Rajan P. Dev is no more
Popular Malayalam character actor and villain Rajan P. Dev, who has acted in over 180 films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada in a career spanning close to three decades, passed away on Wednesday morning at Lakeshore hospital in Kochi, where he had been undergoing treatment for a liver disorder. He was 58.
He is survived by his wife Santha, daughter Ashamma and son Jibile Raj. His body will be kept at Ernakulam Town Hall to enable the public to pay their respects. The funeral will take place at St. Xavier’s church in Angamaly on Thursday morning.
Born in Chertala in Alappuzha district, Rajan P. Dev began his career as a stage artiste in the 1970′s and won the best actor award twice. He immortalized the character Kochu Vava in the hit play ‘Kattukuthira’ that was staged over 1000 times across Kerala. He later switched over to films in the 80s and portrayed villain and character roles with ease.
His last film was Ee Pattanathil Bhootham, starring superstar Mammootty, which is currently running in theatres. Dev had also directed two Malayalam films: Achamakuttiyude Achayan and Achante Kochu Molku. “Malayalam films will be poorer with Dev’s death but his characters will live for a long time,” veteran actor Thilakan said.