M. P. Michael, better known by his stage name Lal, is an Indian actor, director, screenwriter, producer and distributor who predominantly works in Malayalam and Tamil films and in a few Telugu films. Lal has won several awards, including a National Film Award – Special Mention for acting, two Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor, and a Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam. He is the owner of Lal Media Arts, a post-production studio.