Malayalam actor and filmmaker Pratap Pothen dies aged 70

Malayalam actor and filmmaker Pratap Pothen died Friday morning in Chennai. He was 70 years old. The actor was found dead in his apartment. He reportedly lives alone in Chennai. More details about his death are awaited. Pratap was last seen in Mammooty starrer CBI5 The Brain released a few months ago.

He has starred in nearly 100 films including Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu as well as Hindi films. He made his debut as an actor in director Bharatan’s 1978 film Aaravam and his other popular works include Thakara, Chamaram, 22 Female Kottayam. Films like Moodupani (1980), Varumayin Niram Sivappu (1980), Nenjathai Killathe (1980), Panneer Pushpangal (1981) also made Pratap famous in Tamil.

Pratap Pothen made his directorial debut with Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai in 1985, a story about a mentally ill couple and also won the national award. He has directed three movies in Malayalam – Rithubhedam, Daisy and Oru Yathramozhi starring Mohanlal and Sivaji Ganeshan.

Pratap married actress Raadhika in 1985. However, their marriage did not last long and they separated in 1986. He then remarried in 1990 to Amala Sathyanath who was a Senior Corporate Professional. The couple have a daughter Keya born in 1991. Their marriage also ended after 22 years, in 2012.

He was filming for Mohanlal’s next directorial Barroz: Nidhi Kaakkum Bhootham. The film is financed under the banner of Aashirvaad Cinemas and is based on the novel of the same name by Jijo Punnoose

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