Pranav Mohanlal

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Pranav Mohanlal
Pranav Mohanlal.jpg
Born (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 31)
Alma mater University of New South Wales
Occupation
  • Actor
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2002; 2009
2015–present
Parent(s) Mohanlal
Suchitra Balaji
RelativesVismaya Mohanlal (sister)
K. Balaji (grandfather)
Suresh Balaje (uncle)
Awards Kerala State Film Awards

Pranav Mohanlal (born 13 July 1990) is an Indian film actor, singer, and songwriter, who works in the Malayalam-language film industry. The son of actor Mohanlal, he began acting as a child with a minor role in his father's film Onnaman (2002), followed by a leading role in Punarjani in the same year, for which he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist. He then decided to take a break from acting to focus on his studies. After that he kept a distance away from cinema and was not keen on returning to pursue acting anytime soon. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of New South Wales.

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Pranav returned to films in 2015 as an assistant director to Jeethu Joseph and worked in two films Papanasam and Life of Josutty . He appeared in the leading role in the 2018 film Aadhi , directed by Jeethu, which emerged as one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. He won the SIIMA Award for Best Debut Actor for the role. He also debuted as a singer-songwriter with the film by writing, singing and performing the song "Gypsy Women".

Early life and background

Pranav Mohanlal was born on 13 July 1990 [1] in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India as the son of actor Mohanlal and Suchitra Balaji. He has a younger sister, Vismaya Mohanlal. His maternal-grandfather is the Tamil film producer K. Balaji and uncle Suresh Balaje is also a producer. Pranav completed his schooling staying in a boarding school, the Hebron School in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. [2] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of New South Wales in Australia. [3] Pranav maintains a low-profile lifestyle. [4] [5] He is also known for avoiding the media. He explained: "I don't hate media. It is just that I believe that people have nothing to gain from [knowing] my personal life". [6]

Film career

Pranav with Ani IV Sasi in 2018 Pranav Mohanlal and Ani I V Sasi.jpg
Pranav with Ani IV Sasi in 2018

Pranav made his screen debut in 2002, appearing in a minor role in the action crime drama Onnaman , starring his father Mohanlal and directed by Thampi Kannanthanam. He played the childhood of his father's character Ravisankar. In the same year, he acted in his first leading role in Punarjani , a drama directed by Major Ravi and Rajesh Amanakara. He played Appu, a troubled child who ran away from home thinking his parents love his younger brother more than him. His performance earned him the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist. After that, he took a break to concentrate on his studies. [7] After that he kept a distance away from film industry and was not keen on returning to pursue acting anytime soon. He was interested in books and travel more than cinema. [8] In between, he made a cameo appearance in a song in Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded in 2009. [9] Director Priyadarshan, who is also their family friend said in an interview: "He is a terrific actor. I have seen him act in plays in school and he was selected as the best actor too ... But now, he says he does not want to be [in] cinema". [10]

In 2014, Pranav began working as an assistant director under Jeethu Joseph in the Tamil film Papanasam (2015), starring Kamal Hassan. [11] He continued working as an assistant in Jeethu's subsequent film Life of Josutty (2015) before departing. In September 2016, it was announced that he would be returning as an actor in a film to be directed by Jeethu and produced by Aashirvad Cinemas. [12] The action-thriller titled Aadhi began principal photography in August 2017 and was released in January 2018. [13] He wrote, sang and performed the English song "Gypsy Women" in the film. Aadhi received positive response, particularly for Pranav's parkour stunt; the film was a commercial success grossing 35 crore in a month. [14] It was one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. [15] [16] His second film Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu directed by Arun Gopy and produced by Tomichan Mulakuppadam was released in 2019, receiving mostly negative reviews. [17] [18] He appeared in a guest role as young Kunjali Marakkar IV in the Priyadarshan-directed period film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham (2020) starring Mohanlal. [19] In 2020, he began filming Hridayam written and directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. [20]

Filmography

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YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2002 Onnaman RavisankarChild actor [21]
2002 Punarjani AppuChild actor - Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist [22]
2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded Teenager in the streetTeenage actor - Cameo appearance in song "Sagar Alias Jackie" [23]
2018 Aadhi Aadhithya "Aadhi" MohanDebut film [13]
2019 Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu Appu Malayalam film [18]
2021 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Dagger-14-plain.pngJunior Kunjali Marakkar IV Cameo appearance as junior Kunjali Marakkar IV [19]
2021 Hridayam Dagger-14-plain.pngTBAFilming [20]

As assistant director

YearTitleNotesRef.
2015 Papanasam Assistant director; Tamil film [24]
2015 Life of Josutty Assistant director; Malayalam film [25]

Discography

Accolades

Pranav won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2002 for his performance as a troubled child in the film Punarjani . [26] He won the Best Debut Actor award at the 8th South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) for the film Aadhi . [27]

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