Prathap K. Pothan

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Prathap K. Pothan
Born 13th August 1955 (age:59)
Trivandrum, Travancore, India
Other names Prathap
Occupation Actor, writer, film director, film producer
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Raadhika(1985-1986)(divorced),
Amala Satyanath(1990-2012)(divorced)
Children Keya

Prathap K. Pothan, popularly known by his first name Prathap, is an Indian actor, director, writer, producer who has acted in about 95 films. He has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu as well as Hindi films. His directional ventures were in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

His father Kolathinkal Pothan was a well known business man of Thiruvananthapuram.[2] He did his schooling from, Lawrence School, Lovedale, in Ooty. He finished Schooling in 1968. His elder brother Hari Pothan is also a film producer was married to then famous actress Jayabharathi for a short while. His father died when he was 15. The youngest of five children, he grew up in a household where art, politics, entertainment and business co-existed, allowing him to experience a large cross-section of life from his ancestral home in Trivandrum in Kerala. Pratap married Amala Satyanath Pothen in 1990, a senior corporate professional and they have one daughter Keya Pothen who is 22 years old.[3]

College life[edit]

Pratap gained admission to Madras Christian College (MCC), Madras. Pratap[4] remained friends with those he went to school and MCC with. His friends helped him act in plays at college and his interest turned to acting from painting.

He left MCC with a B.A in economics in 1972. Pratap started to work as a copywriter in an ad agency in Mumbai. After a year, he joined Sistas ad agency. Later he worked for Hindustan Thomson.

During the late sixties and early seventies, armed with a boarding school education from Ooty and awakened by an amazing bohemian experience gained 'chasing the wind' during his college days at MCC in Madras, the young Prathap[5] went about shedding his shy schoolboy skin and embracing a culture of theatre and art.

Film career[edit]

Pratap acted with The Madras Players.[6] The late director Bharathan enjoyed Pratap's performance in Shaw's play Androcles and the Lion, and invited him to act in his Malayalam film Aaravam. Pratap acted in critically acclaimed films like 'Thakara' and 'Chamaram'. Chamaram dealt with the tumultuous affair between a student and his college lecturer.

Films like Nenjathai Killathe, Panneer Pushpangal, Moodupani and Varumayin Niram Sivappu made Pratap famous in Tamil also.

Film director[edit]

Pratap directed three films in Malayalam:

  • Rithubetham, which tells the agony of a 'bastard'
  • 'Daisy', which sent a romantic wave throughout Kerala
  • Oru Yathramozhi, which was about a son in search of his unknown father.

He also directed a Telugu film – 'Chaithanya'. Seevalapperi Pandi, Jeeva, Vetrivizha are Some of the popular films he directed in Tamil.

Recent projects[edit]

In the last eight years he has been busy with his ad agency named Green Apple and focused on commercials for MRF Tyres and Nippo. He is currently hosting Naalaya Iyakkunar in Kalaignar TV.

Pratap has his Facebook fan page[7] through which he interacts with his fans, and the fan page also has pictures from his film days.


His first National Film Award was the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director for the film Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai.[citation needed]


As Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1979 Azhiyadha Kolangal Tamil
1980 Aaravam Kokkarakko Malayalam
1980 Thakara Thakara Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam
1980 Lorry Dasappan Malayalam
1980 Pappu Pappu Malayalam
1980 Ormakale Vida Tharoo Malayalam
1980 Arohanam Malayalam
1980 Manju Moodal Manju Malayalam
1980 Thaliritta Kinakkal Malayalam
1980 Chamaram Vinod Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam
1980 Chandra Bimbam Gopi Malayalam
1980 Varumayin Niram Sivappu Tamil
1980 Moodu Pani Chandru Tamil
1981 Kariyallam Shenbaga Poo Tamil
1981 Aakali Rajyam Telugu
1981 Kudumbam Oru Kadambam Kannan Tamil
1981 Panneer Pushpangal Tamil
1981 Aparna Malayalam
1981 Thillu Mullu Tamil
1982 Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam Anil-Raju Malayalam
1982 Olangal Malayalam
1982 Idavela Malayalam
1982 Eera Vizhi Kaaviyangal Tamil
1982 Priyasakhi Radha Malayalam
1982 Premabhishekam Pratap Malayalam
1982 Vazhvey Maayam Tamil
1982 Novemberinte Nashtam Das Malayalam
1983 America America Baby Malayalam
1983 Kaikeyi Malayalam
1984 Justice Chakravarthi Telugu
1984 Akshrangal Malayalam
1984 Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai Tamil Director
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Sanjeevi Tamil
1986 Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare Josekutty Malayalam
1987 Jallikattu Tamil Guest appearance
1987 Nirabhedangal Sunitha Father, Malayalam
1988 Daisy Malayalam Director
1988 En Jeevan Paduthu Tamil
1988 Pushpak Tamil
1989 Vetri Vizha Tamil Director
1990 My Dear Marthandan Tamil Director
1991 Chaitanya Telugu Director
1993 Atma Tamil Director
1994 Seevalaperi Pandi Tamil Director
1995 Lucky Man Vicky Tamil Director
1997 Thedinen vanthathu Tamil Director
2005 Priyasakhi Priya's father Tamil
2005 Ram Psychiatrist Tamil
2005 Thanmathra Doctor Malayalam
2006 Chukkallo Chandrudu Telugu
2007 Guru K R Menon I.A.S. Hindi
2008 Velli Thirai Tamil
2009 Calendar Malayalam
2009 Padikathavan Ramakrishnan Tamil
2009 Sarvam Psychiatrist Tamil Cameo role
2010 Aayirathil Oruvan Chandramouli Tamil
2010 Veerasekaran Tamil
2010 Maro Charitra Telugu
2010 Pulliman Malayalam
2011 Muran Tamil
2012 22 Female Kottayam Hegde Malayalam SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
2012 Ayalum Njanum Thammil Dr.Samuel Malayalam Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2012 Suzhal Matthews Tamil
2013 Alex Pandian Radhakrishnan Tamil
2013 3 Dots Padmakumar/Pappettan Malayalam
2013 Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Alex Paul Malayalam
2013 Up & Down - Mukalil Oralundu Edathil Govindan Nair Malayalam
2013 Arikil Oraal Sudhir Bose Malayalam
2013 Idukki Gold Micheal Malayalam
2014 London Bridge CS/ Cs nambyar Malayalam
2014 Bangalore Days Natasha's Father Malayalam

As Director[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Notes
1985 Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai Tamil Raadhika, Prathap K. Pothan Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director
1987 Hruthubhedam Malayalam Thilakan, Vineeth Filmfare Award for Best Director – Malayalam
1988 Jeeva Tamil Sathyaraj, Amala, Captain Raju
1988 Daisy Malayalam Harish, Sonia, Lakshmi, Kamal Hassan
1989 Vetri Vizha Tamil Kamal Hassan, Prabhu, Amala, Sasikala, Kushboo
1990 My Dear Marthandan Tamil Prabhu, Kushboo
1991 Chaithanya Telugu Nagarjuna, Gouthami, Raghuvaran
1992 Magudam Tamil Sathyaraj, Bhanupriya, Gouthami
1993 Athma Tamil Ramki, Rahman, Gouthami
1994 Seevalaperi Pandi Tamil Napoleon, Saranya
1995 Lucky Man Tamil Karthik, Ranjitha, Goundamani, Senthil
1995 Oru Yathramozhi Malayalam Sivaji Ganesan, Mohanlal, Ranjitha


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