Noted Malayalam actor Captain Raju passed away in Kochi on Monday.
He was 68 and is survived by wife Prameela and son Raviraj.
Raju Daniel known by his stage name Captain Raju was a former military officer. He had acted in more than 500 films in the languages of Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and English. He was best noted for his performance in character roles, and as a villain.
Some of his stand-out roles were in movies such as “Nadodikattu”, “Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha” and “CID Moosa”. His last apperance was in the Mammootty-starrer “Masterpiece” which released last year.
In late June, Captain Raju had fallen unconscious after suffering a stroke while he was on a flight to Dubai, en route to the United States to attend his son’s wedding. The flight was diverted to Muscat in Oman, where he was hospitalised for about a week.
Later, on July 2, he was shifted by his family to Kochi for further treatment.
Born as Raju Daniel, in Omalloor in Pathanamthitta district, he had quit the Indian Army when he was a captain, and then worked briefly as the marketing chief of a private company in Mumbai. During that period, he acted in several plays in Mumbai. He began his film career in 1981. His first film was Raktham.
Some of his other notable vilms were “Rathilayam”, “Aavanazhi”, “August 1”, “Pazhassi Raja”, “Mumbai Police”.
The movies he directed were “Itha Oru Sneha Gadha” and “Mister Pavanayi 99.99”, in which he reprised his character Pavanayi from Naadodikattu.