Ratheesh is a popular actor in the Malayalam film Industry. He came into fame in the late 1970's and 1980's. He has acted in over 150 movies, and most of them were in Malayalam. He acted in three Tamil movies and then went on to produce movies. He even entered the television field through the show 'Venalmazha' that was aired in Asianet.
Ratheesh was born in the year 1954 in Kalavoor, Thiru Kochi. He was wedded to Diana, who is the daughter of Ex-Prime Minister Hemachandran and has four children. He completed his education from S.N College, Cherthala.
Ratheesh started his acting career with the movie Vezhambal in the year 1977. He went on to star in many movies starting from the year 1979 with Ullakdal, which was his breakthrough movie, directed by K.G George. This streak continued till the year 2002. In this period, he became very famous for his villainous roles. He acted as famous directors like K.G George and I.V.Sasi.
Ratheesh’s acting skills were well appreciated by the masses and critics alike, and he was a sought out actor in those years.Ratheesh was at the height of his career in the year 1981-1988, delivering hits one after the other including 'Oru Mukham Pala Melksham', ' '
Rajavinte Makan', 'Ee Nadu, etc. He gradually cut the number of movies he acted after Prabhatham Chuvanna Theruvil. He took a four-year long break after 1990 and bounced back in the year 1994 with 'Commissioner' directed by
Shaji Kailas. He just did a handful of movies after that and instead started producing movies. He has produced four movies in Malayalam.
'Manal Nagaram' was Ratheesh’s first serial. He had been acting in 'Venal Mazha' His last movie was '
Shivam' which was directed by K.K Rajeev. He died in the year 2004 at the age of 48 in Thiruvananthapuram. His daughter Parvaty made her acting debut with the movie ' Madhura Naranga' in the year 2015.
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Ratheesh was a well known Indian actor in Malayalam movies. He was from a place called Kalavoor, located in the Alappuzha district of Kerala in South India. He became very popular as a cinema star during the 1970s and also 1980s. He was known for villain roles during the period of the 1990s. He acted in almost 158 movies with many directors like Shaji Kailas, Thampy Kannamthanam, P.G. Vishwambharan, Joshiy, I.V. Sasi, K. G. George, etc.
His father's name was Puthenpurayil V. Rajagopalan, and his mother was Parvathiyamma. He had two sisters namely Laila and Sherly. He studied at two colleges: Sree Narayana College and S.N. College at Kollam and Cherthala respectively. His wife is Diana. She is the daughter of M.K. Hemachandran, who is the Ex-minister of finance in the year 1983, on 11th September. They gave birth to four children. They are
Parvathy Ratheesh, who is an Indian film actor known for her work in Malayalam films,
Padmaraj Ratheesh, who is also famous as an Indian actor in Malayalam movies, Padma Ratheesh, and
Pranav Ratheesh. His career started from the Malayalam movie named Vezhambai in the year 1977.
But, in 1979, he got a big break with the help of K. G. George through the film Ullkadal. He began to become popular as a bankable star since 1981 with the Movie Thusharam. During the period of seven years starting from 1981 to the year 1988, he performed in several films which is marked as the peak of his acting career. After the year 1988, he started acting in only a few films and stopped acting after the year 1990. After a gap of four years, he came back to the acting field and acted as an antagonist in the film Commissioner under the direction of Shaji Kailas. He acted in various films as villains and character artists throughout the 1990s. He is very notable for his characters in Danny and Ravanaprabhu.
The actor died on 23rd December in the year 2002 at the age of 49. It was said that he was rushed to the hospital that day morning at 8 a.m. as he was feeling uneasy while having breakfast. He lost his breath on the way. He acted in the films Idimuzhakkam as Jose, Theekkadal as Kanakan, Palattu Kunjikannan as the father of Kunjikannan, Chamaram as Balan and Ishtamanu Pakshe in the year 1980. In the year 1981, he played many characters in 13 movies, some of them being, Thushaaram, Greeshma Jwala, Thrishna, Sangharasham, Hamshageetam, Ahimsa, Karimboocha, etc. He was blessed with 12 movies namely Idiyum Minnalu, Ee Nadu, Odukkam Thudakkam, Oru Thira Pinneyum Thira, Chambal Kadu, Thadakam, Enthino Pookunna Pookal, Vidhichathum Kothichathum, John Jaffer Janardhanan, Amritha Geetam, Innallenkil Nale,
Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam, in the year 1982. He contributed his best to the Malayalam film industry by acting in 19 films during the year 1983.
In 1984, and 1985 he acted in films like Kodathi, Ethirppukal, Makale Mappu Tharoo, Raajavembaala, Unaru, Bullet, Rakshassu, Aattuvanchi Ulanjappol, Anakkoru Umma, Black Mail, Kiratham, Revenge, 7-9 Vare, Vasantha sena, and many other movies, totaling to 21 each year. In 1986, his films were Ee Kaikalil, Ayiram Kannukal, Annoru Ravil, Ente Sonia, 1-2-3, etc. He acted in 11, 8 and 4 films in 1987, 1988 and 1989 respectively. He acted in only one film in the year 1990 as a police officer in Ayyar The Great. He also acted in Karppooradeepam in the year 1991. He acted in 8 films in the year 1994, some of them were The City, Paalayam, Kashmeeram, Puthran, Kambolam, etc.
In 1995, he acted in movies like Agnidevan, Nirnayam, Indian Military Intelligence and Thakshasila. His films in the year 1996 were April 19, Man of the Match, Hitlist, and Yuvathurki. He acted in only 2 films in 1997 namely Vamsham and Gangothri. Contributing to the only film in 1998 1999, and 2001, he acted in two films in 2002 namely Shivam and Dany. Apart from this, he acted in three Tamil films like Gnana Paravai, Salem Vishnu, and Madumalar.