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Director Mohan Raghavan dies of cardiac arrest

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Noted Malayalam film director Mohan Raghavan, 47, died of cardiac arrest at a private Hospital in Thrissur on Tuesday afternoon. The popular screenplay writer is survived by his mother. His body was cremated at the premises of his house on Wednesday afternoon.

Mohan Raghavan hogged the limelight with his debut directorial film TD Dasan Std 6 B. It was well received by the local audience and won acclaim during the International Film Festivals like IFFK, CIFF and PIFF. It had won John Abraham award, Film Critics Award, Amritha FEFKA award, best screenplay award in New York Indian Film festival and Lohithadas award.

The director was a son of Annamanada Kaloor Vadakedathu late Raghavan and Ammini and he was a post graduated in Theatre Arts from the Madurai Kamaraj University. By the late 1990s, Mohan made his mark in the local television industry as an award-winning script writer for serials. For a while he worked with noted directors like BV Karanth, John Martin, Kavalam Narayana Panicker and Maya Tangberg as associate.

Mohan Raghavan screenplay for the telefilm Oru Veettammayude Diary won national award. Later, he was drawn to the world of cinema. He worked as assistant director under KP Kumaran, Siddique Shameer and Salim Padiyath. He scripted screenplay for the films Kanmashi and Nammal Thammil.

Biju Menon, who has played the lead in TD Dasan Std 6 B, said that Mohan was so talented that each and every scene of the film was by heart for him. He has penned screenplay, story and dialogue for this film. He was preparing for his next project and for the purpose he had held discussion with Mammootty.

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