Mammootty entered movies with an uncredited role in the movie Anubhavangal Paalichakal, which had Prem Nazir in the lead role. His movie career began with M T Vasudevan Nair directed Devalokam, in which he acted under the stage name Sajin but the project was shelved. The actor has acted in more than 350 movies in a career span of 35 years and holds the record for winning maximum number of Best Actor trophies in National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards South.
Mohanlal made his acting debut with Thiranottam, directed by his friend Ashok Kumar. Mohanlal has acted in more than 325 movies in a career span of 35 years. He has won 2 National Awards, 8 Filmfare Awards and 6 Kerala State Film Awards in the category Best Actor. He was awarded with the Padmashri in 2001.He became the first actor to be awarded with the Lieutenant Colonel rank in the Territorial Army of India.