Thiruvananthapuram: Renowned actor and director Prathap Pothen passed away. He was 69. He has been found dead at his flat in Chennai.
He acted around 100 movies in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and Thelugu.
His debut film was Aaravam, directed by Bharatan in 1978.
His last movie is Barroz in which he shared the screen with Mohanlal.
His popular films include Thakara, Chaamaram, Ayaalum njanum thammil, Idukki Gold, Thanmatra, 22 Female Kottayam, Onnu muthal poojyam vare, Novemberinte nashtam and Sindura Sandhyakku Maunam.
He has directed 12 films in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu languages. In Malayalam, he directed movies Ritubhedam, Daisy and Oru Yatramozhi.
He had also won the National Award for Best Debut Director.
Though he got married to actor Radhika in 1985 they divorced in the next year and married Amala Satyanath in 1990. He again got divorced in 2012 and the couples have a daughter named Keya.
He is the brother of Hari Pothen, the famous producer.