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Tamil actor Ravichandran passes away

Contributed by Anonymous on Tuesday, July 26 @ 11:25:30 CDT

TNN | Jul 26, 2011, CHENNAI: Veteran Tamil actor Ravichandran died on Monday at a private hospital here where he was being treated for nearly ten days for a lung infection. Doctors said he did not respond to treatment and his condition had deteriorated over the last two days. He was on a life support system.

"His pulse and BP dropped drastically. We could do nothing," a doctor said. He was 71 and is survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.

A popular hero of the 1960s and 70s, most of whose films were huge hits Ravichandran acted aside erstwhile heroes like MGR and Sivaji Ganesan. Among his latest films were "Arunachalam" with Rajinikanth and "Pammal K Sambandam" with Kamal Haasan. He made his debut as a hero in Sridhar's "Kadhalikka Neramillai" which eventually became a huge hit.

Ravichandran, who was last seen in "Kanden Kadhalai" as the grandfather of actress Thamannaah, had a style of his own. "His gestures were very popular among us. He had a style of his own when it came to walking. I think this made many of the youngsters imitate him those days. He also had a lot of fans in Tamil Nadu because of his stunning performancees," said K Sundar, a fan of Ravichandran.

Talking to The Times of India, veteran writer Ashokamitran said that even though Ravichandran did not make himself so distinguished as an actor, he was very popular among the youngsters. "A lot of movies he acted in became huge hits in those days. He will always be remembered for his different roles," he said. An alumnus of St Joseph's College in Tiruchi, Ravichandran used to spend most of his time in Malaysia.

July 26, 2011 16:35 PM Malaysian-born Indian Actor Ravichandran Dies In Chennai CHENNAI, July 26 (Bernama) -- The once flamboyant Malaysian-born actor Ravichandran who shot to stardom in his first movie, the super-hit 'Kaadhalikka Neramillai' (No time to be in love) in 1964, died on Monday after a brief illness.

The 69-year-old, who had dazzled the South Indian cine world in the 60s and 70s, suc*****bed to lung infection and kidney ailment at a private hospital in Chennai on Monday morning, reported The Hindu newspaper.

Ravichandran wanted to become a medical doctor. But chicken pox derailed his much-cherished ambition, resulting in the man seduced by the glamour world of movies and ending up acting in nearly 100 films.

The medical fraternity's loss was the cine world's gain.

In an interview with The Hindu, way back in 2005, he commented: "After my pre-university examinations, I wanted to become a doctor.

"However, my fate changed after a sudden attack of chicken pox."

The actor shot to stardom in 1964 in his first super-hit movie, 'Kaadhalikka Neramillai' (No time to be in love) and later played several key roles in mostly Tamil films.

Ravichandran also became a popular figure in Malaysia that even newborn babies in the 60s and 70s were named after him.

At the peak of his acting career, he hobnobbed along with prominent south Indian movie stars of yesteryear, such as iconic movie greats M. G. Ramachandran, better known as MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Jaishankar.

He also played a role along 'superstar' actor Rajinikanth in the 1997 movie, 'Arunachalam'.

The twice-married actor is survived by current wife, Vimala, a daughter and two sons.

His first marriage was to the legendary Malayalam actress Sheela.

An ardent athlete, he studied at St Joseph's College in Tiruchi.

His burial ceremony will be held today.




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