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Raghuvaran
Born
Raghuvaran Velayuthan Nair

(1958-12-11)11 December 1958
Died19 March 2008(2008-03-19) (aged 49)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor
Years active1982-2008
Spouse
(m. 1996; div. 2004)
ChildrenRishi Varan (b.2000)
Parent(s)Velayudhan Nair
Kasthuri

Raghuvaran Velayuthan Nair (11 December 1958 – 19 March 2008) was an Indian actor who predominantly acted in films made in South India. He has acted in more than 200 Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, 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 Manithanin Kathai, 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.

Raghuvaran's six-song music album, composed and sung by him, were officially released by actor Rajinikanth and the album was received by actress Rohini and Raghuvaran's son Rishi Varan.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He was born as the eldest among four children in 1958[1] at Kollengode in Palakkad district in Kerala. He was the grandson of Mr. N. Radhakrishnan Nair and son of Chunkamannathu N. R. Velayudhan Nair and Kasthuri Chakkungal.[3] When his father moved his hotel business from Mathur to Coimbatore, the family shifted to Coimbatore. He had his primary education from Stanes Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore. He also learned piano from Trinity College London.[3]

He discontinued his Bachelor of Arts in history from Coimbatore (Government Arts College) to pursue a career in acting.[4] He landed a minor role in the Kannada film Swapna Thingalgal. He began acting in minor roles in Telugu and Kannada films.

From 1979 to 1983, he was part of an acting drama troupe in Chennai, Chennai Kings, which also included the Tamil actor, Nassar. He was spotted and cast as the lead actor in Ezhavathu Manithan, which was his biggest role to date.

He married Rohini in 1996 and their son Rishi Varan was born in 2000. The couple later separated and divorced in 2004.[1]

Career[edit]

Following his beginnings on the stage, and a diploma in acting from M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute in Chennai, Raghuvaran approached many Kollywood studios aiming for performance oriented roles and finally got selected 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 with him as hero, like Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu and Nee Thodumbothu released, but did not become successes. 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, Poovizhi Vasalile, Manthira 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 a leading role[edit]

In the mid 1980s, Raghuvaran did many films as hero and most of them did good business as well. The films Michael Raj, Megam Karuththirukku, Koottu 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 and 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, even though he played hero roles in Vyooham, Kavacham and Anjali later. His supporting roles in Annanagar Mudhal Theru and Siva were well received too.[6]

Experimentation[edit]

Raghuvaran was pitted against Dilip Kumar in his Bollywood debut Izzatdaar and his popularity further soared at the national level with Ram Gopal Varma's gangster flick Shiva, where he played the dreaded gangster Bhawani. Other Bollywood films include 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 role 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 soar ever 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 Aranganathan (corrupt 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.[7]

Death[edit]

Raghuvaran died on 19 March 2008.[1] The cause of death was due to organ failure because of excessive alcohol consumption.[8] His death occurred during the filming stages of several films, including Kanthaswamy (2009), wherein Raghuvaran's portions were reshot with Ashish Vidyarthi, which resulted in the film's delayed release. His posthumous film, Aatadista, released shortly after his death.

Filmography[edit]

Tamil films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Ezhavathu Manithan Anand
Marumagale Vazhga Dr. Saravanan
1983 Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu
Vasanthame Varuga Suriyanarayanan
Silk Silk Silk Ashok Kumar
1984 Nee Thodumbothu
Mudivalla Arambam
1985 Kutravaaligal
Engirunthalum Vazhga
1986 Mr. Bharath Michael
Samsaram Adhu Minsaram Chidamabaram
Meendum Pallavi
Manthira Punnagai Daniel Miranda
1987 Poovizhi Vasalile Anand
Makkal En Pakkam Ramesh
Michael Raj
Megam Karuththirukku
Koottu Puzhukkal Surya
Kavithai Paada Neramillai
Oorkavalan Rajadurai
Manithan Kumaravelu
Ivargal Varungala Thoongal Raja
Arul Tharum Ayyappan
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Alex
Kaliyugam
Thaimel Aanai Vinod
Kai Naattu
Kuttravali
Koil Mani Osai
Irandil Ondru
En Vazhi Thani Vazhi Advocate Raja
Annanagar Mudhal Theru Janardhanan
1989 Siva John
Rettai Kuzhal Thuppaki
Raja Chinna Roja Bhaskar
Idhu Unga Kudumbam
1990 Puriyaadha Pudhir Chakravarthi
Anjali Shekar
Thiyagu Thiyagu
Pagalil Pournami Hindu saint
1991 Pudhiya Raagam Raghuraman
1992 Uyarnthavan
1993 Konjum Kili
Dhool Parakuthu
1994 Paasamalargal
Kadhalan Mallikarjuna
Veera Padhakkam Vadivelu
1995 Baashha Mark Antony
Manathile Oru Paattu James Cameo appearance
Witness Ramesh
Kolangal Bairavan
Muthu Rajasekhar
Maa Manithan Sigamani
Thotta Chinungi Gopal
1996 Selva Varatharajan
Take It Easy Urvashi Jaya
1997 Arunachalam Vishwanath
Love Today Chandrasekar
Ullaasam G. K.
Abhimanyu Maasilamani
Nerukku Ner Raghu
Aahaa..! Raghuraman
Ratchagan Gnaneswar
1998 Thulli Thirintha Kaalam Chidambaram
Iniyavale Ramanathan
Poonthottam Panneerselvam
Nilaave Vaa Siva
1999 Suriya Paarvai Jayanth
En Swasa Kaatre Pandian
Endrendrum Kadhal Shekar
Oruvan Krishna Prasad
Amarkalam Tulasi Das
Pooparika Varugirom Ranganathan
Mudhalvan Aranganathan
Iraniyan Aande
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Dr. Rajasekhar
Good Luck Chandra Mohan
Sudhandhiram Raghu
Mugavaree Shiva
Vallarasu DGP Jaganathan
Kandukondain Kandukondain Sowmya's Boss
Parthen Rasithen Panneer
Uyirile Kalanthathu Raghuraman
2001 Dosth Raghu
Narasimha Raana
Star Dhanushkodi
Majunu Gajapathy
2002 Red Sethupathy
Dhaya Major Rudhraiya
Roja Kootam Ilango's father
Run Shiva's brother-in-law
University Tamilselvan
I Love You Da Rajkishore
Bala Jeyamani
Kadhal Virus Kavitha's father
2003 Alaudin Gangadhar
Alai Aathi's father
Anjaneya Venketeswaran
Thirumalai Artist
Anbe Un Vasam V. Rathinavel Pandian
Kaiyodu Kai Manickavasagam
2004 Jana Jana's father
Arasatchi Ashok Mehta
Jananam Udhaya Moorthy
2005 Sachein Gowtham
2006 Sivappathigaram Elango
2007 Deepavali Dr. Devasaghayam Cameo appearance
Nalladhor Veenai
Sivaji Chezhian
Marudhamalai Suryanarayanan
2008 Bheema Periyavar
Ashoka
Thodakkam Vanchinathan
Sila Nerangalil Krishnan
Yaaradi Nee Mohini Vasu's father Posthumous film
Ellam Avan Seyal Jagadeeswaran Posthumous film
2009 Adada Enna Azhagu Himself Posthumous film; cameo appearance
2012 Ullam Posthumous film; delayed release

Telugu films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1987 Pasivadi Pranam Venu
Nyayaniki Sankellu Dhanraj
Jebu Donga[9] Teja
1988 Kanchana Seeta
Nyayaniki Siksha Prajapathi Rao
1989 Rudranetra Black Cobra
Lankeshwarudu
Shiva Bhavani
1991 Chaitanya Raana
1992 Lathi Avinash
Prema Drohi Drohi
Asadhyulu Dr. Pratap
1995 Mounam Mr. X
1996 Anaganaga Oka Roju Raghu
1998 Aahaa..! Raghuram
Suswagatham Dr. Chandra Shekar
1999 Anaganaga Oka Ammai Bhavani Prasad
2000 Pelli Sambandham
Azad Deva
2002 Seema Simham Visweswara Rao
Bobby K. R.
2003 Naaga Naaga's father
Johnny Ravishankar Damle
2004 Naani Scientist
Mass Satya
2006 Valliddari Vayasu Padahare Shekhar
2007 Evadaithe Nakenti Bal Gangadhar
2008 Aatadista Raghunath Posthumous film
Pellikani Prasad Posthumous film
2009 Bank Raghuvaran Posthumous film

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Film Role
1982 Kakka
1983 Rugma
1989 Dhanushkodi
1990 Vyooham Tony Leous
1991 Daivathinte Vikrithikal Alphonso
Kizhakkan Pathrose Anthony
1992 Kavacham Ravi
Soorya Manasam Shivan
1993 Addeham Enna Iddeham Perera
1995 Peter Scott Leo Fernandes
Maanthrikam Abdul Rahiman

Kannada films[edit]

Year Film Role
1996 Circle Inspector
1997 Kalavida
1998 Jai Hind
Government
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1999 Prathyartha Rakesh
2001 Asura Tulasi
2004 Durgi Jaydev

Hindi films[edit]

Year Film Role
1990 Izzatdaar Indrajeet Sabharwal
Shiva Bhavani
1996 Rakshak Raghu
1998 Hitler Ankush Raj
1999 Lal Baadshah Vikram Singh
2001 Grahan Raghu Sinha

Singer[edit]

Year Film Song Notes
2008 Thodakkam "Edhuthan Mudiyadhu"

Awards[edit]

  • Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain for Mudhalvan (1999)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Actor Raghuvaran passes away- Hindustan Times". Archived from the original on 12 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Did you know Raghuvaran was a musician? Rajinikanth launches late actor's music album". The News Minute. 3 February 2018. Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "CINIDIARY - A Complete Online Malayalam Cinema News Portal". cinidiary.com. Archived from the original on 26 May 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  4. ^ "- YouTube". YouTube. Archived from the original on 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Gulf Times article". Archived from the original on 24 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Raghuvaran: a classy villain". 30 March 2008. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Farewell, Raghuvaran!". 24 March 2008. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Tamil Cinema News | Tamil Movie Reviews | Tamil Movie Trailers - IndiaGlitz Tamil". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Jebu Donga (1987)". Indiancine.ma. Retrieved 20 June 2024.

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