Legendary Malyalam producer Appachan who passed away yesterday, is the man who 'discovered' Mohanlal through his debut film Manjil Virinja Pookal (MVP) which released for Christmas 1980. Initially the film was dubbed a flop by the trade.
Then Appachan boosted the publicity of the film using Mohanlal’s villainous mugshot in the posters and film went on to become a trendsetting blockbuster. What would have happened if Appachan had written it off ?
Navodaya Appachan is no more Mohanlal was gifted a German camera which they shot Manjil Virinja Pookal !
Last week Mohanlal was shooting for new Renjith directed Spirit at Appachan's Navodaya Studio. A day before he was hospitalised Appachan came to the sets and told MohanLal whom he calls affectionately Lalu, that he wanted to gift him something precious. Appachan had already put it in the actor’s car.
Mohanlal will now put it in his private museum. An emotionally charged Mohanlal hugged Appachan, as tears came rollingdown his cheek.
Mohanlal was gifted a German camera which they shot Manjil Virinja Pookal !