Rajan P Dev, a Malayalam stage and cinema actor bid adieu to film world, theatre, at the age of 58. His association with theatre gave a new lease of life to Kerala theatre, and he had been in the forefront in reviving the mainstream theatre in Kerala, which was in a bad shape then. When the performance style in theaters became stale, he brought back the audience again to the theater. This could happen just because as a theatre personality, Rajan P. Dev was confidence personified. Industry sources felt that his rude face of a villain was Dev’s plus point. Even at the age of 20, when he acted in plays, he could portray the character of 60-year old.
This versatility was seen in a play ’Kattukuthira’ when he played the character of ‘Kochuvava’, which was screened by Suryasoma Theatres. When the play was remade into a film titled ’Kattukuthira’, he did not get a chance to portray the same character that went to Thilakan. Due to this, Dev had shown disappointment and understanding his sentiment, he got a chance to play the identical character of Kochuvava in a film’ Indrajalam’, starring Mohanlal. He was cast in a villain role of Carlos. This character shot him to fame, and he was considered as the ultimate villain of Malayalam cinema.
Later on, he was just type cast in the villain role, and he could not get out such image. Theatre was something he and his sister Rani were associated since childhood. He was greatly influenced by his father’s talent in the theater that inspired him to write, direct and even act in plays from childhood. His signature villain roles helped him to expand his career in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films too. Out of 150 films that he had acted so far, he was typecast as a police officer in 35 films. He was born on May 29, 1951, in Alappuzha district and passed away on July 29,2009, in Kochi.