Mohanlal – Most Popular Keralite 2011
The youth of Kerala may prefer oldies to make way for the younger lot in politics, but in films they still dote on two middle-aged superstars — Mohanlal and Mammootty.
Mohanlal – 29%
Mammootty – 23%
Prithviraj – 20%
Dileep – 5%
Jayaram – 4%
Asif Ali – 2%
Kunchacko, Vineeth Srinivasan etc – 1%
These two stars, who have been ruling the roost from the mid-1980s are the heartthrobs of the new generation too, according to the Deccan Chronicle C-fore survey conducted among youth aged from 18 to 25.
And among the two ‘Big Ms,’ Mohanlal has an edge over Mammootty with 29 per cent of the youth terming him the most popular actor. Mammootty comes next with 23 per cent plumping for him.
Among Mohanlal fans, the majority are males (38 percent) and females constitute only a moderate chunk (19 per cent) in comparison.
At the same time, adorers of Mammootty are almost equally matched in gender with males comprising 24 per cent and females 22 percent. This jells with a popular survey held two years ago in which women voted Mammootty as the sexiest star of Kerala.
Among the young crowd, only Prithviraj is able to more or less match the two ageing superstars with 20 per cent of the respondents cheering for him. Of this, only 10 per cent are men and 30 per cent are women, understandably so.
The middle-level actors get ‘moderate’ approval with 5 per cent endorsing Dileep and four per cent choosing Jayaram.
The outspoken Thilakan, who took out a fight with the superstars last year, also gets the approval of five per cent.
Interestingly, the new crop of actors — Kunjacko Boban, Jayasurya, Kailash, Ajmal Ameer and Vineeth Sreenivasan — get lukewarm response from the youth. Only one per cent of respondents felt enthusiastic about them. Asif Ali is slightly better at two per cent but that is no consolation.
“The Kerala youth identify with younger stars of Bollywood and not those of Malayalam films,” said the well-known film critic, Mr C.S. Venkiteswaran.
“They don’t think the younger stars of Kerala are hep enough.”
Mr Venkiteswaran also felt that the popularity of Mammootty and Mohanlal among the youth had more to do with their absolute dominance of television which created the ambience for film viewing. “The young actors are not getting the space they deserve because of this,” he said
Kavya Madhavan Voted Best
Her looks, the meaty characters she portrayed on the screen and the image of the girl-next door have always favoured Kavya Madhavan, the popular actress of Malayalam film industry.That she has become an icon for Kerala youth is evident from the response of the participants in the Deccan Chronicle C-fore survey.
This heroine of block-busters like Meesa Madhavan, Thilakkam and the most recent Gadhama bagged the vote of 21 per cent of the respondents who felt that she is the No. 1 actress in Malayalam film industry now.
Bhavana, who is popular in almost all South Indian language films, came up second with the vote of 12 per cent of the participants.
Samvritha Sunil and Revathy came up a close third with 11 per cent of the participants selecting them as the best actress in Malayalam.
“One advantage for Kavya is that she got the chance to act with both young actors and the superstars. And she got some good roles too. Traditional or modern, all types of characters are safe with her,” says Arya J. Nambiar, a film buff.
Interestingly, even in this age of glitz and glamour, youngsters give prominence to the calibre of actors.
This is evident from many youth rooting for KPAC Lalitha and Urvashi. While 10 per cent thought KPAC Lalitha is the best actress, six per cent voted Urvashi for this slot.
Swetha Menon, who has found a place in Mollywood with a handful of character roles in the recent years, is also popular among the young film viewers. She also got six per cent of the participants supporting her.
“Unlike in the past, actresses are more prominent in Malayalam films,” says Sanya Ann Samuel, a student of St Teresa’s College.
“Whether it be Urvashi or Swetha Menon, these actors have shown that acting is more important than glamour.”
Mollywood’s newcomers like Meera Nandan, Archana Kavi, Reema Kallingal, Dhanya Mary Varghese, Ann Augustine, Mythili, Sarayu and Apoorva are at the lower rungs of the popularity chart. While Meera, Archana and Ann got three per cent of the votes, Dhanya, Reema and Mythili got two per cent and Sarayu and Apoorva, one per cent