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Born February 8, 1954(1954-02-08)
Kollengode, Kerala, India
Died March 19, 2008 (aged 54)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Spouse(s) Rohini (divorced)

Raghuvaran (8 February 1954 – 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 150 Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films. The actor had carved a niche for himself with his special style and voice modulation[1] and was considered a natural actor.

He was noted for his stellar role as 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 Alphonse in the Malayalam movie Daivathinte Vikruthikal, directed by Lenin Rajendran and based on M. Mukundan's famous novel of the same name.


Personal life

He was born in 1954 near Kollengode in Palakkad district, Kerala[citation needed]. He was the grandson of Mr. N. Radha Krishna Menon and Late. Smt. Satyavathy Amma and son of Mr Velayudhan and Mrs. Kasturi[citation needed].

He dropped out of his Bachelor of Arts in Coimbatore(Govt Arts College) to pursue a career in Acting. He initially tried to make a foray into the Malayalam Industry but was informed that it was not very profitable and one needed money to get there. He landed a minor role in Kannada Film Swapna Thingalgal- starring Kannada veteran Ambrareesh. He began acting in small minor roles in Telegu and Kannada films including one as a Rapist (2 Minute Scene) in Udaya starring Kannada actor Vishnuvardhan.

From 1979 to 1983- he was part of the acting drama troupe in Chennai- Chennai Kings which also included another popular kannada/Tamil supporting actor- Nassar. He was spotted and cast in a small role in Ezhavathu Manithan which was his biggest role to date-from then he moved from success to success.

He was married to Malayalam actress Rohini(of the Magalir Mattum fame) and has a son with her, Sai Rishivaran. The couple separated and divorced later.[1]

Raghuvaran’s success as an actor was setback by his addiction to alcohol and drugs. He was in and out of rehabilitation clinics. [2]


Raghuvaran began as a stage actor and debuted in the 1982 Tamil film Elavathu Manithan (Seventh Man).[2] He bagged several state and Filmfare Awards for his outstanding performances in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films. He began his career as a supporting actor in a number of films in Tamil including Mani Rathnams Anjali as the father of a mentally retarded autistic child which was rated as one of his best performances as a supporting actor. However he later perfected in roles as a subtle and sophisticated villain in extremely memorable roles- like in Baasha as Mark Anthony, Mudhalvan as The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shiva and Muthu as Rajnikanth's Nephew Ilaimaran. In recent times,he went back to supporting roles- sometimes as a father or as a mentor in films such as Alai (Simbus Father), Yaaradi Nee Mohini (Dhanush's Father), Tirumalai (Vijays Friend and Mentor) and Bala (Shyams Mentor).

He has also acted in a number of Hindi movies such as Lal Badshah.

Raghuvaran's voice is a unique one and is subject to numerous mimicries. He has also won a number of State Awards and is regarded as one of the finest villains in the history of Tamil Cinema.

Raghuvaran was considered as lucky charm for Super Star Rajnikanth, They have acted together in many films and all films were successful, Rajnikanth claimed that the film BABA dint taste success because Raghuvaran was not in that movie, Later in the movie Sivaji-the Boss, Rajnikanth asked director Shankar to cast Raghuvaran in any role. And the movie was a huge success.


Raghuvaran died on 19 March 2008 in Chennai during Solar Eclipse at 6:15 AM as a result of a cardiac arrest. It is also said that he had a history of liver disease due to excessive consumption of liquor over a long period of time. He died in sleep.

His death occurred during the filming stages of several films, notably the high-budget Tamil film, Kanthaswamy. Raghuvaran's roles were later left unused and were replaced with Ashish Vidyarthi, which resulted in the film's delayed release.


Year Film Role Notes
2009 Kodiesvaran Posthumous film
2009 Nalvaravu Posthumous film
Uncredited; deleted scenes
2009 Kanthaswamy Posthumous film
Uncredited; deleted scenes
2009 Manjeera
2008 Adada Enna Azhagu Posthumous film
2008 Ellam Avan Seyal Posthumous film
2008 Yaaradi Nee Mohini Posthumous film
2008 Sila Nerangalil
2008 Thodakkam
2008 Pellikani Prasad Gopal Rao
2008 Ashoka
2008 Bheema Villain
2007 Marudhamalai
2007 Sivaji: The Boss Dr. Chezhian Guest Appearance
2007 Deepavali Guest Appearance
2007 Evadeithe Nakenti
2006 Sivappathigaram
2005 Sachein
2004 Durgi
2004 Mass
2004 Jana
2003 Thirumalai
2003 Anjaneya
2002 Bala
2002 Alaudin Gangadhar (Villain)
2002 Run
2002 Roja Kootam
2002 Dosth
2002 Dhaya
2002 Bobby
2001 Majunu
2001 Grahan
2000 Aazad
2000 Mugavari
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain
2000 Parthen Rasithen
1999 Thottachinungi
1999 Nilavae Vaa
1999 En Swaasa Katre
1999 Amarkalam
1999 Lal Baadshah
1999 Mudhalvan
1997 Anaganaga Oka Roju
1997 Arunachalam
1997 Love Today
1997 Nerrukku Ner
1997 Ratchagan
1997 Ullasam
1997 Suswagatham
1996 Rakshak Raghu
1995 Thotta Chinungi
1995 Baasha Mark Anthony
1995 Muthu
1994 Kadhalan Malli
1992 Daivathinte Vikrithikal
1990 Anjali
1990 Puriyaadha Pudhir
1990 Izzatdaar
1986 Samsarum Athu Minsaram
1989 Raja Chinna Roja
1989 Lankeshwarudu
1989 Rudranetra
1989 Shiva Bhavani
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavukku Alex
1988 Annanagar Mudhal Theru
1987 Jebu Donga
1987 Pasivadi Pranam
1987 Poovizhi Vasalile
1987 Micahel Raj
1987 Kootu Puzhukkal
1987 Makkal En Pakkam
1986 Mr. Bharath
1983 Odai Nathiyaakirathu
1983 Rugma
1982 Pasivaaadi Praanam
1982 Ezhavathu Manithan

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