Mohanlal has proved that age is just a number several times. He is one of the fittest actors in the Malayalam film industry. Today the legend turned 60.

Can you guess what profession Mollywood superstar Mohanlal would have chosen if he was not an actor?

Well, he would have been a wrestler. Yes, his fight moves are perfect even after so many years because he is a trained wrestler.

Mohanlal was the state champion in wrestling in 1977-78. Even before becoming a state champion, he won many matches. However, after the state championship, he was selected for the national championship scheduled to be held in New Delhi.

How Mohanlal became an actor?

Just before leaving for the championship, Mohanlal got a call for the audition of Manjil Virinja Pookkal. Mohanlal decided to attend the audition and gave the national championship a miss.

Director Fasil instantly decided to cast Mohanlal for his movie, and his fate was sealed with this. As success followed him, Mohanlal did not think again about having a career in his favourite sport.

However, decades later, his love for the sport was recognised by the Taekwondo Federation of India. He was given the honourary ‘Black Belt title in Taekwondo. Thus, Mohanlal is the third Indian after actor Shah Rukh Khan and Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla to receive such an honour.

Mohanlal was given the honour for his contribution to making the sport popular in Kerala. Many of his films are action oriented and even in the recent blockbuster movie Pulimurugan he has shown that he is still fit and can carry out action sequences with ease.

Joshi's Naduvazhikal, Bhadran's Spadikam, Amal Neerad's Sagar Alias Jacky, Shaji Kailas's Aaraam Thampuran, Priyadarshan's Aryan, B Unnikrishnan's Mr Fraud, Sangeeth Sivan's Yoddha, P Anil's Douthyam and many more are filled with action sequences.

Thus, Mohanlal might not have become a professional wrestler, but his love and mastery in the sport has helped him look natural in fight scenes.