Rajan P. Dev

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Rajan P. Dev
Rajan P. Dev 2008.jpg
Rajan P. Dev at the 2008 Association of Malayalam Movie Artists meeting in Kochi
Born (1951-05-29)29 May 1951
Cherthala, Travancore Cochin, India
Died 29 July 2009(2009-07-29) (aged 58)
Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation Stage and film actor, film director
Years active 1980–2009
Spouse(s) Santhamma

Rajan P Dev (29 May 1951[citation needed] – 29 July 2009) was an Indian film 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 140 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada language films. He was noted for his villain roles laced with a touch of humour. He came into 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.

Family[edit]

He is born to S.J Dev and Kuttyamma on 1954 at Thiruvalla. He has a sister, Raniyamma. He had his primary education from Govt. Boys Higher Secondary School, Cherthala, St. Michael's College, Cherthala and S.N. College, Cherthala.[2]

Rajan P Dev is married to Shanthamma. The couple have three children Asha, Jubilraj and Unni. Asha is married to Binoy a hotel businessman. Jubilraj tried his luck in few movies like Yakshiyum Njanum, Arabiponnu, Kunthapura etc.[3]

Stage career[edit]

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.[4] 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 pratagonist role of Kochuvava in his play Kattukuthira. The play, which was staged in over 100 venues and Dev became immensely popular all over Kerala. He received Kerala State Theater Best actor in 1984, 1986. [5] 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.[4]

Film career[edit]

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 Indrajalam (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 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 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 150 films he acted in, about 35 of the roles he played were of corrupt police officers, another testimonial to the several typecasted 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 Jayasurya, respectively.[8]

Death[edit]

Rajan P. Dev died in Kochi Wednesday 29 July 2009 at 6.30 in the morning.[9][10] He was admitted at Lakeshore hospital after vomiting blood. He was under treatment for liver disease for a long time. He is survived by his wife Santha, daughter Ashamma and son Jubin Raj. Funeral ceremony was held on Thursday, at 11 am at St. Xavier's church, Angamaly.[7][11] The last film that he had acted was Ringtone (film), directed by Ajmal.[12]

Filmography[edit]

As an actor[edit]

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

As Director[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The ‘wild horse’ has left all, for ever". The New Indian Express. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  2. ^ http://cinidiary.com/people.php?pigsection=Actor&picata=1&no_of_displayed_rows=45&no_of_rows_page=10&sletter=
  3. ^ "Mangalam varika 9 july 2012". mangalamvarika.com. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Actor who never gave up theatre despite the lure of filmdom". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 30 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  5. ^ http://www.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/malayalamContentView.do?contentId=12096335&programId=7940855&channelId=-1073750705&BV_ID=@@@&tabId=3
  6. ^ "Kattukuthira in play acts (in Malayalam)". Malayalam Webduniya. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  7. ^ a b "Veteran actor Rajan P. Dev dead". Sify. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  8. ^ "Kayal rajavu and Simham remained (in Malayalam)". Malayalam Webduniya. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  9. ^ "Veteran Malayalam actor Rajan P. Dev dead". TheIndian. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  10. ^ "Malayalam actor Rajan P. Dev dead". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  11. ^ "Veteran Malayalam actor Rajan P. Dev dead". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  12. ^ "Actor Rajan P Dev passes away". The Press Trust of India. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 

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