- Mohanlal went on to won state championship in wrestling
- Audition for his debut movie made him shed the dream of becoming a national champion
- But this sport has helped him a lot in his filmy career
Can you imagine Mohanlal in any other profession? But the actor had other dreams than becoming an actor, and he was good at it!
Can you guess what the profession would be? He would have been a wrestler. Yes, his fight moves are perfect even after so many years because of his training as a wrestler.
Mohanlal was the state champion in wrestling in 1977-78. Even before becoming a state champion, he has won many matches. However, after the state championship, he was selected for the national championship scheduled to be held in new Delhi.
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.
Mohanlal was given the honour for his contribution to making the sport popular in Kerala. Even 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 full of action.
Thus, Mohanlal might not have become a professional wrestler. But his love and mastered the sport has helped him look natural in the fight scenes.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:03 PM IST