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Born 11 December 1959
Kollengode, Kerala, India
Died 19 March 2008(2008-03-19) (aged 48)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Occupation Film actor
Height 6.3 ft (192 cm)
Spouse(s) Rohini (1996–2004) (divorced)
Children Rishi Varan (b.1998)
Parent(s) Chunkamandathu V. Velayudhan
S. R. Kasthuri

Raghuvaran (11 December 1959 – 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."[1]

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.

Personal life[edit]

He was born as the eldest among four children in 1959[1] at Kollengode in Mathur, Palakkad district, Kerala. He was the grandson of Mr. N. Radha Krishna Menon and son of Chunkamannathu Velayudhan and Kasthuri.[2] 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.[3]

He discontinued his Bachelor of Arts in History from Coimbatore (Govt. Arts College) to pursue a career in acting.[4] 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.

He was married to Actress Rohini in 1996 and they have a son Rishi Varan born in 1998. The couple later got separated and divorced in 2004.[1]


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).[5] 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 did 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 reach 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.[6]


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.


Raghuvaran died on 19 March 2008.[1] cause of the death has been disclosed as organ failure caused by excessive alcohol consumption[7]

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.



Year Film Role Language Type
1982 Kakka Malayalam Anti Hero
Ezhavathu Manithan Anand Tamil Hero
Marumagale Vazhga Dr. Saravanan Tamil
1983 Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu Tamil Hero
Rugma Malayalam Supporting
Silk Silk Silk Tamil Villain
1984 Nee Thodumbothu Tamil Hero
Mudivalla Arambam Tamil Hero
1985 Kutravaaligal Tamil Villain
Engirunthalum Vazhga Tamil Hero
1986 Mr. Bharath Tamil Villain
Samsaram Adhu Minsaram Chidamabaram Tamil Supporting
Meendum Pallavi Tamil Hero
Mandhira Punnagai Daniel Miranda Tamil Villain
1987 Pasivadi Pranam Venu Telugu Villain
Oorkavalan Dorai Tamil Villain
Michael Raj Tamil Hero
Megam Karuththirukku Tamil Supporting
Kootu Puzhukkal Tamil Hero
Kavithai Paada Neramillai Tamil Hero
Manithan Tamil Villain
Makkal En Pakkam Tamil Supporting
Poovizhi Vasalile Anand Tamil Villain
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Alex Tamil Supporting
Kaliyugam Tamil Hero
Thaimel Aanai Vinod Tamil Hero
Kai Naattu Tamil Hero
Kuttravali Tamil Hero
Koil Mani Osai Tamil Villain
Irandil Ondru Tamil Villain
En Vazhi Thani Vazhi Tamil Hero
Annanagar Mudhal Theru Tamil Supporting
1989 Siva Tamil Supporting
Rudranetra Black Cobra Telugu Villain
Lankeshwarudu Telugu Villain
Rettai Kuzhal Thuppaki Tamil Villain
Raja Chinna Roja Raghu Tamil Villain
Shiva Bhavani Telugu Villain
Idhu Unga Kudumbam Tamil Hero
Dhanushkodi Malayalam Supporting


Year Film Role Language Type
1990 Vyooham Tony Leous Malayalam Hero
Puriyaadha Pudhir Tamil Villain
Izzatdaar Indrajeet Sabharwal Hindi Villain
Anjali Shekar Tamil Hero
Thyagu Tamil Hero
Shiva Bhavani Hindi Villain
Pagalil Pournami Tamil Villain
1991 Chaithanya Raana Telugu Villain
1992 Soorya Manasam Malayalam Villain
Daivathinte Vikrithikal Alphonso Malayalam Hero
Kizhakkan Pathrose Malayalam Villain
Dhool Parakuthu Tamil Hero
Kavacham Ravi Malayalam Hero
1993 Addeham Enna Iddeham Malayalam Villain
Konjum Kili Tamil Hero
1994 Paasamalargal Tamil Supporting
Kadhalan Mallikarjuna Tamil Villain
1995 Baashha Mark Antony Tamil Villain
Kolangal Bairavan Tamil Villain
Maanthrikam Abdul Rahiman Malayalam Supporting
Peter Scott Leo Fernandez Malayalam Supporting
Muthu Devan Tamil Villain
Thotta Chinungi Gopal Tamil Hero
1996 Rakshak Raghu Hindi Villain
Circle Inspector Kannada Villain
Selva Varatharajan Tamil Villain
Take It Easy Urvasi Tamil Villain
1997 Anaganaga Oka Roju Telugu Supporting
Arunachalam Vishwanath Tamil Villain
Love Today Chandrasekar Tamil Supporting
Ullaasam G. K. Tamil Supporting
Abhimanyu Masilamani Tamil Villain
Nerukku Ner Raghu Tamil Supporting
Aahaa Raghu Tamil Supporting
Ratchagan Easwar Tamil Villain
1998 Suswagatham Dr. Chandra Shekar Telugu Supporting
Jai Hind Kannada Villain
Government Kannada Villain
Thulli Thirintha Kaalam Tamil Supporting
Hitler Hindi Villain
Iniyavale Ramanathan Tamil Supporting
Poonthottam Tamil Villain
Nilaave Vaa Siva Tamil Supporting
1999 Suriya Paarvai Jayanth Tamil Villain
En Swasa Kaatre Tamil Supporting
Endrendrum Kadhal Shekar Tamil Supporting
Lal Baadshah Vikram Singh Hindi Villain
Oruvan Krishna Prasad Tamil Villain
Amarkalam Tulasi Das Tamil Supporting
Anaganaga Oka Ammayi Bhavani Prasad Telugu
Pooparika Varugirom Ranganathan Tamil Supporting
Mudhalvan Aranganathan Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
Iraniyan Aande Tamil Villain
Prathyartha Kannada Villain


Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Rajasekhar Tamil
Good Luck Chandramohan Tamil
Sudhandhiram Raghu Tamil
Mugavaree Shiva Tamil
Vallarasu Tamil
Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil
Pelli Sambandham Telugu
Parthen Rasithen Panneer Tamil
Uyirile Kalanthathu Raghuraman Tamil
Azad Deva Telugu
2001 Grahan Raghu Sinha Hindi
Dosth Raghu Tamil
Narasimha Raana Tamil
Star Dhanushkodi Tamil
Majunu Gajapathy Tamil
2002 Seema Simham Visweswara Rao Telugu
Dhaya Rudrayya Tamil
Roja Kootam Tamil
Run Tamil
University Tamilselvan Tamil
Bobby K. R. Telugu
I Love You Da Rajkishore Tamil
Bala Jeyamani Tamil
Kadhal Virus Tamil
2003 Naaga NTR' s father Telugu
Johnny Telugu
Alaudin Gangadhar Tamil
Ullam Tamil Straight-to-DVD release
Alai Tamil
Anjaneya Venketeswaran Tamil
Thirumalai Artist Tamil
Anbe Un Vasam Tamil
2004 Jana Jana's father Tamil
Durgi Kannada
Naani Telugu
Arasatchi Tamil
Jananam Udaya Murthy Tamil
Mass satya Telugu
2005 Sachein Gowtham Tamil
2006 Sivappathigaram Elango Tamil
2007 Bhasmasuran Malayalam
Deepavali Tamil Guest appearance
Evadaithe Nakenti Telugu
Nalladhor Veenai Tamil
Sivaji Chezhian Tamil
Marudhamalai Suryanarayanan Tamil
2008 Bheema Periyavar Tamil
Ashoka Tamil
Thodakkam Vanchinathan Tamil
Pellikani Prasad Telugu
Sila Nerangalil Krishnan Tamil
Aatadista Telugu
Yaaradi Nee Mohini Vasu's father Tamil
Ellam Avan Seyal Jagadeeswaran Tamil
2009 Bank Hindi
Manjira Telugu

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