Thiruvananthapuram: In a rare bargain with the Kerala government, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has added to his personal collection the movie camera with which his first unreleased film was shot 35 years back.
The actor would gift a new hitech camera to the Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) in place of the outdated one.
Mohanlal put across his long-cherished wish to Chief Minister Ommen Chandy at a function on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) on Friday.
Without hestitating for a moment, Chandy agreed to fulfil the actor's wish and asked the KSFDC officials to hand over the camera to Mohanlal as soon as possible.
The camera was used to shoot Mohanlal's first film "Thiranottam", which was destined to remain canned without ever hitting the silver screen. The film was produced and directed by a group of his friends including Priyadarshan, who later became a big name in Indian cinema.
The KSFDC used to extend financial and technical support to filmmakers.
It took couple of years for Mohanlal to have his first released film "Manjil Virinja Pookkal," directed by Fasil, in which he played the role of a villain.
Though Mohanlal appeared as an antagonist in a couple or more films, directors soon started casting him in positive lead roles and he went on to win several national honours for his sterling performances.