Pratap K. Pothen

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Pratap K. Pothen
Born (1952-10-10) 10 October 1952 (age 67)
Years active1978 – 1995
2005 – present
  • (
    m. 1985; div. 1986)
  • Amala Satyanath Pothen
    m. 1990)
ChildrenKeya (b. 1991)
  • Kulathunkal Pothen
  • Ponnamma Pothen

Pratap K. Pothen, popularly known as Pratap Pothen, is an Indian actor, director, writer, and producer who has acted in about 100 films. He has acted in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu as well as Hindi films. He directed films in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Pratap was born in Thiruvananthapuram. His father Kolathinkal Pothen was a well known businessman of Thiruvananthapuram.[2] He has two brothers and two sisters.[3] He did his schooling at Lawrence School, Lovedale, in Ooty. He finished Schooling in 1968. His elder brother Hari Pothen was also a film producer was married to then-famous actress Jayabharathi for a short while. His father died when he was 18. 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.

College life[edit]

Pratap gained admission to Madras Christian College (MCC), Madras. Pratap 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 1971. 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[4] went about shedding his shy schoolboy skin and embracing a culture of theatre and art.

Film career[edit]

Pratap acted with The Madras Players.[5] 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 such as Thakara and Chamaram. Chamaram dealt with the tumultuous affair between a student and his college lecturer.

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

After a few years break from Malayalam movies, Pratap made his comeback in 2012 by acting in 22 Female Kottayam in a negative role. The film made him more popular in Mollywood. It was the comeback of Pratap Pothen and he acted in several more movies including the super hit Ayallum Njanum Thammil, 3 Dots, Idukki Gold and Arikil Oraal.

Film director[edit]

Pratap directed in Tamil, Malayalam & Telugu.

Notable Filmography:

In Malayalam:

  • Rithubhedam (1987), which tells of the agony of an illegitimate child.
  • Daisy (1998), which sent a romantic wave throughout Kerala.
  • Oru Yathramozhi, which was about a son in search of his unknown father.

In Tamil: Jeeva(1988) Vetri Vizha (1989), My Dear Marthandan (1990), Athma (1993), Magudam (1992), Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai (1985), Seevalaperi Pandi (1994) & Lucky Man (1995).

He also directed a Telugu film – Chaitanya (1991).

In 2006, Pratap Pothan announced that he would direct Madhavan in a script written by K. Rajeswar. Pre-production works proved to be difficult and the film went through several changes of title and lead actress, before it was announced that the film would be called Oru Naal Podhuma and would feature Rukmini Vijayakumar in the leading female role. The team had made plans to complete shooting for the film in Canada, though creative differences meant that the film was subsequently shelved.[6][7]

Recent projects[edit]

In the last few years, he was busy with his ad agency named "Green Apple" and focused on commercials for MRF Tyres and Nippo. He used to host Naalaya Iyakkunar on Kalaignar TV. Now Pratap Pothen is active as an actor.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Pratap was married twice. His first marriage was with leading actress Raadhika in 1985 and subsequently they divorced in 1986. His second marriage was with Amala Satyanath Pothen in 1990, a senior corporate professional and they have a daughter Keya born in 1991.[9]


As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1978 Aaravam Kokkarakko Malayalam
1979 Thakara Thakara Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam
1979 Azhiyadha Kolangal Tamil
1980 Lorry Dasappan Malayalam
1980 Pappu Pappu Malayalam
1980 Oormakale Vida Tharu Malayalam
1980 Arohanam 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
1980 Ilamai Kolam Tamil
1980 Nenjathai Killathe Ram Tamil
1981 Karaiyellam Shenbagapoo Tamil
1981 Madhu Malar Tamil
1981 Aakali Rajyam Telugu
1981 Kudumbam Oru Kadambam Kannan Tamil
1981 Panneer Pushpangal Tamil
1981 Aparna Malayalam
1981 Sollathe Yarum Kettaal Tamil
1981 Nenjil Oru Mul Tamil
1981 Vaa Intha Pakkam Tamil
1981 Thillu Mullu Tamil
1981 Rani Tamil
1981 Panimalar Tamil
1982 Vazhvey Maayam Tamil
1982 Amma Tamil
1982 Echchil Iravugal Tamil
1982 Oru Varisu Uruvagiradhu Tamil
1982 Sattam Sirikkiradhu Tamil
1982 Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam Anil-Raju Malayalam
1982 Olangal Malayalam
1982 Idavela Malayalam
1982 Eera Vizhi Kaaviyangal Tamil
1982 Nandri, Meendum Varuga Tamil
1982 Preeyasakhi Radha Malayalam
1982 Novemberinte Nashtam Das Malayalam
1983 America America Baby Malayalam
1983 Yudhakaandam Tamil
1983 Kaikeyi Malayalam
1984 Kanchana Ganga Mohan Telugu
1984 Pudhumai Penn Tamil
1984 Justice Chakravarthy Telugu
1984 Aksharangal Malayalam
1984 Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai Tamil Also director
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Sanjeevi Tamil
1986 Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare Josekutty Malayalam
1987 Manaivi Ready Doctor Tamil
1987 Jallikattu Tamil Guest appearance
1987 Nirabhedangal Jayadevan Malayalam
1987 Pesum Padam Tamil
1988 En Jeevan Paduthu Tamil
1988 Pushpaka Vimana Silent (Kannada)
1988 Penmani Aval Kanmani Parandhaman Tamil
1988 Raththa Dhanam Tamil
1988 Ithuthan Arambam Tamil
1990 Sirayil Sila Raagangal Tamil
1992 Amaran Raja Varma Tamil
1997 Thedinen Vanthathu Vicky Tamil
2005 Priyasakhi Priya's father Tamil
2005 Raam Psychiatrist Tamil
2005 Thanmathra Doctor Malayalam
2006 Chukkallo Chandrudu Prakash 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 Balu's father 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 C S Nambiar Malayalam
2014 Bangalore Days Francis Malayalam
2014 Alice: A True Story Dr. Sivapanchanathan Malayalam
2014 Munnariyippu KK Malayalam
2014 Poojai Divya's Father Tamil
2014 Vegam Benny Malayalam
2015 Mariyam Mukku Father Gabriel Malayalam
2015 Appavum Veenjum Fernandez Malayalam
2015 Kanal Raghu Malayalam
2016 Remo Dr. Ravichandran Tamil
2016 Ma Chu Ka Police officer Tamil,
2017 Ezra Col.Nambiar Malayalam
2017 Sathura Adi 3500 Fahad Tamil
2017 Veedevadu Telugu
2017 Yaar Ivan Tamil
2019 Uyare Senior Air Traffic Controller Malayalam
2019 Kolaiyuthir Kaalam Tamil
2020 Pachamanga Malayalam
2020 Forensic Malayalam
2020 Ponmagal Vandhal Judge Tamil
TBA Barroz: Guardian of D'Gama's Treasure Voodoo doll Malayalam

As director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1985 Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai Tamil Also actor
Also writer
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director
1987 Rithubhedam Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Director – Malayalam
1988 Daisy Malayalam Also writer
1988 Jeeva Tamil Also writer
1989 Vetri Vizha Tamil Also writer
1990 My Dear Marthandan Tamil Also writer
1991 Chaitanya Telugu Also writer
1992 Magudam Tamil Also writer
1993 Athma Tamil Also writer
1994 Seevalaperi Pandi Tamil
1995 Lucky Man Tamil Also writer
1997 Oru Yathramozhi Malayalam

As writer[edit]


  • Naalaya Iyakkunar (Kalaignar TV)


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