Malayalam copywriter-turned-actor Prathap Pothen dies aged 69

Famous actor-director Prathap Pothen (69), known as one of the first proponents of hippie culture in Malayalam the film industry, died in his sleep in his apartment in Chennai Friday morning.



Over a career spanning four decades, poten acted in over 100 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telegu and Hindi. He has also directed a dozen films in addition to writing screenplays and producing films.

Coming from a prominent business family in Thiruvananthapuram, Pothen studied at Lawrence School in Ooty. A began his professional career in advertising as a copywriter.

In 1978, popular director Bharatan spotted and cast him for the “Aaravam”. In the 80’s, Pothen gained attention with his work in hit films like “Chamaram” and “Thakara”, among many others.

Pothen’s only distinguishing feature was that he never fit into the mainstream of the film industry. He has always stayed away from the routine culture of the Malayalam film industry.

He married the actress Radhika in 1985, which lasted a year, and later he married a business professional. The couple have a daughter who was present with them when he died at their apartment in Chennai.

Offer condolences on the death of Pothen, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “He will always be remembered for his style and the way he made his way through the industry. Even when he stayed out of the industry over the years, he will always be remembered. of him for his performance and now that he has passed away, his name will forever be etched in everyone’s memory.”

Pothen’s brother, Hari Pothen, was a popular producer who passed away in the mid-90s.

According to industry sources, the last rites would be performed in Chennai on Saturday.

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