Lal (actor)

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Born Paul Michael
(1958-12-02) 2 December 1958 (age 56)
Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation Screenwriter, actor, director, producer, distributor
Years active 1984 – present
Spouse(s) Nancy
Children Jean Paul Lal
Parent(s) M. A. Paul, Philomina
Awards National Film Awards
Special Jury – Actor (2012)
Kerala State Awards:
Best Popular Film (1991)
Best Actor (2008, 2013)

Paul Michael (2 December 1958), better known by his stage name Lal, is an Indian film director, actor, script writer, producer, and film distributor widely known for his work in Malayalam cinema.

He is best known for teaming up with Siddique under the shared name Siddique-Lal to make films such as Ramji Rao Speaking (1989), In Harihar Nagar (1990), Godfather (1991), Vietnam Colony (1992), and Kabooliwala (1994). The duo broke off afterwards but he produced Siddique's Hitler (1996) and Friends (1999) under his production company Lal Creations. Other films he has produced include Thenkasipattanam (2000), Kalyanaraman (2002), Chathikkatha Chanthu (2004), Thommanum Makkalum (2005), and Chanthupottu (2005).

Lal's debut as an actor came in 1997 when he played Paniyan in Jayaraj's Kaliyattam. He is known for his serious as well as comedic roles and has twice won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his roles in Thalappavu (2008) and Ayal and Zachariayude Garbhinikal (2013). After sixteen years, Lal returned to directing with sequels to In Harihar Nagar, 2 Harihar Nagar (2009) and In Ghost House Inn (2010).

Personal life[edit]

Lal was born on 2 December 1958, as Paul Michael to M. A. Paul and Philomina in a Roman Catholic Latin Rite family of the Archdiocese of Verapoly at Ernakulam. He is married to Nancy. The couple have a son Jean Paul Lal, who is an upcoming movie director and a daughter Monica.Music director Alex Paul, who composed soundtracks for the sequels of In Harihar Nagar, is his younger brother.


Early career[edit]

He started his career as a mimicry artist in Kalabhavan,[1] along with his childhood friend Siddique, who would later team up as Siddique-Lal to make many films. Lal and Siddique joined as assistant directors to Fazil in 1984.[2]

As director[edit]

The Siddique-Lal team became directors with Ramji Rao Speaking. They went on to make four more hit films in a row: In Harihar Nagar, Godfather, Vietnam Colony and Kabooliwala. Lal and Siddique were also associate directors for Fazil's Manichithrathazhu (1993). They are two of the most successful directors in the history of Malayalam cinema. All their movies were record-breaking blockbusters.

As actor[edit]

After that, both decided to part ways as a director pair and Lal turned producer with the Siddique-directed Mammootty-starrer Hitler.[2] Lal debuted in acting with a villain role as Paniyan in Suresh Gopi-starrerKaliyattam, directed by Jayaraj. Kaliyattam was a new take on Othello where Lal played Paniyan, the character standing for Iago.

Lal started acting in Tamil films with N. Linguswamy's Sandakozhi. Lal's other major roles include Sikkander Singh in Punjabi House, Jeevan in Ormacheppu, Devin Karlos Padaveedan in Black, Sathyan in Thommanum Makkalum, the title role in Banglavil Outha, Raveendran Pillai in Madhupal's Thalappavu, and Johny in A. K. Lohithadas's Kanmadam.

As producer[edit]

Lal became a producer and distributor in the Malayalam film industry in the mid-1990s and established a film production and distribution company named Lal Creations. The first film he produced was Hitler, which was directed by Siddique and starred Mammootty. He then produced Thenkasipattanam by the Rafi-Mecartin duo, in which he played a major role with Suresh Gopi. He also produced Rafi-Mecartin's Superman and Chathikkatha Chanthu. Other films he has produced include Siddique's Friends, Lal Jose's Chanthupottu and Renjith's Black.

Return to direction[edit]

Lal returned to directing with the 2009 film 2 Harihar Nagar, a sequel to In Harihar Nagar. After its success, he directed another sequel named In Ghost House Inn. It was released on 25 March 2010. It also became a box office success.Then he made two more directural ventures, one with some new commers titled as Tournament(2010) and the other one with Mammootty and himself named as Cobra




Year Film Role Language
1994 Manathe Kottaram Malayalam
1997 Kaliyattam Paniyan/Iago Malayalam
1998 Punjabi House Sikkandar Singh Malayalam
Daya Kombanana Malayalam
Kanmadam Johny Malayalam
Ormacheppu Jeevan Malayalam
1999 Friends Man at the Park Malayalam
Chandranudikkunna Dikhil Parthan Malayalam
Jananayakan Misra Malayalam
2000 Mazha Chandran Malayalam
Arayannangalude Veedu Sukumaran Malayalam
Nakshathragal Parayathirunnathu Gowrishankar Malayalam
Thenkasipattanam Dasappan Malayalam
2001 Ee Nadu Ennalevare Plappalli Sreedharan Malayalam
One Man Show Hari Narayanan Malayalam
Randam Bhavam Mohammad Ibrahim Malayalam
Unnathangalil Shiva Malayalam
2002 Ente Hridayathinte Udama Pavitran Malayalam
Kannaki Manikyan Malayalam
Kalyanaraman Thekkedathu Achuthankutty Malayalam
Krishna Gopalakrishna Swamiji Malayalam
2003 Pulival Kalyanam Karunan Malayalam
Anyar Raghavan Malayalam
Sinkari Bolona Deva Sharma Malayalam
Uthara Ambi Malayalam
2004 Ee Snehatheerathu Chinnappa Gounder Malayalam
Chathikkatha Chanthu Film director Ravikumar Malayalam
Black Devin Carlos Padaveedan Malayalam
Engal Anna Rajapandi Tamil
2005 Chanthupottu Divakaran Malayalam
Thommanum Makkalum Sathyan Malayalam
Banglavil Outha Outha Malayalam
Sandakozhi Kasi Tamil
2006 The Don Kasim Baba Malayalam
Pothan Vava Malayalam
Oruvan Bharathan Malayalam
Annavaram Ganga Telugu
Khatarnak Telugu
2007 Rock N Roll Issac Malayalam
Before the Rains Rajat English
Time Dr. Srinivasa Iyengar Malayalam
Marudhamalai Maasi Tamil
Deepavali Chidambaram Tamil
Panthaya Kozhi Raghavan Malayalam
Rameswaram Tamil
Aalwar Puniyamoorthy Tamil
Oram Po Bigilu Tamil
2008 Thalappavu S. Raveendran Pillai Malayalam
Twenty:20 Radhakrishnan Malayalam
Pachamarathanalil Mohammed Ali Malayalam
Aayudham Swami Antony Williams Malayalam
Kaalai Jeeva Tamil
2009 Anthony Yaar? Michael Tamil
Azhagar Malai Rathnavelu Tamil
Thirunakkara Perumal Malayalam
2010 Anwar Babu Sait Malayalam
Porkkalam Aslam Bhai Tamil
Aagathan Major George Joseph Malayalam
April Fool Dr. Mohana Chandran Malayalam
Payyans Malayalam
Penpattanam Inspector Antony Malayalam
Best Actor Vandippetta Shaji Malayalam
Kandahar Malayalam
2011 Payyans John Varghese Malayalam
Salt N' Pepper Kalathipparampil Kalidasan Malayalam
Bombay March 12 Malayalam
Doctor Love Cameo Malayalam
Vellaripravinte Changathi As Himself Malayalam
2012 Father's Day Malayalam
Unnam Sunny Malayalam
Cobra Kari (Karimoorkhan) Malayalam
Ozhimuri Thanupillai & Sivanpillai Malayalam
Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu Ottappalam Unni Malayalam
Chettayees John Malayalam
Little Master Malayalam
Husbands in Goa Sunny Malayalam
2013 Maad Dad Palachottil Geevargees Kuriyakose Easo Malayalam
Shutter Rasheed Malayalam
Isaac Newton S/O Philipose Isaac Newton Malayalam
Kaattum Mazhayum Hajiyar Malayalam
Ayaal Gurudasan Malayalam
Abhiyum Njaanum Nandan Menon Malayalam
Honey Bee HC Michael Malayalam
Buddy Michael Dominic Savio Malayalam
Sringaravelan Yesudas Malayalam
Zachariayude Garbhinikal Zacharia Malayalam
Idukki Gold Behnnan Malayalam
Vishudhan Mathew Pokkiriyachan Malayalam
10:30 am Local Call Nimmy's father Malayalam
Kadhaveedu Major Frederick Mukundan Malayalam
2014 Happy Journey Gopikrishnan Malayalam
God's Own Country Mohammad Malayalam
Iyobinte Pustakam Iyob Malayalam
Hi I'm Tony Tony Kurishingal Malayalam
Nagaravaridhi Naduvil Njan Malayalam
2015 Ennu Ninte Moideen Malayalam
Swargathekkal Sundaram Malayalam
32:23 Malayalam
Puli Murugan Malayalam


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