Mohanlal will do a Hindi film if the offer is exciting enough: Ram Gopal Varma
South superstar Mohanlal, who celebrates his 61st birthday today, has kept his distance from Bollywood. It was only in 2002, that Ram Gopal Varma had managed to convince him to play a top cop in his film ‘Company’. Raving about his performance, RGV shares, “When I approached Mohanlal to play Sreenivasan in his first Hindi film ‘Company’, I was expecting a lot from him due to the reputation that preceded him, but he still surprised me.
I was so happy for him when he won an award for Best Supporting Actor. Also in a 2010 online poll, Mohanlal’s performance in ‘Company’ was adjudged The Finest Performance of a non-Bollywood Actor in the Last Decade”.
Reiterating that he has ‘huge respect for the multi-talented actor, the filmmaker adds, “I list him amongst the greatest actors not just in India, but also the world. His diversity in roles and his versatility are virtually incomparable”.
Several Mohanlal films including ‘Drishyam’, ‘Manichitrathazu’ have been successfully remade in Hindi. “Actors both from Bollywood and other regional cinema get inspired by his blockbusters and remake them in other languages,” reveals RGV. But why don’t we see more of him in Bollywood? “I think he will do a film if the role offered is exciting enough. Also, there’s a language barrier. In ‘Company’ he played a South Indian,” points out RGV.