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."
11 December 1958
|Died||19 March 2008 (aged 49)|
(m. 1996; div. 2004)
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.
He was born as the eldest among four children in 1958 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. 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. He also learned piano from Trinity College London.
He discontinued his Bachelor of Arts in History from Coimbatore (Government Arts College) to pursue a career in acting. 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.
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), 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.
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.
Raghuvaran died on 19 March 2008. The cause of death was due to organ failure because of excessive alcohol consumption. 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.
|Marumagale Vazhga||Dr. Saravanan||Tamil||Supporting|
|1983||Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu||Tamil||Hero|
|Silk Silk Silk||Tamil||Villain|
|Samsaram Adhu Minsaram||Chidamabaram||Tamil||Supporting|
|Mandhira Punnagai||Daniel Miranda||Tamil||Villain|
|Makkal En Pakkam||Ramesh||Tamil||Supporting|
|Kavithai Paada Neramillai||Tamil||Hero|
|Ivargal Varungala Thoongal||Tamil||Supporting|
|Arul Tharum Ayyappan||Tamil||Supporting|
|1988||En Bommukutty Ammavukku||Alex||Tamil||Supporting|
|Koil Mani Osai||Tamil||Villain|
|En Vazhi Thani Vazhi||Tamil||Hero|
|Annanagar Mudhal Theru||Janardhanan||Tamil||Supporting|
|Rettai Kuzhal Thuppaki||Tamil||Villain|
|Raja Chinna Roja||Raghu||Tamil||Villain|
|Idhu Unga Kudumbam||Tamil||Hero|
|1993||Addeham Enna Iddeham||Perera||Malayalam||Villain|
|Peter Scott||Leo Fernandes||Malayalam||Supporting|
|Manathile Oru Paattu||James||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|1996||Anaganaga Oka Roju||Raghu||Telugu||Supporting|
|Take It Easy Urvashi||Jaya||Tamil||Villain|
|Suswagatham||Dr. Chandra Shekar||Telugu||Supporting|
|Thulli Thirintha Kaalam||Chidambaram||Tamil||Supporting|
|En Swasa Kaatre||Paneer||Tamil||Supporting|
|Lal Baadshah||Vikram Singh||Hindi||Villain|
|Anaganaga Oka Ammayi||Bhavani Prasad||Telugu||Supporting|
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
|Good Luck||Chandra Mohan||Tamil||Supporting|
|Kandukondain Kandukondain||Sowmya's Boss||Tamil||Supporting|
|2002||Seema Simham||Visweswara Rao||Telugu||Supporting|
|Dhaya||Major Rudhraiya||Tamil||125th Film
|Roja Kootam||Ilango's father||Tamil||Supporting|
|I Love You Da||Rajkishore||Tamil||Villain|
|Kadhal Virus||Kavitha's father||Tamil||Supporting|
|Anbe Un Vasam||V. Rathinavel Pandian||Tamil||Supporting|
|2007||Deepavali||Dr. Devasaghayam||Tamil||Guest appearance /|
|Evadaithe Nakenti||Bal Gangadhar||Telugu||Supporting|
|Nalladhor Veenai||Tamil||150th Film /
|Yaaradi Nee Mohini||Vasu's father||Tamil||Supporting|
|Ellam Avan Seyal||Jagadeeswaran||Tamil||Supporting|
|Adada Enna Azhagu||Himself||Tamil||Cameo appearance /|
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