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Pratap Pothen, Renowned Actor and Film-maker Passes Away in Chennai!!

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By Devika Tarasinghani
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On Friday 15tg July, Renowned Actor and Filmmaker Pratap Pothen passes away in Chennai. He was 69 years old. Pratap Pothen was found dead in an apartment in the city's Kilpauk.

He was seen in 100 of films in various languages like Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. He began his acting career in Malayalam cinema with the legendary director Bharathan, through movies like Aavaram, Thakara, and Lorry.

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Pratap Pothen, Renowned Actor and Film-maker Passes Away in Chennai!!

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Pratap Pothen became active in Tamil simultaneously with movies like Moodupani, Varumayin Niram Sivappu and Panneer Pushpangal. Pratap began directing films in the 1980s, with his first movie Meendum Oru Kathal Kathai winning the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director. Vettri Vizhaa with Kamal Haasan, Oru Yathramozhi with Mohanlal in Malayalam are some of his other noted films. He has directed a total of 12 films in Malayalam and Tamil.

Pratap was known for his peculiar dialogue delivery, adding depth to his often offbeat characters, even when he played insufferable villains, like in 22 Female Kottayam. He had style and chose characters that suited his peculiarities like the rebellious student in love with his teacher in Chamaram or the simpleton hero rising to heights in Pappu. In later years he also did mature characters like the good old doctor in Ayalum Njanum Thammil.

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