Pratap Pothen (1952-2022) was an Indian actor, director, scriptwriter, producer, and filmmaker. He worked in more than 100 South Indian films. On 15 July 2022, he passed away due to natural health causes at his apartment in Chennai.
Pratap Pothan LinkedIn- Pratap Pothan was born on Wednesday, 13 August 1952 (age 69 years; at the time of death) in Trivandrum, Kerala. He did his schooling at The Lawrence School, Lovedale, Tamil Nadu.
In 1972, he completed BA in Economics from Madras Christian College, Chennai. LinkedIn- Pratap Pothan He used to participate in painting competitions in school. While he was studying in college, he joined a theatre group and from there he started developing an interest in acting.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father, Kolathinkal Pothan, was a businessman. Pratap had five siblings. His elder brothers’ names are Hari Pothen (film producer) and Mohan Pothen. One of his sisters’ names is Devi Pothen.
Wife & Children
In 1985, he got married to the famous South Indian actress-producer Raadhika Sarathkumar, but the couple got divorced in 1986.
In 1990, he got married to Amala Satyanath, a general manager with Tata group in Mumbai. The couple has a daughter named Keya. In 2012, Pratap got divorced from his second wife Amala.
After completing his graduation, he worked as a copywriter with a few ad agencies like Sistas ad agency and Hindustan Thomson. He started his career as a theatre artist. He joined a theatre group named The Madras Players and performed in many theatre plays. While he was performing in the theatre play Androcles and the Lion, he was spotted by the Indian filmmaker Bharathan, who offered Pratap the role of Kokkarakko in the Malayalam film Aaravam (1978).
He appeared in many Malayalam films such as ‘Thakara’ (1979), ‘Chamaram’ (1980), ‘Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam’ (1982), ‘Once Upon A Time There Was A Kallan’ (2014), and ‘Forensic’ (2020).
He made his debut in Tamil films with ‘Azhiyadha Kolangal’ (1979) as Indumathi’s husband.
He acted in various Tamil films like ‘Ilamai Kolam’ (1980), ‘Kudumbam Oru Kadambam’ (1981), ‘Echchil Iravugal’ (1982), ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’ (2010), and ‘Kamali From Nadukkaveri’ (2021). Pratap made his Telugu debut with the film ‘Aakali Rajyam’ (1981) as Pratap.
His other Telugu films are ‘Kanchana Ganga’ (1984), ‘Justice Chakravarthy’ (1984), ‘Chukkallo Chandrudu’ (2006), ‘Yevade Subramanyam’ (2015), and ‘Veedevadu’ (2017). In 1988, he debuted as a writer with the Tamil film ‘Solla Thudikuthu Manasu.’ His debut Tamil film as a director is ‘Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai’ (1985), and after almost two years, he directed his debut Malayalam film Rithubhedam (1987). Some of his films as a writer and director are ‘Jeeva’ (1988), ‘My Dear Marthandan’ (1990), ‘Magudam’ (1992), ‘Seevalaperi Pandi’ (1994), and ‘Lucky Man’ (1995). Pratap started his ad agency “Green Apple” and directed TV commercials for MRF Tyres and Nippo. In 2007, he played the role of K. R. Menon I.A.S. in the Hindi film ‘Guru.’ He acted in the Kalaignar TV serial ‘Naalaya Iyakkunar’ in 2009.
- 1979: Filmfare Award South for Best Actor (Malayalam) for Thakara
- 1980: Filmfare Award South for Best Actor (Malayalam) for Chamaram
- 1984: National Film Award for Best Debut Film of a Director for the film Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai (Tamil)
- 1987: Filmfare Award South for Best Director (Malayalam) for Rithubhedam
- 2012: South Indian International Movie Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Malayalam) for 22 Female Kottayam
- 2012: Vanitha Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Ayalum Njanum Thammil (Malayalam)
- 2013: Asianet Film Award for Special Jury Mention for acting for Idukki Gold (Malayalam)
- 2014: Kerala State Film Award for Special Jury Award for acting for Once Upon a Time There was a Kallan (Malayalam)
I have seen how he was also adept at directing fast-paced movies when he directed ‘Vetrivizha’. My condolences.”
- Pratap used to smoke and drink alcohol.
- He was a dog lover and owned a pet dog.
- According to his Facebook account, his favourite quote was,
Where there is no wind. Row!!!”