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.
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.