Veteran actor Ravichandran, aged 71, breathed his last at Apollo hospital, Chennai yesterday. His funeral took place today. Ravichandran looked a bit ‘odd man out’ in the sixties with his tall frame amid the not-so-tall stars in MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar and others. He impressed viewers with his brand of romance, action and casual acting and had starred in many films as a lead actor against almost all the top heroines of his time.
In his heydays, the actor had more female fans than any of his contemporaries had. For the past two decades, though, he was rarely spotted in films. He also directed a couple of films in ‘Manaseega Kaadhal’ and ‘Mandhiran’ besides a couple of films in Kannada.
Rajasri, who paired opposite Ravichandran in his debut film ‘Kaadhalikka Neramillaai’, reminsced about her impression of the actor. “Ravi used to respect me a lot during the making of his first film as I had already starred as child artiste and then graduated as heroine. He would behave very casually and never looked like a newcomer. He would have us in splits with his witty one-liners. I pray for his soul to rest in peace,” said Rajasri, the sexy siren of yesteryears
K.R. Vijaya, who had starred opposite the actor in quite a few movies, had ironically starred in his last film ‘Aadupuli’ as his pair. “I feel very sad indeed. It appears as if I spoke to him only yesterday. His demise is surely a great loss to the Tamil film industry. During the shooting of ‘Aadupuli’, we shared our younger days when we did some movies together. I’m so upset and can’t say more at this stage.”
On our part, let’s pray for Ravichandran’s soul to rest in ever-lasting peace!