On 15 July, the renowned actor and filmmaker Pratap Pothen was found dead in his Chennai apartment, leaving the cinema industry in disbelief and mourning. Pothen had turned 70 in April this year. The actor was well-known for his roles in Moodupani (1980), Varumayin Niram Sivappu (1980), Nenjathai Killathe (1980), and Panneer Pushpangal (1981). Best known for his remarkable acting and charismatic on-screen presence, he has appeared in over 100 Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films.
Apart from acting, Pratap Pothen served the industry as a director and producer as well. His directorial debut Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai (1985), a Tamil film about a mentally-challenged couple, received the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director. In the movie Vettri Vizhaa, Prathap and Kamal Haasan collaborated in an age when over-the-top performances and innovations were not popular. It was the first time a Tamil movie had utilized steadicam.
Following the shocking news of his demise, numerous Indian celebrities paid tribute to the veteran filmmaker on their social media handles. Few of the prominent names who recalled his wonderful work and dedication include Keerthy Suresh, Vijay Sethupathy, Sathyaraj, Prithviraj, actor-politician Khusboo Raj, journalist Shridhar Pillai and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
South Indian actress Keerty Suresh remembered his legacy and paid condolences to his family and loved ones
Your legacy will live on..
My heart goes out to your family and loved ones! We’ll miss you..
— Keerthy Suresh (@KeerthyOfficial) July 15, 2022
Popular actor Vijay Sethupati also tweeted about the veteran actor’s demise
— VijaySethupathi (@VijaySethuOffl) July 15, 2022
Entertainment Journalist Sreedhar Pillai posted a video of Sathyaraj paying tribute to the actor
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) July 15, 2022
BJP member Khushbu Sundar also poured her heart out and recalled the days when they went for a movie shoot in Ooty
It was wonderful to have on board in my home prod #CoffeeWithKaadhal. Met him when we were shooting in Ooty. Same smile, zest for life, living every moment to the fullest,laughing,cribbing,complaining, happy all at the the same time. #PratapPothen hadn’t changed. Gems don’t. 💔😪 pic.twitter.com/Cp2bTlJazu
— KhushbuSundar (@khushsundar) July 15, 2022
Actor and playback singer Prithviraj Sukumaraj said in a tweet that he will miss his uncle
— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) July 15, 2022
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