1. Mohanlal made his acting debut in ‘Thiranottam’ in 1978, but the film got delayed by 25 years due to censorship issues.
2. In 2001, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, for his contributions to Indian cinema.
3. He has won four National Film Awards, six Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor and eight Filmfare Awards for Best Actor.
4. In 2009, he became the first and only actor to receive the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army of India.
5. In 2012, he was bestowed with an honorary Black belt in Taekwondo by Kukkiwon, the world Taekwondo headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.
He is the first and only South Indian actor to get the title.
6 . He married Suchitra, daughter of Tamil film producer K. Balaji, on 28 April, 1988.
Mohanlal later mentioned in an interview that Suchitra used to send him cards because she wanted to marry him. Their horoscopes did not match at first, but later it was found that the astrologer erred.
7 . Mohanlal has started several business ventures related to film production and distribution, restaurants and packaged spices, to name a few.
He owns Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainment (P) Ltd., a Malayalam film distribution company; and Vismayas Max, a film post-production studio and college for dubbing artists at Kinfra Film and Video Park, Trivandrum.
8. In 2008, Mohanlal underwent 18 months training to become an escape artist under the famous magician, Gopinath Muthukad.
He had planned to perform a stunt called Burning Illusion in Thiruvananthapuram but the act was cancelled for being extremely dangerous.
9. Mohanlal won the Kerala state wrestling championship in 1977-78.
Mohanlal is a professional wrestler. No wonder the actor performs so well in action scenes in films.
10. Between 1982 and 1988 a film of his was released every 15 days.
Mohanlal and Mammootty used to act in the majority of films released in the 1980s. Mohanlal had 34 releases in 1986.
11. Mohanlal acted in a silent film called ‘Reflections’.
He was the lead actor in Bijoy Nambiar’s ‘Reflections’. It was released in 2005 and the total running time of the film was 9.21 minutes.
12. Mohanlal’s ‘Guru’, a fantasy film, was the first south Indian film selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars for nomination in the Best Foreign Film category.