Rajan P. Dev

Rajan P. Dev (20 May 1951 – 29 July 2009) was an Indian film actor and stage actor. He was born in Cherthala in the Alappuzha district of the former state Thiru-Kochi (present day Kerala). He had acted in over 200 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages. He was noted for his villain roles laced with a touch of humour. He came into the limelight for his characterisation of Kochuvava in the play Kattukuthira.[1] Rajan P. Dev died in Kochi Wednesday 29 July 2009 due to a liver disease.[2]

Rajan P. Dev
Rajan P. Dev 2008.jpg
Rajan P. Dev at the 2008 Association of Malayalam Movie Artists meeting in Kochi
Born(1951-05-20)20 May 1951
Died29 July 2009(2009-07-29) (aged 58)
Kochi, Kerala, India
NationalityIndian
Alma mater
Occupation
Years active1980 – 2009
Spouse(s)Santhamma
Children3
Parent(s)
  • S. J. Dev
  • Kuttyamma

FamilyEdit

Rajan P.Dev was born to S. J. Dev, a popular stage and drama actor of his times, and Kuttyamma in 1951 at Cherthala. He has a sister, Raniyamma. He had his education from Govt. Boys Higher Secondary School, Cherthala, St. Michael's College, Cherthala and Sree Narayana College, Cherthala.[3]

Rajan P. Dev was married to Shanthamma. The couple had three children; Asha, Jubil Raj and Unni. Asha is married to Binoy, a hotel businessman. Jubil Raj has been an actor from 2009 and is married to Riya Varghese. He has done more than 18 movies in Malayalam and Tamil. He has done some major roles in Yakshiyum Njanum, Thappana, Thank You, Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus, KQ, Welcome to Central Jail, King Liar, An International Local Story, Maffi Dona, etc. His younger son Unni also acted in movies like Zachariayude Garbhinikal and Aadu.[4]

Stage careerEdit

Rajan P. Dev, born to noted stage actor S. J. Dev and Kuttyamma, started his acting career with various professional play troupes in Kerala. His father remained one of his major influences.[5] He was noted for his performances in various plays in the troupe of senior stage actor N. N. Pillai. He was cast by S. L. Puram Sadanandan to do the protagonist role of Kochuvava in his play Kattukuthira. The play was staged in over 100 venues and Dev became immensely popular all over Kerala. He received the Kerala State Theater Best Actor Award in 1984 and 1986. Along with his successful stage career, Dev launched his film career. Despite his success in films, he maintained a steady relationship with stage plays. He founded the play troupe Jubilee Theatres; and for its plays he did creative contributions in various departments. The last play by Jubilee Theatres, a satire titled Amminipuram Gramapanchayat had its lyrics and music by Dev.[5]

Film careerEdit

Dev launched his film career with Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983), directed by Fazil. When his superhit play Kattukuthira was made into a film, the role went to Thilakan. Dev expressed his disappointment on this in a magazine interview, which caught the attention of director Thampy Kannanthanam. He invited Dev to play the villain role of Carlos in his film Indrajaalam (1990), starring Mohanlal. Just like his character Kochuvava, Carlos also became immensely popular so much so that for some years since then Dev was often referred to as Carlos, much like Keerikkadan Jose another popular villain character of that time.[6] The role of Carlos proved to be career-defining for Dev, as he was showered with villain roles in a number of films.

Several of Dev's villain roles had a touch of comedy, but he could not get out of the typical villain character mould. He got a break from this with Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava (1995), directed by Rajasenan, in which he played Aniyan Bava, the younger brother to Chettan Bava, played by Narendra Prasad. The film established his versatility. He went on to act in full-fledged comedy roles after it, most notably in the films Sphadikam (1995), Thommanum Makkalum (2005) and Chota Mumbai (2007). He still continued to act his signature villain roles. He expanded his career to Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films starting with Gentleman (1993), directed by S. Shankar. He acted in over 50 films in those languages, most of which were villain roles. Out of about 800 films he acted in, many of the roles he played were of corrupt police officer, minister, etc, another testimonial to the several typecast roles he had to act in.[7] Dev has directed three films: Achammakuttiyude Achayan (1998), Maniyarakkallan and Achante Kochumolku (2003). He was planned to direct two more films titled Kayal Rajavu and Simham, starring Mammootty and Prithviraj, respectively.[8]

DeathEdit

Rajan P. Dev suffered from various disease like diabetes and liver cirrhosis during his last times. He was admitted to hospital many times due to these problems. He also lost his sight due to diabetes, and suffered without seeing camera during many shootings. On 26 July 2009, he vomited high amounts of blood at his home in Angamaly, and was admitted to Little Flower Hospital near his home. Later, he was shifted to Lake Shore Hospital in Kochi for advanced treatment. But there was no improvement in his condition, and he died at 6:00 AM on 29 July, aged just 56. His funeral ceremony was held on Thursday, 30 July 2009 at 11 am at St. Xavier's church, Angamaly.[7][9] The last film that he had acted in was Ringtone, directed by Ajmal.[10] He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

FilmographyEdit

As an actorEdit

MalayalamEdit

  1. Ringtone (2010)
  2. Brahmasthram(2010) as Ramachandran
  3. Black Stallion (2010) as Sebastain
  4. Sambhu (2009)
  5. Daddy Cool (2009)
  6. Ee Pattanathil Bhootham(2009)
  7. I. G. (2009)
  8. Hailesa (2009)
  9. Love In Singapore (2009) as Irumbu Mani
  10. Bullet (2008)
  11. Aayudham (2008) as Plavinchottil Chacko
  12. Shakespeare M. A. Malayalam (2008)
  13. Dae! Ingottu Nokkiye... (2008)
  14. Gopalapuranam (2008) as Gopalan Nair
  15. Sound of Boot (2008)
  16. Lollipop (2008)
  17. Kanichukulangarayil CBI (2008) as Krishna Gopan
  18. Annan Thambi(2008)
  19. Mayabazar (2008) as Akri Damodharan
  20. Roudram (2008)
  21. Chocolate (2007)
  22. Indrajith (2007) as 'Chemparunthu' Bhaskaran
  23. Kichamani M.B.A. (2007)
  24. Black Cat (2007)... Tharakan
  25. Alibhai (2007) as Karunakaran Thampi
  26. Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri (2007)
  27. Athisayan (2007)
  28. Abraham & Lincoln (2007) as Rahim Ravuthar
  29. Chotta Mumbai (2007)
  30. Sketch (2007) as Chandrasekhara Shetty
  31. Nagaram (2007)... Lonappan
  32. Panthaya Kozhi (2007) as Jyotsar
  33. Raavanan (2007) as Raman Menon
  34. Oruvan (2006)
  35. Highway Police (2006) as David D'Souza
  36. Pothan Vava (2006)
  37. Vargam (2006)
  38. The Tiger (2005)
  39. Benglauil Oudda (2005)
  40. Chanthupottu (2005)
  41. Bharatchandran IPS (2005)
  42. Pandippada (2005)
  43. Thaskara Veeran (2005)
  44. Kalyana Kurimanam(2005) as Aravindaksha Kuruppu
  45. Udayon (2005) as Chetti
  46. Thommanum Makkalum (2005)
  47. Isra (2005)
  48. Natturajavu (2004)
  49. Aparichithan (2004)
  50. Shambu (2004) as Puthukodi Balan
  51. Thekkekkara Superfast (2004) as Philippose
  52. Vajram (2004) as Varghese
  53. Vellinakshatram (2004)
  54. C. I. Mahadevan 5 Adi 4 Inchu (2004) as Nambiar
  55. Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004)
  56. Vamanapuram Bus Route (2004)
  57. Kusruthi (2004)
  58. Relax (2003)
  59. Achante Kochumolku(2003) as Gabriel Panachikkadan
  60. Swantham Malavika (2003)
  61. The King Maker Leader (2003) as Kaimal
  62. Jagathi Jagathish in Town (2002) as Minister Vishwanadan
  63. Kai Ethum Doorathu (2002)
  64. Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan (2002)
  65. Sivam (2002)
  66. Njan Rajavu (2002)
  67. Akhila (2002) as Sekharan Nair
  68. Swarna Medal (2002) as Balakrishanan
  69. Videsi Nair Swadesi Nair (2002)
  70. Nariman (2001)
  71. Sharjah To Sharjah (2001)
  72. Karumadikkuttan (2001)
  73. Ee Nadu Innalevare (2001) as C.M
  74. Nagaravadhu (2001)
  75. Kakkinakshathram (2001) as Anamuttathu Hajiyar
  76. Nakshathragal Parayathirunnathu (2001)
  77. Rakshasa Rajav (2001)
  78. Vakkalathu Narayanankutty (2001)
  79. Cover Story (2000)
  80. Rapid Action Force (2000) as Koshi Naina
  81. Mera Naam Joker (2000) as Ittoop
  82. The Warrant (2000) as Navajeevan Madhavji
  83. Dada Sahib (2000) as Skaraia Zachariah
  84. Satyameva Jayate (2000)
  85. Kallukondoru Pennu (2000) as Sreekandan
  86. Aakasha Ganga (1999)
  87. Aayiram Meni (1999)
  88. Parasala Pachan Payyannoor Paramu (1999)
  89. Crime File (1999) as Mammala Mammachen
  90. Deepasthambham Mahascharam (1999)
  91. Ezhupunna Tharakan (1999) as Kumbanadan Lazar
  92. Independence (1999)
  93. Jananayakan(1999) as Doraiswami
  94. Panchapandavar (1999)
  95. Swastham Grihabaranam (1999)
  96. Alibabayum Arara Kallanmarum (1998)
  97. Achammakuttiyude Achayan (1998), also director (debut)
  98. Dravidan (1998)
  99. Grama Panchayath (1998)
  100. Kallu Kondoru Pennu (1998)
  101. Vismayam (1998)
  102. Kalaapam (1998) as Vaniyamkulam Vishwam
  103. Kottaram Veettile Apputtan (1998)
  104. Varnapakittu (1997) as Pappan
  105. Aattuvela (1997)
  106. Bhoopathi (1997)
  107. Masmaram (1997)
  108. Asuravamsam (1997) as Moosa Settu
  109. Ekkareyanente Manasam (1997) as Sumathi's Uncle
  110. Janathipathyam (1997)
  111. Junior Mandrake (1997)
  112. Kalyana Unnikal (1997)
  113. Kottapurathe Koottukudumbam (1997)
  114. Manthramothiram (1997)
  115. Newspaper Boy (1997)
  116. Azhakiya Ravanan (1997)
  117. Kinnam Katta Kallan (1996) as Doctor Raghav
  118. Malayala Masom Chingam Onnu (1996)
  119. Mookkilla Rajyathu Murimookkan Rajavu (1996)
  120. Sathyabhaamaykkoru Pranayalekhanam (1996)
  121. Mr. Clean (1996)
  122. Dominic Presentation (1996) as Marthandan Pilla
  123. Yuvathurki (1996)
  124. Patanayakan (1996)
  125. Saamoohyapadom (1995)
  126. Alanchery Thambrakal (1995)
  127. The King (1995)
  128. Special Squad (1995) as Fernandez
  129. Peterscott (1995) as Doctor
  130. Thirumanassu (1995) as Divan Thampi
  131. Oru Abhibhashakante Case Diary (1995)
  132. Agrajan (1995)
  133. Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava (1995)
  134. Kalamasseriyil Kalyanayogam (1995)
  135. Karma (1995)
  136. Kidilol Kidilam (1995)
  137. Mimics Action 500 (1995) as Manimala Mamachan
  138. Kokkarakko (1995)
  139. Maanthrikam (1995)
  140. Mazhavilkoodaram (1995)
  141. Puthukottyile Puthu Manavalan (1995)
  142. Commissioner (1995)
  143. Sphadikam (1995) as Manimala Vakkachan
  144. Ezharakkoottam (1995)
  145. Three Men Army (1995)
  146. Tom & Jerry (1995)
  147. Cabinet (1994) as Varghesekutty
  148. Kudumba Visesham (1994)
  149. Manathe Kottaram (1994)
  150. Njan Kodiswaran (1994)
  151. Kambolam (1994) as Thommichan
  152. Rudraksham (1994)
  153. Kadal (1994) as Musthafa Haji
  154. Gandeevam (1994) as Karunakaran Nair
  155. Puthran (1994) as Easho
  156. Chukkan (1994) as Anandakrishna Iyyer
  157. Commissioner (1994) as Rajan Philip
  158. Palayam (1993)
  159. Gentleman (1993)
  160. Aayirappara (1993)
  161. Ekalavyan (1993)
  162. Injakkadan Mathai & Sons (1993)
  163. Janam (1993) as Dasappan
  164. Mafia (1993) as Moosakutty
  165. Pravachakan (1993)
  166. Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans (1993)
  167. Ente Ponnu Thampuran (1992)
  168. First Bell (1992)
  169. Kizhakkan Pathrose (1992) as Chandi Muthalaali
  170. Ardram (1992) as Mathai
  171. Kaazhchakkppuram (1992)
  172. Maanyanmaar (1992)
  173. Aparatha (1992) as Madhavan
  174. Kuttapathram (1991) as Augustine Fernandez
  175. Mookkilyarajyathu (1991)
  176. Amina Tailors (1991) as Hydrose Moori
  177. Thudarkadha (1991) as Receiver Shivasankaran
  178. Chakravarthy (1991) as Patrick Perreira
  179. Ezhunnallathu (1991)
  180. Kadinjool Kalyanam (1991) as Thalaivar Vellai Chami
  181. Oliyampukal (1990) as Nanu
  182. Appu (1990)
  183. Ee Kannilkoodi (1990)
  184. Indrajaalam (1990) as Carlos
  185. Vyooham (1990)
  186. Swantham Ennu Karuthi (1989)
  187. Samvalsarangal (1988)
  188. Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986)
  189. Shyama (1986)
  190. Makan Ente Makan (1985)
  191. Akalathe Ambili (1985)
  192. Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983)
  193. Sphodanam (1981)
  194. Sanchary (1981) Chekuthaan Varghese

TamilEdit

  1. Malayan (2009)
  2. Karthik Anitha (2009)
  3. Thenavattu (2008)
  4. Vambu Sandai (2008)
  5. Manase Mounama (2007)
  6. Kalinga (2006)
  7. Aathi (2006)
  8. Manthiran (2005)
  9. Sukran (2005)
  10. Campus (2004)
  11. Jai (2004)
  12. Nadhi Karaiyinile (2003)
  13. Sri Bannari Amman (2002)
  14. Bala (2002)
  15. Red (2002)
  16. Thaalikaatha Kaaliamman (2001)
  17. Kushi (2000)
  18. Simmasanam (2000)
  19. Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham (1999)
  20. Poomagal Oorvalam (1999)
  21. En Uyir Nee Thaane (1998)
  22. Golmaal (1998)
  23. Periya Idathu Mappillai (1997)
  24. Love Today (1997)
  25. Vaimaye Vellum (1997)
  26. Selva (1996)
  27. Sengottai (1996)
  28. Gentleman (1993)
  29. Suriyan (1992)
  30. Naangal (1992)
  31. Vasanthakala Paravai (1991)

TeluguEdit

  1. Krishna (2008)
  2. Lakshmi Putrudu (2008)
  3. Kalidasu (2008)
  4. Yogi (2007)
  5. Veerabhadra (2005)
  6. Bunny (2005)
  7. Balu ABCDEFG (2005)
  8. Gudumba Shankar (2004)
  9. Arjun (2004)
  10. Arya (2004)
  11. Okkadu (2003)
  12. Dil (2003)
  13. Naaga (2003)
  14. Aadi (2002)
  15. Khushi (2001)
  16. Gentleman(1993)

As DirectorEdit

  1. Achamakuttiyude Achayan (1998)
  2. Achante Kochumol (2003)
  3. Maniyarakallan (2005)

SerialsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The 'wild horse' has left all, for ever". The New Indian Express. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Veteran Malayalam actor Rajan P. Dev dead". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  3. ^ "CiniDiary". cinidiary.com. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Mangalam varika 9 july 2012". mangalamvarika.com. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Actor who never gave up theatre despite the lure of filmdom". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Kattukuthira in play acts (in Malayalam)". Malayalam Webduniya. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Veteran actor Rajan P. Dev dead". Sify. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
  8. ^ "Kayal rajavu and Simham remained (in Malayalam)". Malayalam Webduniya. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Veteran Malayalam actor Rajan P. Dev dead". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
  10. ^ "Actor Rajan P Dev passes away". The Press Trust of India. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009.

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