Mohan raj, better known as by stage name Keerikkadan Jose in Malayalam, is a film actor who is one of the most sought south Indian movie villain during 1990s. He got this title of ‘’ Keerikkadan Jose’’ from a film which he had starred with Mohanlal “Kireedom”( 1989) and its sequel “Chenkoi’’(1993).
Mohan Raj derived the name of ‘’Keerikkadan Jose’, the immortal villain from the film ( Chenkoi & Kireedom) , which was a super hit. He also became a cult figure in Malayalam cinema after ‘’Kireedom’’ was released. Mohan Raj is remembered till date fondly by the Malayalam audience as Keerikkadan Jose. Such is the impact that he generated with his presence in the movie (Kireedom). However, the decade between 1988 and 2013 marks the peak of Mohan raj’ acting career, deeply enriching the unique character persona and presence in the film industry and in the mind of film lovers. He played the intense villain roles that portrayed the deep conflicts of and within villains or criminals that the society was mired in.
After Kireedom’s success he played many villain role with Mohan Lal and acted over 180 films in all south Indian languages. Since he has been very choosy and selective in roles, he was never on a signing spree at all. With achieving success mostly in villain characters, the actor had settled in Madurai with his wife and two daughters. He had taken break from movies. Mohan Raj, who was on leave from the service for years (for his busy film schedule), in the year 2014, he rejoined duty after some legal wrangles and was posted as the Assistant Commissioner in the Enforcement department. He appeared as driver Jose in film
Chirakodinja Kinavukal (2015) and has a few more projects in his hand.