Raghuvaran Velayutham (11 December 1958 – 19 March 2008) was an Indian actor who predominantly acted in films made in South India. He has acted in more than 200 Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. According to the Hindustan Times, "The actor had carved a niche for himself with his special style and voice modulation."[1]

Raghuvaran Velayutham

(1958-12-11)11 December 1958
Died19 March 2008(2008-03-19) (aged 49)
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1982-2008
(m. 1996; div. 2004)
ChildrenRishivaran (b.1998)
Parent(s)Velayutham Nair

He played the protagonist of a Tamil soap opera, Oru Manidhanin Kadhai, about a well-to-do man who becomes an alcoholic. He received critical acclaim for his role as Father Alphonso in the Malayalam movie Daivathinte Vikruthikal, directed by Lenin Rajendran and based on M. Mukundan's novel of the same name.

Raghuvaran's six songs, composed and sung by him, were officially released by actor Rajinikanth and the album was received by actress Rohini and Raghuvaran's son Rishi Varan.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He was born as the eldest among four children in 1958[1] at Kollengode in Palakkad district in Kerala. He was the grandson of Mr. N. Radhakrishnan Nair and son of Chunkamannathu N. R. Velayudhan Nair and Kasthuri Chakkungal.[3] When his father moved his hotel business from Mathur to Coimbatore, the family shifted to Coimbatore. He had his primary education from Stanes angloindian Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore.[citation needed] He also learned piano from Trinity College London.[3]

He discontinued his Bachelor of Arts in History from Coimbatore (Government Arts College) to pursue a career in acting.[4] He landed a minor role in the Kannada film Swapna Thingalgal. He began acting in minor roles in Telugu and Kannada films.

From 1979 to 1983, he was part of an acting drama troupe in Chennai, Chennai Kings, which also included the Tamil actor, Nassar. He was spotted and cast as the lead actor in Ezhavathu Manithan, which was his biggest role to date.

He married Rohini in 1996 and their son Rishi Varan was born in 1998. The couple later separated and divorced in 2004.[1]


Following his beginnings on the stage, and a diploma in acting from M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute in Chennai, Raghuvaran approached many Kollywood studios aiming for performance oriented roles and finally got selected as hero. The offbeat film named Ezhavathu Manithan (Seventh Man),[5] directed by Hariharan won many awards, but not many offers for him. A few more films followed with him as hero, like Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu and Nee Thodumbothu released, but did not become successes. The villain role in Silk Silk Silk was noticed and the film's success opened the gate of offers for him. The villain act continued in films like Kutravaaligal, Mr. Bharath, "Poo vizhi vasalile", Mandhira Punnagai and Oorkavalan. He appeared as hero as well as supporting actor in between releases as well. The major ones are Mudivalla Arambam and Samsaram Adhu Minsaram.

In a leading roleEdit

In the mid 1980s, Raghuvaran did many films as hero and most of them did good business as well. The films Michael Raj, Megam Karuththirukku, Kootu Puzhukkal and Kavithai Paada Neramillai helped to stabilize his career. The lawyer in Kaliyugam, the police officer in Thaimel Aanai, the rowdy with a golden heart in Kai Naattu, the honest Medical student turned Goonda in Kuttravali and the common man in En Vazhi Thani Vazhi helped Raghuvaran's market value as hero to reach greater heights. But his desire to try all types of roles, like supporting actor as well as villain simultaneously halted the progress as hero, even though he played hero roles in Vyooham, Kavacham and Anjali later. His supporting roles in Annanagar Mudhal Theru and Siva were well received too.[6]


Raghuvaran was pitted against Dilip Kumar in his Bollywood debut Izzatdaar and his popularity further soared at the national level with Ram Gopal Varma's gangster flick Shiva, where he played the dreaded gangster Bhawani. Other Bollywood films include Rakshak opposite Sunil Shetty (1996), Lal Baadshah opposite Amitabh Bachchan (1999), Hitler opposite Mithun Chakraborty (1998) and Grahan along with Jackie Shroff, where he replaced a busy Nana Patekar in 2001.

In a career span lasting for more than 26 years, Raghuvaran performed each role with his trademark mannerisms, often stealing the thunder from more established stars and even heroes. His magnetic baritone voice was an advantage and he modulated it to suit his variety of roles. He also set his own style of mannerisms and brought a distinct dialogue delivery and even changed his gait in many films. All this dedication won him more fans and helped his popularity soar ever higher.

He has received several state and Filmfare Awards for his performances in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films. He began his career as a supporting actor in a number of films in Tamil including Mani Rathnam's Anjali as the father of an autistic child. He later played villains in Baasha as Mark Anthony, Mudhalvan as Aranganathan (corrupt Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu), Shiva and Muthu as Ilaimaran. He later returned to supporting roles – sometimes as a father or as a mentor in films such as Alai, Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Thirumalai and Bala.[7]


Raghuvaran died on 19 March 2008.[1] The cause of death was due to organ failure because of excessive alcohol consumption.[8] His death occurred during the filming stages of several films, including Kanthaswamy (2009),wherein Raghuvaran's portions were reshot with Ashish Vidyarthi, which resulted in the film's delayed release. His posthumous film, Aatadista, released shortly after his death.



Year Film Role Language Notes
1982 Kakka Malayalam Anti Hero
Ezhavathu Manithan Anand Tamil Hero
Marumagale Vazhga Dr. Saravanan Tamil Supporting
1983 Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu Tamil Hero
Rugma Malayalam Supporting
Vasanthame Varuga Suriyanarayanan Tamil Supporting
Silk Silk Silk Tamil Villain
1984 Nee Thodumbothu Tamil Hero
Mudivalla Arambam Tamil Hero
1985 Kutravaaligal Tamil Villain
Engirunthalum Vazhga Tamil Hero
1986 Mr. Bharath Michael Tamil Villain
Samsaram Adhu Minsaram Chidamabaram Tamil Supporting
Meendum Pallavi Tamil Hero
Mandhira Punnagai Daniel Miranda Tamil Villain
1987 Poovizhi Vasalile Anand Tamil Villain
Makkal En Pakkam Ramesh Tamil Supporting
Michael Raj Tamil Hero
Pasivadi Pranam Venu Telugu Villain
Megam Karuththirukku Tamil Supporting
Nyayaniki Sankellu Telugu Villain
Kootu Puzhukkal Tamil Hero
Kavithai Paada Neramillai Tamil Hero
Oorkavalan Rajadurai Tamil Villain
Manithan Kumaravelu Tamil Villain
Ivargal Varungala Thoongal Tamil Supporting
Arul Tharum Ayyappan Tamil Supporting
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Alex Tamil Supporting
Kaliyugam Tamil Hero
Thaimel Aanai Vinod Tamil Hero
Kai Naattu Tamil Hero
Kuttravali Tamil Hero
Koil Mani Osai Tamil Villain
Irandil Ondru Tamil Villain
En Vazhi Thani Vazhi Tamil Hero
Annanagar Mudhal Theru Janardhanan Tamil Supporting
Kanchana Seeta Telugu Supporting
1989 Siva John Tamil Supporting
Rudranetra Black Cobra Telugu Villain
Lankeshwarudu Telugu Villain
Rettai Kuzhal Thuppaki Tamil Villain
Raja Chinna Roja Raghu Tamil Villain
Shiva Bhavani Telugu Villain
Idhu Unga Kudumbam Tamil Hero
Dhanushkodi Malayalam Supporting


Year Film Role Language Notes
1990 Vyooham Tony Leous Malayalam Hero
Puriyaadha Pudhir Chakravarthi Tamil Villain
Izzatdaar Indrajeet Sabharwal Hindi Villain
Anjali Shekar Tamil Hero
Thiyagu Thiyagu Tamil Hero
Shiva Bhavani Hindi Villain
Pagalil Pournami Tamil Villain
1991 Chaitanya Raana Telugu Villain
Pudhiya Raagam Raghuraman Tamil Villain
Daivathinte Vikrithikal Alphonso Malayalam Hero
Kizhakkan Pathrose Anthony Malayalam Villain
1992 Lathi Avinash Telugu Supporting
Kavacham Ravi Malayalam Hero
Soorya Manasam Shivan Malayalam Villain
Asadhyulu Dr. Pratap Telugu Supporting
Uyarnthavan Tamil Supporting
1993 Addeham Enna Iddeham Perera Malayalam Villain
Konjum Kili Tamil Supporting
Dhool Parakuthu Tamil Hero
1994 Paasamalargal Tamil Supporting
Kadhalan Mallikarjuna Tamil Villain
Veera Padhakkam Vadivelu Tamil Villain
1995 Baashha Mark Antony Tamil Villain
Peter Scott Leo Fernandes Malayalam Supporting
Manathile Oru Paattu James Tamil Guest appearance
Maanthrikam Abdul Rahiman Malayalam Supporting
Witness Tamil Supporting
Mounam Mr. X Telugu Villain
Kolangal Bairavan Tamil Villain
Muthu Devan Tamil Villain
Thotta Chinungi Gopal Tamil Hero
1996 Anaganaga Oka Roju Raghu Telugu Supporting
Rakshak Raghu Hindi Villain
Circle Inspector Kannada Villain
Selva Varatharajan Tamil Villain
Take It Easy Urvashi Jaya Tamil Villain
1997 Arunachalam Vishwanath Tamil Villain
Love Today Chandrasekar Tamil Supporting
Ullaasam G. K. Tamil Supporting
Kalavida Kannada Villain
Abhimanyu Maasilamani Tamil Villain
Nerukku Ner Raghu Tamil Supporting
Aahaa..! Raghu Tamil Supporting
Ratchagan Easwar Tamil Villain
1998 Aahaa..! Raghuram Telugu Supporting
Suswagatham Dr. Chandra Shekar Telugu Supporting
Jai Hind Kannada Villain
Government Kannada Villain
Thulli Thirintha Kaalam Chidambaram Tamil Supporting
Hitler Hindi Villain
Iniyavale Ramanathan Tamil Supporting
Poonthottam Panneerselvam Tamil Villain
Nilaave Vaa Siva Tamil Supporting
1999 Suriya Paarvai Jayanth Tamil Villain
En Swasa Kaatre Paneer Tamil Supporting
Endrendrum Kadhal Shekar Tamil Supporting
Lal Baadshah Vikram Singh Hindi Villain
Oruvan Krishna Prasad Tamil Supporting
Amarkalam Tulasi Das Tamil Supporting
Anaganaga Oka Ammayi Bhavani Prasad Telugu Supporting
Pooparika Varugirom Ranganathan Tamil Supporting
Mudhalvan Aranganathan Tamil Villain
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
Iraniyan Aande Tamil Villain
Prathyartha Rakesh Kannada Villain


Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Dr.Rajasekhar Tamil Supporting
Good Luck Chandra Mohan Tamil Supporting
Sudhandhiram Raghu Tamil Supporting
Mugavaree Shiva Tamil Supporting
Vallarasu DGP Jaganathan Tamil Supporting
Kandukondain Kandukondain Sowmya's Boss Tamil Supporting
Pelli Sambandham Telugu Supporting
Parthen Rasithen Panneer Tamil Supporting
Uyirile Kalanthathu Raghuraman Tamil Supporting
Azad Deva Telugu Villain
2001 Grahan Raghu Sinha Hindi Supporting
Dosth Raghu Tamil Villain
Narasimha Raana Tamil Supporting
Star Dhanushkodi Tamil Villain
Majunu Gajapathy Tamil Supporting
2002 Seema Simham Visweswara Rao Telugu Supporting
Red Sethupathy Tamil Supporting
Dhaya Major Rudhraiya Tamil 125th Film


Roja Kootam Ilango's father Tamil Supporting
Run Shiva's brother-in-law Tamil Supporting
University Tamilselvan Tamil Supporting
Bobby K. R. Telugu Supporting
I Love You Da Rajkishore Tamil Villain
Bala Jeyamani Tamil Supporting
Kadhal Virus Kavitha's father Tamil Supporting
2003 Naaga Naaga's father Telugu Supporting
Johnny Ravishankar Damle Telugu Supporting
Alaudin Gangadhar Tamil Supporting
Ullam Tamil Supporting
Straight-to-DVD release
Alai Aathi's father Tamil Supporting
Anjaneya Venketeswaran Tamil Supporting
Thirumalai Artist Tamil Supporting
Anbe Un Vasam V. Rathinavel Pandian Tamil Supporting
Kaiyodu Kai Manickavasagam Tamil Supporting
2004 Jana Jana's father Tamil Supporting
Durgi Jaydev Kannada Villain
Naani Scientist Telugu Supporting
Arasatchi Ashok Mehta Tamil Supporting
Jananam Udhaya Moorthy Tamil Supporting
Mass Satya Telugu Villain
2005 Sachein Gowtham Tamil Supporting
2006 Sivappathigaram Elango Tamil Supporting
2007 Deepavali Dr. Devasaghayam Tamil Guest appearance /
Evadaithe Nakenti Bal Gangadhar Telugu Supporting
Nalladhor Veenai Tamil 150th Film /


Sivaji Chezhian Tamil Supporting
Marudhamalai Suryanarayanan Tamil Supporting
2008 Bheema Periyavar Tamil Supporting
Ashoka Tamil Supporting
Thodakkam Vanchinathan Tamil Supporting
Pellikani Prasad Telugu Supporting
Sila Nerangalil Krishnan Tamil Villain
Aatadista Raghunath Telugu Supporting
Yaaradi Nee Mohini Vasu's father Tamil Supporting
Ellam Avan Seyal Jagadeeswaran Tamil Supporting
2009 Bank Raghuvaran Telugu Villain
Adada Enna Azhagu Himself Tamil Cameo appearance /


  1. ^ a b c d "Actor Raghuvaran passes away- Hindustan Times". Archived from the original on 12 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Did you know Raghuvaran was a musician? Rajinikanth launches late actor's music album". The News Minute. 3 February 2018. Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Gulf Times article". Archived from the original on 24 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Raghuvaran: a classy villain". 30 March 2008. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Farewell, Raghuvaran!". 24 March 2008. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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