have already had an Oscar”

The actor is coming to Australia for the first time thanks to the efforts of Vipin Das Peter of VIP Events World Pty Ltd and Sathyaraj of Sathyam Events. These are two leading event management companies in Australia who are into film distribution too. The tickets for this mega event were launched on 10 December at the Oatlands Golf Club. While Peter gave the welcome address, the vote of thanks was proposed by Sathyaraj. The auspicious lighting of the lamp was done by Jacob Thomas, KP Jose, Jayanthi Murali and Viswan Kecheri. Jack Chemberikka, Jacob Thomas, KP Jose, Raman Krishnaiyer, Demal George and Ram Menon shared their excitement about the upcoming event, a dream come true for all. The ‘Mohanlal Star Nite 2018’ is being directed by G S Vijayan and choreographed by Biju Xaviour. Accompanying Mohanlal are singers, M G Sreekumar, Shreya Jayadeep, Prethi Warrier, actresses Pragya Martin and Meera Nandan and Hareesh Perumanna and his team. They are accompanied by an eight-member orchestra. So all Mohanlal fans out there, make sure you have booked yourself a seat for the 9 June 2018 show at the Quay Centre in Sydney Olympic Park.

More on the superstar. Mohanlal tasted success with his very first film, Manjil Virinja Pookal (1980). His portrayal of the negative protagonist gave the villainous character a new dimension. The 1990s saw Mohanlal at the pinnacle with memorable movies like His Highness Abdullah, Midhunam, Minnaram, Manichithrathazhu and Devasuram. His 1997 movie Guru was India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category.

Mohanlal’s influence on the masses is huge. His portrayal of Major Mahadevan in the 2006 movie, Keerthichakra, had such a resounding impact on the young minds that it motivated many youngsters to join the Indian Army. So much so that in 2009, he was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army, a first time for any movie star. Subsequently he acted in other movies like Kurukshetra and Kandahar.

Shot in danger prone areas, the movies depicted the life of the army personnel in the Valley. It is said that he survived the hostile terrain and the harsh weather with the other members of the crew. The famous movie producer, director and screenwriter says, “Lal never prepares for any role or scene. He is not bothered how he looks or what he does. Once the camera is on, he is a transformed person. As Lal does only one film at a time, he knows everything about the film.” And as Mani Ratnam says, Mohanlal has this amazing ability to be the character and not play the character.

It makes you want to see the star for yourself doesn’t it. The June show is your chance. I know I’m going to be there because I was the lucky one to get the first ticket for the show.

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