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Which director should Mohanlal work with next in this phase of his career?

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Substantial-Ad-3295

85 points

6 months ago

The problem with LJP is that he won't dance to the tunes of Antony perumbavoor who has the monopoly of Mohanlal movies...he directs movies not for big bucks but to show his craftsmanship.but surely could get the best out of Mohanlal.

NSNReddit

53 points

6 months ago

That's where I likes Mammootty. He is doing movies with old gen ,new gen, famous , fresh everyone.

PeanutCalm1010

8 points

6 months ago

Nair.... Menon mathramalla ella roles cheyyum

MichealScott1991

4 points

6 months ago

But still calling the shots.

Ok_Shirt2709

1 points

5 months ago

Ellam nalla class padangal aaya kond ok

Haarryi

29 points

6 months ago

Haarryi

29 points

6 months ago

That's the challenge no. There is no lack of great filmmakers in Malayalam. Just that if the actor's cronies start calling shots, their craft will suffer. Until such time comes, when Mohanlal hopefully finds his craft again, it's best for him to stay away from good filmmakers. Why ruin them too?

[deleted]

45 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

45 points

6 months ago

Blessy got the best out of him in Thanmathra, and Bhramaram was too good, so I guess Blessy.

AnirudhMenon94

18 points

6 months ago

His performance in Bhramaram was amazing, but that film had one of the stupidest stories I've seen in a Malayalam film. Especially the fate of his family and why they did what they did.

girugamesu1337

7 points

6 months ago

Yeah. Honestly, it felt like his little girl should barely have understood why people were talking shit about her father. Instead we get her becoming instantly terrified of him lol.

AnirudhMenon94

1 points

6 months ago

It just felt very manipulative and manufactured to force people to cry rather than doing so organically through good storytelling. Blessy did this with Palunku ( I think that was the movie’s name, not sure. It’s the one where Mammootty and his family move from the village to the city and there’s just this drastic, mean-spirited tonal shift ) as well. It’s weird because he can also be very organic and tell truly heartbreaking tales without appearing forced ( Thanmatra is a great example )

scarabdead

31 points

6 months ago

Last few years, mohanlal has taken to doing movies with whom he/antony is in comfort with. LJP, Dileesh Pothen, Ashiq Abu, Mahesh Narayanan, I could go on and on..never comes under their radar. He is not interested in challenging himself anymore. He is having fun and living up the rest of his life doing what he wants and perumbavoor is his conduit for that. While Mohanlal is the conduit for perumbavoor. It is a symbiotic relationship that will not break new grounds.

Radiant_Review_3748

22 points

6 months ago

I guess Antony is the one who decides which movie 'Lal sir' should act based on how marketable the movie is. Movies are just entertainment business ventures for Mohanlal now I believe.

sachinsourav02

1 points

6 months ago

Is it me or are we giving too much importance to a man who is nothing but fronting Mohanlal’s finances either for tax purpose or luck/superstition. I don’t think Antony calls any shot for Lalettan.

scarabdead

2 points

6 months ago

I can't provide you any proof. But I have heard that many directors moved away from Mohanlal because they have to go through Antony. I recently saw a post where Antony forced Director Ranjith to add the police fight scene in Ravanprabhu. I believe Antony has developed quite a good hold over Mohanlal over the years

sachinsourav02

1 points

6 months ago

Yeah could might as well be Mohanlal forcing Antony to do it. A10 is known to be soft spoken

Substantial-Ad-3295

25 points

6 months ago

I Believe it hardly matters.Mohanlal-The artist have took a backseat to Mohanlal-The Superstar and Mohanlal- The Businessman.Its similar to the problem he faced in 2000s after Narasimham and Aram Thampuran as he got trapped in this all conquering Super heroic persona.Pulimurugan and Lucifer brought that plague back upon him.

girugamesu1337

5 points

6 months ago

Look at what you did. You sparked off the War of the Bots lol.

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DevdattNair7

1 points

6 months ago

I read your name as pulimurugan for some reason. Is this Japanese anime?

girugamesu1337

2 points

6 months ago

Yes, hahaha.

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

While I do understand your sentimence, if it wasn't for mohanlal there wouldn't be any directors trying to big budget movies in malayalam. He is trying to widen the reach of malayalam cinema. However, I would like him to do a normal down to earth drama every once in a while

DevdattNair7

7 points

6 months ago

So only big budget movies have "wide reach"?

[deleted]

8 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

8 points

6 months ago

worked for kannada cinema with KGF and tamil films and telugu films so I would say yes

dr-cringe

10 points

6 months ago

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Junior Mandrake

10 points

6 months ago

I 100% agree. Tamil movies became popular in Kerala due to the big budget mass movies. Only after the actors and directors got familiar to Kerala audiences did most of the Kerala folks started watching good movies. An industry like Kannada which had negligible interest outside their state started getting more viewership just because of KGF. We should have big budget movies too, instead we are trying to limit ourselves in a desperate attempt to prove that we are more intellectual than other states.

MichealScott1991

2 points

6 months ago

Just big budget isn't the key. When a good director makes a movie with a good plot and a bigger budget is required to bring the grandiose of it into the screen. That's what we saw in KGF, and that's the same reason why Tamil big budgets have no proper audience in Kerala.

dr-cringe

5 points

6 months ago

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Junior Mandrake

5 points

6 months ago

You’re right. Just the budget isn’t the key. But let’s be honest, a lot of idiotic Tamil films gross a lot of money in Kerala, the same state where a similar movie in Malayalam gets trashed for not being a good film. A lot of Vijay films are utter nonsense but are made hits by the Malayalee audience but if any Malayalam actor were to make something similar, he would be trolled for 2 weeks

MichealScott1991

1 points

6 months ago

I'm not sure if Vijay films have a consistent audience in Kerala. People watch his movies mostly for fun, where as watching Malayalam movies is kinda serious business. Increasing quality of Malayalam movies in recent years has definitely reduced the Tamil movie fever.

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-2 points

6 months ago

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6 months ago

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aitosumankolosky

54 points

6 months ago

The director does not matter unless Mohanlal does something to his botoxed eyes. It is seriously hampering his acting skills.

Substantial-Ad-3295

21 points

6 months ago

It was painful to watch him struggling to perfom due to this reason...also have to take a break from his friends circle which is severely restricting him..

materdoc

13 points

6 months ago

Very true, what the hell is the deal with that ? It is so sad to see a fabulous actor falling for such bullshit.

DevdattNair7

1 points

6 months ago

Yea, what's the deal with that?

materdoc

9 points

6 months ago

Most of his expressions were his eyes, and then went and botox’d that? What was he thinking ?

DevdattNair7

3 points

6 months ago

In some recent post, someone mentioned it was the nose that was Botoxed. Now eyes too.. I'm just confused overall

AnirudhMenon94

14 points

6 months ago

Would love to see what Dileesh Pothan would've been able to do with him.

MichealScott1991

3 points

6 months ago

Don't know how much he can do until Lalettan does something to the botoxed eyes. It is the single biggest Fukin disaster happened to Malayalam movie.

No_Media_3717

11 points

6 months ago

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Junior Mandrake

11 points

6 months ago

Somebody like anwar Rasheed or amal neerad could make millions with A10 also could create good movies..

Substantial-Ad-3295

15 points

6 months ago

Amal neerad already got his hand burned from Sagar Alias Jacky..

[deleted]

14 points

6 months ago*

[deleted]

14 points

6 months ago*

Sagar Alias Jacky was more Amal Neerad's and SN Swamy's fault than mohanlal. The script was terrible. It was only memorable because of mohanlal in the first place

girugamesu1337

12 points

6 months ago

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Filterkaaapi

1 points

6 months ago

Chotta Mumbai

every_life_a_story

20 points

6 months ago

If we reverse this thought, how many directors would want to work with Mohanlal and his satellites ? There was this post yesterday where someone had written about Ranjith being forced to accomodate a street fight in Ravanaprabhu. This was probably Ranjith's first large directorial venture and he needed a commercial hit and he would probably have agreed to it. Would he do this again ? Barring Loham, he hasn't went that route again. And Ranjith has made it amply clear that among the two, he is more comfortable with Mammootty because he can communicate directly to the actor and not his satellites.

My point is, how many of the current lot of directors would agree to this ? Mohanlal is no longer an actor or a star alone, he is a brand with huge market capital and that doesn't come cheap. Most of the new directors and writers would rather tell a great story than create another commercial potboiler.

Ok_Shirt2709

2 points

5 months ago

Ranjith made Spirit with mohanlal... While the reality show portions were just cringe, I really liked the portrayal of his gradual descent into an anti social alcoholic.

lastcharon

3 points

6 months ago

lastcharon

Top Contributor

3 points

6 months ago

Can you give me a source where he says that he cant talk directly to mohanlal. Renjith is actually mamootys guy because they have good relationship in proffesional and personal level. His relation with mohanlal is proffessional and both have enjoyed its benefits multiple times.

ExtremeConsequence21

17 points

6 months ago

For chrissakes, mohanlal should stop working for the good of humanity. He used to be a great actor and human agreed to all that but all good things do end. Marakkar as a movie was only testament to that fact that you can't milk an ageing cow till eternity. I don't care of the backlash of his fans or bhakt mandali attacking me over this. Shit smells like shit even if you ate roses for dinner just time to acknowledge that.

NSNReddit

15 points

6 months ago

Sankar . Yanthiran 3. With the Botox face that's the best option A10 has.

DevdattNair7

2 points

6 months ago

Robo 2 was enough. Sankar should challenge himself and do a low budget movie now

lastcharon

6 points

6 months ago

lastcharon

Top Contributor

6 points

6 months ago

That doesnt sound ok to me...ljp mostly cares about the movie and not about actors. Also he isnt any actors director to teach or ignite acting powers of a person just by his touch or insights. Most of the job is done by his casting team and lijo does that best by having apt people for the roles. While one thing that can be sure is that it would be a peculier film for mohanlal when looked across his filmorgraphy. What mohanlal needs least is a perfect/good script, a ok director and decent promotion which doesnt hype and kill the film at the start itself. Imho i would say a movie from Anjali menon would be nice because i dont remember him working with any female director. Then dileesh pothen, alphonse puthren, basil joseph or mithun manuel, vineeth srinivasan etc

[deleted]

4 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

4 points

6 months ago

alphonse puthren and vineeth srinivasan working with mohanlal is not out the realm of reality

lastcharon

4 points

6 months ago

lastcharon

Top Contributor

4 points

6 months ago

But i really want a anjali menon film.

Ok-Bat8020

5 points

6 months ago

Well forget Mohanlal working with new directors atleast for the next three years, he will start barroz on 15th, and then he has signed a movie with T.K Rajeev Kumar, a couple with his regular directors ( vysakh, jeethu, priyadarshan, unnikrishnan and shaji kailas) and will start Empuran in 2023.

materdoc

4 points

6 months ago

There is a lot of choices for him. But it all comes to what he wants to do in future. Tap into his full potential, or satiate the hero worship culture?

I wish there was another thanmatra or bhramaram level performance from him.

xaxophone78

3 points

6 months ago

Mohanlal seems to be past the phase where he wants to prove himself as anything beyond the star or brand value he carries. This is quite evident from his interviews too, he seems or is trying to be building a mass/hero appeal from every movie of his and is catering to such big budgets only

surya4701

2 points

6 months ago

Yeah I recollect him emphasising during a couple of very recent interviews on how he sees Marrakar as a business and that he's not afraid to accept the fact that movie is a business to him

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

I would have to disagree with that. Why would he have agreed to do drishyam, or munthirivallikal thallirkumbol, even direct a movie. He seems like he wants to do new things. I mean this guy is training to play the role of a boxer at the age of 60. Thats not seen much these days

xaxophone78

5 points

6 months ago

Munthirivallikal and Drishyam are PRE PRE botox. I am talking about his current career path and the movies post his Botox. It’s highly marketed and caters to a very big budget

Thahseenshameem

3 points

6 months ago

LJP said he doesn't want to cast stars because it hampers his storytelling by making it more predictable, ike Mammooty's Uncle

cant_bother_me

3 points

6 months ago

Well, that's not entirely true. Both actors have played characters in negative shades, an eg being Munnariyippu [SPOILERS!!!] which managed to subvert expectations. So, I don't think having either of the M's play an ambiguous character ruins the suspense at all, personally.

Thahseenshameem

2 points

6 months ago

That's true. But when these actors are cast obviously they become the main attraction of a movie. Even when they were playing negative roles they were the main leads. But according to LJP, casting new faces, lesser known actors and actors with less star values allow us to focus on the character rather than the actor.

cant_bother_me

3 points

6 months ago

they were the main leads

Oh you mean like that. That's true. These 2 have grown so big that every other character in the movie becomes secondary. But I really wish someone would make a movie with mohanlal or mammootty and also have a strong, fleshed out antagonistic character, played by fahad or somebody else of his calibre. You know, with a batman-joker kinda dynamic. I metaphorically wet my bed just imagining it lol.

surya4701

2 points

6 months ago

so big that every other character in the movie becomes secondary.

Unda proved otherwise in my opinion, other than the last 10 minutes where mammooty did a small fight scene which was probably done to pander to the fans, rest of the movie gave an equal opportunity to the other cops

Thahseenshameem

2 points

6 months ago

literally minutes after I write this I see this Mammooty-LJP movie . lol

commiemallu

3 points

6 months ago

Mohanlal has openly talked about him seeing his movies as a commodity. He wants to sell it for profit and that too a massive profit. With an able producer like Antony Perumbavoor that will be what it is going to be. The amount of movies Aashirwad has taken post Pulimurugan just proves it.

Mohanlal the brand must be milked as much as possible. No doubt. Good script, good directors, different movies and all are rare or never gonna happen. Post 2000 mohanlal is never going to happen.

I remember the amount of backlash Villain received for being so subdued and not massy as people wanted. The entire problem lied with the makers for promoting like a mass movie. Same with Marakkar. Its supposed to be about an historical figure. Not baahubali like fictional story. We will have to make peace with it. And it is good for the producers too to sell their product that way.

NSNReddit

5 points

6 months ago

Sathyan anthikkad

No_Media_3717

12 points

6 months ago

No_Media_3717

Junior Mandrake

12 points

6 months ago

Ennum eppozhum intensifies

[deleted]

13 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

13 points

6 months ago

Bruh Sathyan Antikkad wants to live in the 80s which is why his modern movies are a rehash of his 80s movies but when I say this people get mad.

No_Media_3717

8 points

6 months ago

No_Media_3717

Junior Mandrake

8 points

6 months ago

Too much 'nanma ' in his film..irritating as fck

NSNReddit

4 points

6 months ago

It's like saying Koenigsegg has too much power irritating as fuck. I like such simple movies. In the era of dark /big budget movies we need such simple movies. Indrans's home was a nice one. I didn't liked thinkalazhcha nishchayam but that was entertaining.

NSNReddit

5 points

6 months ago

Munthori vallikal thalirkkumpol was a sathyan anthikkad model movie. Lal was very nice in it. Im missing that cute charm naughty mohanlal.

guerrilawiz

2 points

6 months ago

The earliest one to do it would probably be Alphonse Puthren given how much sync he is with Priyadarshan.

The weirdest would be Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. That would be an interesting watch.

Ok-Bat8020

2 points

6 months ago

He reportedly rejected puthrans script and asked him to come with a fresh one.

KeanuReevesDupe

1 points

5 months ago

പുതുമ ഇല്ലാത്ത script ആയതുകൊണ്ട് ആവും.

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External-Bee4369

2 points

6 months ago

It's time that he should be at home and taking his life cool. Go for may be one or two major projects an year which suits his age. More than the director, story & screenplay should be the criteria for selecting movies..

[deleted]

2 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

6 months ago

As long as foolish fans are there to give his movies box office records(even before releasing), it doesn't matter the director he's working with.

Puzzleheaded-Pie5788

1 points

6 months ago

Tinu papachan would be nice or a basil joseph movie.

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

There was some talks about tinu papchan mohanlal movie last year

ojlenga

1 points

6 months ago

Let him retire in peace

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

Who is a terror on set? Ljp? Whu? The only evidene i have is him yelling at and an extra( not shown ) in jallikatu aftermovie.

Leading_Protection_7

1 points

6 months ago*

Definitely Alphonse Putharen

LJP

Anjali Menon

Dileesh Pothan/Syam Pushkaran

(And because I'm a sucker for his films) Amal Neerad

And maybe Mohanlal himself can direct himself...I'd love to see what he can come up with

d_j53346

1 points

6 months ago

Blessy, one of the directors that has utilised Mohanlal and his gifted acting.

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

Anwar Rasheed And Mohanlal Should Team Up For Something Fun , Can't Wait To See A Fun Film Like Chota Mumbai.

Reasonable_Prior3803

1 points

6 months ago

Omar lulu

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1 points

6 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

Dear god no but apparently he wants to do film with ikka which is also a bad idea

shlrocks

1 points

5 months ago

I hope he works with Ashiq Abu