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Lal is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Script Supervisor Indian born on 2 december 1958 at Kochi (Inde)


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Birth name Paul Michael
Nationality Inde
Birth 2 december 1958 (61 years) at Kochi (Inde)
Awards Filmfare Awards South

Paul Michael (2 December 1958), better known by his stage name Lal, is an Indian film director, actor, script writer, producer, and film distributor widely known for his work in Malayalam cinema.

He is best known for teaming up with Siddique under the shared name Siddique-Lal to make films such as Ramji Rao Speaking (1989), In Harihar Nagar (1990), Godfather (1991), Vietnam Colony (1992), and Kabooliwala (1994). The duo broke off afterwards but he produced Siddique's Hitler (1996) and Friends (1999) under his production company Lal Creations. Other films he has produced include Thenkasipattanam (2000), Kalyanaraman (2002), Chathikkatha Chanthu (2004), Thommanum Makkalum (2005), and Chanthupottu (2005).

Lal's debut as an actor came in 1997 when he played Paniyan in Jayaraj's Kaliyattam. He is known for his serious as well as comedic roles and has twice won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his roles in Thalappavu (2008) and Ayal and Zachariayude Garbhinikal (2013). After sixteen years, Lal returned to directing with sequels to In Harihar Nagar, 2 Harihar Nagar (2009) and In Ghost House Inn (2010).


Lal was born on 2 December 1958, as Paul Michael to M. A. Paul and Philomina in a Roman Catholic Latin Rite family of the Archdiocese of Verapoly at Ernakulam. He is married to Nancy. The couple have a son Jean Paul Lal, who is an upcoming movie director and a daughter Monica.Music director Alex Paul, who composed soundtracks for the sequels of In Harihar Nagar, is his younger brother.

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Paul Michael
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Salim Kumar
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Filmography of Lal (100 films)

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Ennu Ninte Moideen, 2h47
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Prithviraj Sukumaran, Parvathy, Saikumar, Tovino Thomas, Bala, Lal
Rating79% 3.995593.995593.995593.995593.99559
Set in the 1960s and 70s in Mukkam, Kerala, the film tells the tragic love story of Moideen who belongs to a renowned Muslim family and Kanchana Mala who is the daughter of a Hindu thiyya aristocratic landlord. Since inter-religious marriages were a taboo then, the couple had to part ways as their families objected to their love affair.
Chandi Veeran, 1h55
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Atharvaa, Anandhi, Paul Michael, Lal, Rajashree, Bose Venkat
Roles Thamarai's father
Rating50% 2.5187452.5187452.5187452.5187452.518745
Happy Journey
Directed by Boban Samuel
Genres Drama
Actors Jayasurya, Aparna Gopinath, Lal, Paul Michael, Lalu Alex, Lena
Roles Gopikrishnan
Rating54% 2.7194152.7194152.7194152.7194152.719415
The story narrates the life of a young man from Fort Kochi named Aaron (Jayasurya),who loses his eyesight during his school days in an accident who then to find a place in the Indian cricket team for the blind.
Hi I'm Tony
Directed by Jean Paul Lal
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Lal, Paul Michael, Asif Ali, Biju Menon, Miya George, Lena
Roles Tony Kurishingal
Rating54% 2.720722.720722.720722.720722.72072
Hi, I am Tony takes place during a single day in Bangalore. Sameer (Asif Ali) and Tina (Miya) elope to Bangalore where they live in a flat owned by Achayan (Biju Menon). They have befriended a man called Tony (Lal) who comes to their flat, attacks and tortures them. He asks them questions based on his life.
Iyobinte Pusthakam, 2h39
Directed by Amal Neerad
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical
Actors Fahadh shanu, Paul Michael, Isha Sharvani, Jayasurya, Lal, Jinu Joseph
Roles Iyob
Rating76% 3.842663.842663.842663.842663.84266
The film starts with a message "The aged aren't always wise, nor do the elderly always understand justice" Job 32:9. The story is narrated by the communist leader (TG Ravi) who witnessed it. The story is set in 1900 in Munnar in British occupied India. Harrison is a British businessman who comes to Munnar to cultivate tea. Harrison finds an able boy amidst his workers and names him 'Iyob'(Job). Harrison holds Iyob close and helps him get married to Annamma (Reenu Mathews). Harrison's wife leaves him, later he sees Kazhali (Lena) and becomes interested in her. When he finds out Kazhali's relation with Thacho, one of his servants. Iyob kills Thacho after Harrison order him to. Afterwards, Harrison takes Kazhali as his mistress and she becomes pregnant. In the time of the First World War, Harrison's business gets affected and he leaves for Britain but dies on the way. Knowing this Iyob throws Kazhali out of the house and takes over all assets of Harrison.
Shutter (2013)
, 2h14
Directed by Joy Mathew
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Paul Michael, Lal, Sreenivasan, Vinay Forrt, Sajitha Madathil, Riya Saira
Roles Rasheed
Rating76% 3.8385453.8385453.8385453.8385453.838545
Rasheed (Lal) is an NRI working in the Gulf. He comes to his hometown Kozhikode on a vacation for his daughter's engagement. Rasheed has invested in a commercial property next to his house which he has let out to store owners, except for one room. During his holiday, he meets his friends here and they bond every night over a few peg of drinks. During one of these days, Rashid's friend Nanmarayil Suran (Vinay Forrt), an autorickshaw driver, locks him with a prostitute in a garage from the outside to let the two have some fun. He fails to turn up as promised and the two end up spending two nights and one day together in the garage. The rest of the narrative revolves around the embarrassing plight of these two and the lives of Suran, Thankam and Manoharan.
10:30 am Local Call
Actors Nishan, Shritha Sivadas, Kaillash, Mrudula Murali, Lal
Roles Nimmy's Father (caller)

Alby (Nishan) works in a Nissan showroom. His wife, Ann (Mridula), works as a Radio Jockey. Alby's old sweetheart, Nimmy (Shritha) enters his life when she is deserted by her husband, Vishnu (Kailash), after he suspects her of an affair. Alby is forced to take her to a homestay, where they share a room together. The story takes a sudden turn when Nimmy is found dead. Alby tries to move on with his life until he is disturbed by a call from a stranger at 10:30 AM local time.He was extorted to do the commands from the phone call, he found himself disturbed doing those works.The story progresses with his journey to find out the truth behind all of his mishaps.
Maad Dad
Maad Dad (2013)

Actors Lal, Nazriya Nazim, Meghana Raj, Lalu Alex, Padmapriya, Pooja Gandhi
Roles Palachottil Geevargees Kuriyakose Isow

Ayaal (2013)

Directed by P. Suresh Unnithan
Actors Lal, Iniya, Lena, Lakshmi Sharma, Kalasala Babu, Sukumari
Roles Gurudasan

Set in late 1950s the film uses the symbols of Serpentine Worship and socio political rebellions during that period of time to create an ambience for storytelling. The protagonist Dasan was a practicing Pulluvan, who had an aura of ascribed divinity around him. He had two wives, Janaki and Chakara. Janaki’s love with Dasan was platonic, but Chakara true to her name was possessive. Dasan along the course of time becomes passionate with Devaki Antharjanam, the wife of the village landlord as well. Be it wine, women or smoke, Dasan had no restrictions. His mastery over the profession was unparalleled. Due to the ascribed divinity around him, he was unquestioned. But not for too long, something happens which makes his life topsy turvy! The event also brings out the tenacity and quality of relations he had.
Vishudhan (2013)
, 2h12
Directed by Vysakh
Genres Drama
Themes Musical films
Actors Kunchacko Boban, Miya George, Paul Michael, Lal, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Sreelatha Namboodiri. B
Roles Pokkiriyachan
Rating55% 2.7729652.7729652.7729652.7729652.772965
Sunny (Kunchacko Boban), a young priest, is put in charge of a church in a rural area. The church runs an old age home which is sponsored by Vavachan (Hareesh Peradi). There Sunny meets Sister Sophie (Miya George). The two working sincerely in the old age home and in the process discover the motives behind Vavachan's philanthropy. He has an agreement with the home that he gets the unclaimed dead bodies for the medical college run by his son (Krishna Kumar), which is always short of cadavers. Meanwhile Sunny meets Animol, the daughter of the church grave digger. She is a bright student who aspires to follow in the footsteps of Mother Theresa but due to financial troubles is unable to continue her education. Sunny offers to help her by getting an admission in a nursing college in Bangalore. Animol, while helping out to take care of an elderly woman from the old age home hospitalised in Vavachan's hospital witnesses her being smothered to death by Vavachan's son. Unable to hide her burden she confesses to Sophie and Sunny who advises her to reveal it to the police. But afraid for her life and her father Animol refuses and prepares to leave for Bangalore.
Chettayees (2012)

Directed by Shajoon Kariyal
Genres Comedy
Actors Lal, Biju Menon, Suresh Krishna, Miya George, P. Sreekumar, Sadiq
Roles John

The whole story happens over two days, when five friends get together to celebrate New Year's Eve. The friends are John (Lal) a lawyer, Kichu (Biju Menon) a percussionist, Roopesh Krishna (Suresh Krishna) an actor, Bava (P. Sukumar) a chef and Babumon (Sunil Babu) a government employee. They are having a blast at John's apartment on the last day of the year. John, who is not in good terms with the apartment association goes to the new year party and ruins the party. The apartment owners who were looking for a way of taking vengeance, finds that a lady was staying at their apartment overnight and calls the police to charge them against immoral trafficking.
Cobra (2012)

Directed by Lal
Genres Romantic comedy
Actors Mammootty, Lal, Lalu Alex, Padmapriya, Kanika, Salim Kumar
Roles Kari (Karimoorkhan)

Cobra is the short form of Co-brothers (Kottayam Brothers). The film tells the story of the two brothers: Raja (Mammootty) and Kari (Lal). Gopalan (Saleemkumar) and Balan (Manian Pilla Raju) play the roles of their security guards.
Father's Day
Directed by Kalavoor Ravikumar
Actors Revathi, Lal, Shankar Panicker, Idavela Babu, Suresh Krishna, Vineeth

The story revolves around Seetha, a tutor in a Government College. A person continuously goes behind her, spying her and later when they both meet up, he tells that he is a Criminology student, who specializes in Rapes. Seetha Lives in her niece's house. She has a caring brother, who is afraid that Seetha is not married yet. This student turns out to be her own son. He wanted to research on her history, so he collects all the relevant evidences, and starts his work. The story goes on and on, until it ends up in a DNA test. The story later revolves on how he takes revenge on the 4 rapists.