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Prathap K. Pothan Born August 13, 1952 (1952-08-13) (age 58) Trivandrum, Travancore Cochin, India, Other names Prathap Occupation actor, writer, film director, film producer Years active 1980-present Spouse Raadhika Sarathkumar [divorced] Prathap K. Pothan (Tamil: பிரதாப் போத்தன்), popularly known by his first name Prathap, is an Indian actor, director, writer, producer who has acted in about 95 films. He has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu as well as Hindi films. His directional ventures were in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Contents 1 Early life and background 1.1 School life 1.2 College life 2 Early film career 3 Later film career 4 Film director 5 Personal life 6 Recent projects 7 Awards 8 Filmography As Director 9 Filmography 10 External links 11 References Early life and background Born into a well-to-do business family of Thiruvananthapuram in 1952, he went to the famous boarding school, Lawrence School, Lovedale, in Ooty at the age of five, where he took up painting. The youngest of five children, he grew up in a household where art, politics, entertainment and business co-existed, allowing him to experience a large cross-section of life from his ancestral home in Trivandrum in Kerala. School life This seems to be in stark comparison to his contrasting years at The Lawrence School, Lovedale which he recalls fondly. Prathap In Lawrance House Prathap With His Mom And Dad He finished Schooling in 1968. His father died when he was 15. College life Pratap gained admission to Madras Christian College (MCC), Madras. Pratap[1] remained friends with those he went to school and MCC with. His friends helped him act in plays at college and his interest turned to acting from painting. Young Prathap He left MCC with a B.A in economics in 1972. Pratap started to work as a copywriter in an ad agency in Mumbai. After a year, he joined Sistas ad agency. Later he worked for Hindustan Thomson. During the late sixties and early seventies, armed with a posh boarding school education from Ooty and awakened by an amazing bohemian experience gained ‘chasing the wind’ during his college days at MCC in Madras, the young Prathap[2] went about shedding his shy schoolboy skin and embracing a culture of theatre and art. Early film career Pratap acted with The Madras Players.[3] The late director Bharathan enjoyed Pratap's performance in Shaw's play Androcles and the Lion, and invited him to act in his Malayalam film Aaravam. "Luck was definitely on my side. I won a Filmfare Award for the first film I starred in and projects and offers kept coming my way from there." He has acted in many movies with top heroines. His family owns a huge estate in Kerala and is very famous. He belongs to the elite Madras Players and has staged shows there. Later film career Pratap made three more films - 'Thakara' , 'Chamaram'-Chamaram dealt with the tumultuous affair between a student and his college lecturer and 'Lorry', which are milestones in Malayalam film history. Films like 'Nenjathai Killathe' , 'Panneer Pushpangal', 'Moodupani' and 'Varumayin Niram Sivappu' made Pratap famous in Tamil also. In fact, he got more chances in Tamil. His most memorable role was probably in 'Varumayin Niram Sivappu', directed by K Balachandar. Film director Prathap receiving his first national award for "Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai" from the then President of India, Giani Zail Singh Pratap began to direct films. His first film Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai, a story of a mentally unwell couple, won a national award. His ex wife Radhika (Raadhika Sarathkumar, now married to actor Sharath Kumar) was also in this movie. When I asked around about veteran actor and film director Prathap Pothan, three recurring themes emerged: He is extremely intelligent He is devastatingly humorous He is totally eccentric "I didn’t care about what people thought about me. I acted in the films that I wanted to act in and later made the films that I wanted to make," he says confidently. His subtlety as an actor and a director has been his forte. In an era when loud acting and innovations were not in vogue, Pratap teamed up with Kamal Hassan in Vetri Vizha. It was the first time that steady camera was used in a Tamil film. Pratap directed three films in Malayalam: Rithubetham, which tells the agony of a 'bastard' 'Daisy', which sent a romantic wave throughout Kerala Oru Yathramozhi, which was about a son in search of his unknown father. He also directed a Telugu film - 'Chaithanya'. He directed the Tamil film Lucky Man and Oru Yathramozhi in Malayalam with Mohanlal. In Tamil, he has made super hits like Seevalapperi Pandi, Jeeva, Vetrivizha, etc. A man of high potential, he has directed nearly 30 films. Personal life In the last few years he has been fighting personal battles. After the death of his brother (Hari Pothen, a producer) he became entangled in property disputes, faced death threats and fought an illness. He has said he came back from his death-bed. He traveled around the globe. He lived with a nephew in Europe and has attributed the internet to opening new things up to him. A very articulate person, he is proficient in English and other languages. An aristocrat he belongs to the cream of society. Now he hardly appears on the scene probably waiting for an opportune moment to stage a come back. But he got to a point where he found everything about the film industry a little too fast. After a while things just became too chaotic for him and over a period of time making movies he realised that he just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. So he stopped. So now that his youth and crazy days are behind him, Pratap Pothan is spending time enjoying music, books, cinema, good food and conversation with friends in-between his ongoing projects. Society seems to always be in a hurry to label everyone. When remarkable people show many different skills and traits and many layers of substance and imperfection the common man is overwhelmed by it all and coins terms such as ‘eccentric’. Many of His young fans and followers Said, "If Pratap Pothan is an eccentric then I want to grow up to be just like him!" Recent projects In the last eight years he has been busy with his ad agency named Green Apple and focused on commercials for MRF Tyres and Nippo. He is currently hosting Naalaya Iyakkunar in Kalaignar TV. Prathap In Shooting Prathap in MRF Zapper Shoot Prathap Directing Sachin Tendulkar in MRF Shoot Pratap has his Facebook fan page[4] through which he interacts with his fans, and the fan page also has pictures from his film days. Dubai Shoot Prathap Instructing Awards His first national award was for the film Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai. Filmography As Director Year Film Language Cast 1985 Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai Tamil Raadhika, Prathap K. Pothan 1987 Hrithubhedam Malayalam Thilakan, Vineeth 1988 Jeeva Tamil Sathyaraj, Amala, Captain Raju 1988 Daisy Malayalam Harish, Sonia, Lakshmi, Kamal Hassan 1989 Vetri Vizha Tamil Kamal Hassan, Prabhu 1990 My Dear Marthandan Tamil Prabhu, Kushboo 1991 Chaithanya Telugu Nagarjuna, Amala, Raghuvaran 1992 Magudam Tamil Sathyaraj, Bhanupriya 1993 Aatma Tamil Ramki, Rahman 1994 Seevalaperi Pandi Tamil Napoleon, Saranya 1995 Luckyman Tamil Karthik, Goundamani, Senthil 1995 Oru Yathramozhi Malayalam Shivaji Ganesan, Mohanlal, Ranjitha Filmography Year Film Language Credits 1980 Thakara Malayalam Acted as Thakara 1980 Pappu Malayalam 1980 Varumayin Niram Sivappu Tamil 1981 Aakali Rajyam Telugu 1981 Kudumbam Oru Kadambam Tamil Acted as Kannan 1981 Panneer Pushpangal Tamil 1981 Thillu Mullu Tamil 1982 Vazhvey Maayam Tamil 1983 America America Malayalam Acted as Baby 1984 Justice Chakravarthi Telugu 1984 Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai Tamil Director 1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Tamil 1986 Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare Malayalam Acted as Josekutty 1988 Daisy Malayalam Director 1988 En Jeevan Paduthu Tamil 1988 Pushpak Tamil 1989 Vetri Vizha Tamil Director 1990 My Dear Marthandan Tamil Director 1991 Chaithanya Telugu Director 1993 Atma Tamil Director 1994 Seevalaperi Pandi Tamil Director 1995 Lucky Man Tamil Director 2005 Priyasakhi Tamil Acted as Priya's father 2005 Ram Tamil Acted as Phycaristist 2005 Thanmathra Malayalam Acted as Doctor 2007 Guru Hindi Acted as K R Menon I.A.S. 2008 Velli Thirai Tamil 2009 Calendar Malayalam 2009 Padikathavan Tamil Acted as Ramakrishnan 2009 Sarvam Tamil Cameo role 2010 Aayirathil Oruvan Tamil Acted as Chandramouli 2010 Veerasekaran Tamil 2010 Maro Charitra Telugu 2010 Pulliman Malayalam External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Prathap K. Pothan The Lawrence School, Lovedale Madras Christian College The Madras Players References ^ Prathap K. Pothan at the Internet Movie Database ^ ^ ^ Persondata Name Pothan, Prathap K. Alternative names Short description Date of birth August 13, 1952 Place of birth Trivandrum, Travancore Cochin, India Date of death Place of death