Sunday, August 3, 2014

RAGHAVAN

Raghavan is a living legend of Malayalam films who has acted in more than 100 films out of which several  are critically acclaimed films.He had acted along with yesteryear legends who left this world  like 'Prem Nazir,Sathyan,Jayan,Vincent,M.G.Soman,Sukumaran,K.P.Ummer,Sudheer,Adoor Bhasi,Bahadur,Nellikode Bhaskaran,Thikkurissi,Gemini Ganesan' etc and acted opposite heroines like  Sreevidya,Rani Chandra etc also.
He acted along with veteran actor and director Madhu in several films. He acted opposite Jayabharathy,Sheela,Sharada,Unnimary,Roja Ramani etc also.
He acted in protagonist roles,in supporting roles and later confined to character roles.He has also acted in many TV serials.
Raghavan was born in Thaliparamba in the year 1941 and he has taken diploma in acting from National School of Drama,New Delhi.
His debut film was 'Kayalkarayil' in 1968 and he appeared in many films of those period in supporting roles.
He acted in supporting role of super-hit film 'Abhijathyam' directed by A.Vincent in 1971.Madhu and Sharada were the main pair of this film.
'Ummachu' was a hit film directed by P.Bhaskaran based on a novel of the same title written by 'Uroob' in which Madhu,Sheela,Adoor Bhasi,Nellikode Bhaskaran etc acted.
P.N.Menon
'Chembarathi' was a super-hit film directed by P.N.Menon in which Roja Ramani acted as heroine for the first time.She was a child artist till then.Raghavan was the hero and acted   along with Madhu, Rani Chandra and Sudheer.Raghavan and Sudheer earned accolades and much popularity by this movie.It won Kerala State Film Award as Second Best film in 1972.Chembarathy was remade in Tamil in the year  1974 as 'Paruva Kalam' with Kamala Hassan and Roja Ramani as the main pair.
Raghavan became a favourite actor of Director P.N.Menon and acted in many other films of this director such as 'Chayam,Gayathri,Mazhakkaru,Darsanam,Taxi Driver' etc.
'Chayam' was also a superhit film in which Roja Ramani was the heroine.
'Gayathri' was a film which was scripted by 'Malayattoor Ramakrishnan' and it won Kerala State Award as Second Best film of 1973 and National Film Award as Best Feature in Malayalam of that year.It won President's  medal for National Integrity.M.G.Soman was the hero of this film.
'Vadakakkoru Hridayam' was directed by I.V.Sasi in which  Madhu,Raghavan,M.G.Soman portrayed  equally important lead roles.Jayabharathy was the heroine and the film was based on a novel written by P.Padmarajan.
In the super-hit film 'Hridayam Oru Kshetram' Raghavan acted as Sreevidya's husband and an ailing patient who needed an urgent surgery.The doctor;s character was played by  'Madhu'  and he was her lover before the












 marriage with Raghavan. The doctor was meeting her  after a long time and both Doctor and Sreevidya were in emotional stress.The film which contained nice songs earned critical acclaim.
'Swami Ayyappan' which was based on Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple was made in Malayalam and Tamil by Neela Productions and was directed by Producer P.Subramanyam.Raghavan acted as a devotee of Lord Ayyappa and a pilgrim to Ayyappa Temple.
In 2012 he played a role in the film 'Ordinary' in which Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon were in lead roles.
In 2013 he acted in the film 'Aattakkatha' which was set in the background of 'Kathakali' which was directed by Kannan Perumudiyoor.Vineeth acted as the hero 'Unni' and Raghavan acted as his father.
Raghavan has appeared in several TV serials in recent years.
Raghavan has directed two Malayalam films 'Kilipattu, and Puthumazhathullikal'.
His son Jishnu also has acted in some Malayalam and other language films.
Selected Filmography
CID Nazir
Abhayam
Abhijathyam
Ummachu
Nrithasala
Chembarathi
Chayam
Darsanam
Mazhakkaru
Gayathri
Periyar
Sasthram Jayichu Manushyan Thottu
Nakhangal
Prethangalude Thazhvara
Swargaputhri
Urvashybharathi
Youvanam
Rajahamsam
Ayalathe Sundari
Bhoogolam Thiriyunnu
Swarna Vigraham

Swami Ayyappan
Niramala
Ulsavam
Ayodhya
Hridayam Oru Kshetram
Madhuram Thirumadhuram
Lighthouse
Sree Murugan
Adyapadam
Rajaparampara
Taxi Driver
Kaithappoo
Anumodanam
Anjatha Theerangal
Vadakakkoru Hridayam
Ival Oru Nadodi
Lajjavathy
Angadi
Ivar
Adhikaram
Lahari
Rangam
Chekkaranoru Chilla
Priyappetta Kukku
Kulam
Indriyam
Meghamalhar
Scene Onnu-Nammude Veedu
Ordinary
Attakatha



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