Prathapachandran was a Malayalam actor hailing from Omallur, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. He was born on 1941. He was married to Chandrika and has three wonderful children namely Prathibha, Anoop and Deepak. He did schooling only till his 9th standard. His school days made beautiful childhood memories where he won so many prizes for dramas, fancy dress competitions, etc. With his passion for acting, he always left a vivid impression of his character roles. When he was 14 years, he moved to Kollam and later to Madras with a strong hope of getting offers for acting in movies. He was there for three years in Madras. Though he did not bag any roles initially, he did not give up or lose hope.
He went on to do radio dramas and plays which were conducted by the “Malayalee group of Association” in Madras. In 1962, he got a chance to make his debut appearance in the Malayalam cinema. He acted like an old man in “Viyarppinte Vila” which was directed by Krishnan Nair. After his debut performance, he got a not-so-positive response which gave him few insignificant roles in other movies. Disheartened by everything, he went back to Kollam and did stage dramas for a troupe called “Kalidasa Kalkendara”. Ups and downs are a part of life. So after a while, he made his way to movies again. His major comeback film is named as “AdiSankaracharya” where he played a supporting role as ‘Padmapadar’. After this movie, there was no looking back.
He became actively engrossed in doing movies and did more than 400 movies in this profession. Some of his notable work includes “Kottayam Kunjachan”, “Oru CBI Diary Kurippu”, etc. Tall, strong and well-built, his biggest gifted talent was his voice which he used to modulate according to the character that he chose to depict. He did amazing dramatic portrayal with the help of his voice. He also did few television shows like “
Kadamattathu Kathanar” and “
Deepam”. As he was well appreciated in the Malayalam industry, he also got opportunities to work in the Tamil film industry. He did some Tamil movies like “Mannan”, “Malabar Police”, “
Nayagan”, “Walter Vetrivel”, etc.
He has also produced films like“Kodathy”, “Manavadharmam”, “Ee Thalamura Ingana”, “Kaattuthee”, etc. Prathapachandran is a well-known personality in the Malayalam film industry and also to the audience because of his numerous box office hits. He played various roles as a father, police constable, judge, advocate, colonel, doctor, principal, priest, jailor, friend, college mate, etc. He did justice even to the smallest roles in a movie. From being a villain to being a godfather, he has been a recipient of many awards and recognitions. Sadly, he passed away on 16th December 2004 at the age of 63 years due to a massive cardiac arrest. May his soul rest in peace forever.