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Pranav Mohanlal (born 13 July 1990) is an Indian actor, singer and songwriter, who works in Malayalam film industry. The son of actor Mohanlal, he began acting as a child with his screen debut in his father's film Onnaman (2002) in a minor role, followed by a leading role in Punarjani in the same year. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role in Punarjani. He then decided to abandon films to focus on his studies.[citation needed] After that he kept a distance from the film industry and was not keen on returning to pursue acting.[citation needed] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of New South Wales.[citation needed] Pranav returned to films in 2015 as an assistant director to Jeethu Joseph and served in two films—Papanasam and Life of Josutty. He appeared in the leading role in the 2018 film Aadhi, directed by Jeethu. He won the SIIMA Award for Best Debut Actor for the role.

Pranav Mohanlal
Born (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 29)
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales
  • Actor
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2002; 2009
Suchitra Balaji
RelativesVismaya Mohanlal (sister)
K. Balaji (grandfather)
Suresh Balaje (uncle)
AwardsKerala State Film Awards

Early and personal lifeEdit

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. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Pranav maintains a low-profile lifestyle.[citation needed]

Film careerEdit

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 self of his father's character Ravisankar. In the same year, he made it to his first leading role in Punarjani, a drama film directed by Major Ravi and Rajesh Amanakara. He played Appu, a troubled child who ran away from home as he thinks 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. He was not interested in returning to pursue acting. In between, he made a cameo appearance in a song in Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded in 2009. Director Priyadarshan, who is also a close friend of Mohanlal once 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".[2]

In 2014, Pranav began working as an assistant director under Jeethu Joseph in the Tamil film Papanasam (2015), starring Kamal Hassan.[3] 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.[4] The action-thriller titled Aadhi began principal photography in August 2017 and was released in January 2018.[5] He wrote, sang and performed the English song "Gypsy Woman" 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.[6] It grossed 50 crore worldwide.[7] His second film Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu directed by Arun Gopy and produced by Tomichan Mulakuppadam was released in 2019.[8] He is appearing in a guest role as young Kunjali Marakkar IV in the upcoming period film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham.


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2002 Onnaman Ravisankar (childhood) Child actor [9]
2002 Punarjani Appu Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist [10]
2009 Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded Teenager in the crowd Cameo appearance in song "Sagar Alias Jackie" [11]
2015 Papanasam N/A Assistant director; Tamil film [12]
2015 Life of Josutty N/A Assistant director [13]
2018 Aadhi Aadhithya "Aadhi" Mohan Also singer-songwriter ("Gypsy Woman")
2019 Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu Appu
2020 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham   Kunjali Marakkar IV (young) Post-production; guest appearance



Pranav won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2002 for his performance as a troubled child in the film Punarjani.[14] He won the Best Debut Actor award at the 8th South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) for the film Aadhi.[15]


  1. ^ Chandran, Cynthia (5 July 2017). "Suspense, is thy name Pranav?". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  2. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (2 August 2013). "Reel adventures". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  3. ^ Pillai, Radhika C. "Pranav Mohanlal turns assistant director". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  4. ^ Vishal (30 September 2016). "Mohanlal announces son Pranav's acting launch as hero". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  5. ^ HT Correspondent (5 July 2017). "Mohanlal son Pranav's debut film announced, to be called Aadi". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  6. ^ Nair, Sree Prasad (21 February 2018). "Aadhi: Pranav Mohanlal's debut film emerges the first blockbuster of 2018". Catch News. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  7. ^ Pais, Nichola (21 April 2018). "Star scions". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Pranav to star in Arun Gopi directorial". Deccan Chronicle. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  9. ^ Akhila Menon (14 April 2015). "Mohanlal And Pranav Mohanlal Back Together". Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  10. ^ Nayar, Parvathy S. (1 December 2012). "Is the stage set for Pranav Mohanlal's Mollywood entry?". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  11. ^ Prakash, Asha (3 October 2013). "Pranav is not doing a Mani Ratnam film". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  12. ^ DC Correspondent (2 September 2014). "Mohanlal's son Pranav turns Assistand Director in Papanasam". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  13. ^ Soman, Deepa (18 February 2015). "Pranav is a role model: Jeethu Joseph". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  14. ^ "2002 Kerala State Film Awards". Department of Information and Public Relations. 2002. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  15. ^ "SIIMA 2019 winners full list: Dhanush, Trisha, Prithviraj win big". The Indian Express. 17 August 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.

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