|Born||11 December 1955
Kollengode, Kerala, India
|Died||19 March 2008
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
|Alma mater||M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Rohini (1996–2004) (divorced)|
|Children||Rishi Varan (b.1997)|
|Parent(s)||Chunkamandathu V. Velayudhan
S. R. Kasthuri
Raghuvaran (11 December 1955 – 19 March 2008) was an Indian actor who predominantly acted in movies made in South India. He became famous for his portrayal of villain and character roles in Tamil films. He has acted in more than 200 Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films. According to the Hindustan Times, "The actor had carved a niche for himself with his special style and voice modulation."
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 eldest among four children in 1955 at Kollengode in Mathur, Palakkad district, Kerala. He was the grandson Mr. N. Radha Krishna Menon and Satyavathy Amma and son of Chunkamannathu Velayudhan and Kasthuri. When his father moved his hotel business from Mathur to Coimbatore and family shifted to Coimbatore. He had his primary education from St. Ann's Matric. Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore. He also learned piano from Trinity College London.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts in History from Coimbatore (Govt. Arts College) and discontinued his Masters to pursue a career in acting. He landed a minor role in the Kannada film Swapna Thingalgal. He began acting in small minor roles in Telugu and Kannada films including a two-minute scene as a rapist in Udaya.
From 1979 to 1983, he was part of an acting drama troupe in Chennai, Chennai Kings, which also included the Kannada/Tamil supporting actor, Nassar. He was spotted and cast in a small role in Ezhavathu Manithan which was his biggest role to date.
Raghuvaran's substance addictions hampered his career and left him repeatedly visiting rehabilitation clinics.
Following his beginnings on the stage, and a Diploma in acting from Adyar Film Institute in Chennai, Raghuvaran approached many Kollywood studios aiming for performance oriented roles and finally got selected one 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 as hero like Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu and Nee Thodumbothu released, but did n't became a huge success. But 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, 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 mid 80's Raghuvaran did many films as hero and most of them done 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, the common man in En Vazhi Thani Vazhi helped Raghuvaran's market value as hero to greater heights. But his desire to try all types of roles, like supporting actor as well as villain simultaneously halted the progress as hero, eventhough he played hero roles in Vyooham, Kavacham and Anjali later. His supporting roles in Annanagar Mudhal Theru and Siva was well received too.
Raghuvaran was pitted against Dilip Kumar in his Bollywood debut Izzatdaar and his popularity further soared at national level with Ram Gopal Varma' s gangster flick Shiva, where he played the dreaded gangster Bhawani. Other Bollywood films include like 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 roles 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 graph soaring more 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 the 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.
His death occurred during the filming stages of several films, including the Tamil film, Kanthaswamy wherein Raghuvaran's performances were left unused and were replaced with Ashish Vidyarthi, which resulted in the film's delayed release.
|1983||Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu||Tamil||Hero|
|Silk Silk Silk||Tamil||Villain|
|Samsaram Adhu Minsaram||Chidamabaram||Tamil||Supporting|
|Mandhira Punnagai||Daniel Miranda||Tamil||Villain|
|Kavithai Paada Neramillai||Tamil||Hero|
|Makkal En Pakkam||Tamil||Supporting|
|1988||En Bommukutty Ammavukku||Alex||Tamil||Supporting|
|Koil Mani Osai||Tamil||Villain|
|En Vazhi Thani Vazhi||Tamil||Hero|
|Annanagar Mudhal Theru||Tamil||Supporting|
|Rettai Kuzhal Thuppaki||Tamil||Villain|
|Raja Chinna Roja||Raghu||Tamil||Villain|
|Idhu Unga Kudumbam||Tamil||Hero|
|1993||Addeham Enna Iddeham||Malayalam||Villain|
|Take It Easy Urvasi||Tamil||Villain|
|1997||Anaganaga Oka Roju||Telugu||Supporting|
|Thulli Thirintha Kaalam||Tamil||Supporting|
|En Swasa Kaatre||Tamil||Supporting|
|Lal Baadshah||Vikram Singh||Hindi||Villain|
|Anaganaga Oka Ammayi||Bhavani Prasad||Telugu|
|Mudhalvan||Aranganathan||Tamil||Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain|
|2002||Seema Simham||Visweswara Rao||Telugu|
|I Love You Da||Tamil|
|2003||Naaga||NTR' s father||Telugu|
|Anbe Un Vasam||Tamil|
|Yaaradi Nee Mohini||Tamil|
|Ellam Avan Seyal||Jagadeeswaran||Tamil|
- "Actor Raghuvaran passes away- Hindustan Times".
- "Gulf Times article".
- "Raghuvaran: a classy villain". 30 March 2008. Retrieved 2014-03-15.