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Rajan P Dev passes away

By: By: Arya Aiyappan
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Rajan P Dev has left the stage and a string of noteworthy characters, inimitable renderings and a huge vacuum has been left behind. The noted actor, who was admitted in a private hospital in Kochi following a liver disorder, passed away early this morning at 6:30 am. He was 58 years old and was a diabetic patient.

Life is strange and to be honest, cruel at times. Irony as it may seem, a great actor, who has risen to lofty heights by sheer virtue of his intensity of performance, has left the stage so soon and in the prime of his career. Rajan P Dev was born in Cherthala in Alappuzha district and entered the film world in the 1980s and scaled great heights of popularity through his brilliant portrayal of villainous roles.

In his remarkably long career of three decades, he has acted in more than 180 films including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. The industry, which is yet to come to terms with the demise of Lohithadas, has been left totally shaken by the untimely death of Rajan P Dev. Thilakan, who had played the role of Kochu Vava in the movie Kaattukuthira which was originally immortalised by Rajan P Dev in the play by the same name was totally lost for words at the death of his friend.

The funeral will take place at St. Xavier's church in Angamaly on Thursday morning at 11 am. He is survived by his wife Santha, daughter Ashamma and son Jibile Raj. The body will be kept at the Ernakulam Town Hall for the people to pay their respects. Rajan P dev, who was not keeping well for quite some time was declining several offers to take rest at his ancestral village in Kerala. However he was lately admitted at Lakeshore hospital where he met with his death.

Rajan P Dev has breathed life into many roles in movies, be it villainous, comical or the samaritan. His last film was Ee Pattanathil Bhootham featuring Mammootty in the lead role. Known for his idiosyncratic style, power packed dialogue delivery and unrivalled performance, Rajan P Dev has carved a niche for himself in the film world which will henceforth remain vacant.

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