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Mohanlal launches equity trading company
29th Aug 2008 11.00 IST
Superstar Mohanlal , who has essayed different roles in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi films, is trying his hands in a new arena – equity trading.
The actor has joined hands with Baby Marine Exports, Fedex Securities, Smart Financial Thakker Group and industrialist S M Hegde to promote the broking company -- Hedge Equities, which is expected to start operations shortly.
The company will have 15 branches in the state in the first phase and also has plans to open branches in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, company sources said.
Hedge Equities will be offering equity, futures, options, depository services, commodity broking and mutual funds distribution to its customers.
This venture comes shortly after Mohanlal launched Max Lab Entertainments, which will focus on film distribution, production and running multiplexes and shopping malls in the state. Film producer Antony Perumbavoor and industrialist K C Baby are among those who have partnered with the actor for the new venture. The company would be setting up a chain of multiplexes and shopping malls in Chalakaudy in Thrissur, Kozhikode, Ponani and Pathnamthitta.
Among his other business ventures are a star hotel in Kochi -- The Travancore Court. The actor had also launched 'masalas' under the brand name "Mohanlal's Taste Buds' which had now been sold to Eastern Condiments. However, he continues to be the brand ambassador for the same.
Mohanlal's latest film Akashagopuram , directed by national award winning director K P Kumaran, is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play 'The Master Builder", which is running in cinema houses in Kerala now.
The film has the best of talent from Hollywood and the UK, Tamil and Malayalam film industries.
According to industry buzz, Mohanlal will be also be acting in 'Nair San', a movie based on the life history of Ayyappan Pillai Madhavan Nair, who was known as Nair San in Japan. Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is also likely to play a role in the film.
The versatile actor, who began his film career with 'Manjil Viriunja Pookal' in 1980 in which he essayed the role of an antagonist, continues to be a much sought after hero even now and is paired with actresses years younger.
His well known films are 'T P Balagopalan MA', 'Thalavattom', 'Sanmanassu Ullavarku Samadhanam', 'Gandhi Nagar 2nd street', 'Killukam', 'Kireedam', 'Bharatham', 'Kalapani', 'Irruvar' and 'Thanmatra'.
In 2002, he received rave reviews for his role as a police officer in Hindi film Company , but burnt his fingers in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag , a remake of cult classic Sholay .
The actor had also caught the ire of prohibitionists in the state after he appeared in a whiskey advertisement a few months ago.
Mohanlal, who is also a magic enthusiast, had to give up his plans to perform the dangerous 'fire escape' on April 27 at Thiruvananthapuram following pressure from his well-wishers and fans.
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