Perhaps, there will come no time in the history of Keralites when they can be removed from the identity of Mohanlal.
The easy going villager/ country mouse turns to don Lal of the 80s.
The melancholic Lal of the 90s as he walks past a paddy in a dusky sun down frame of Sathiyan Anthikad or Padmarajan
The favourite Shajikailas or Renjith Mohanlal of the 2000s reclaiming his ancestral illam from his cold-blooded relatives or a childhood enemy.
The very same Mohanlal who becomes the astute household model of your favorite uncle when he gets drunk.
The multifolded mundu cladded Mohanlal who has normalised patriarchy in your household.
The utopian ideal of your mallu lover / man out of a Padmarajan frame - tender and loving yet regretful when he takes advances in love.
The very soulful reason for which a Malayali boy or girl stepped into the theatre for his first movie or the first time he /she bunked a class.
The sly smile, the wink and the dimples are part of a generation that has identified with Mohanlal and who have created an identify out of it.
Actors come and go, some stay but almost all of them with some exceptions have always started off with Mohanlals mannerisms, just because every other Malayali is looking for a Lal in them in us in everyone.
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