Rajettan…

June and July were months of loss for Malayalam cinema. Two stalwarts who approached silver screen with their first love for theatre left us untimely, in a truly dramatic manner! Lohithadas and now Rajan P.Dev will be celebrations in memory stream…

Rajettan was a `common man’, with a pinch of all human tendencies… Kind, affectionate, angry and jealous; all with the natural elegance of a grand performer…

We met during Kamal sir’s `Azhakiya Ravanan’. But before that, since I saw Carlos in `Indrajalam’ and Kochuvava in `Kaattukuthira’, Rajan P.Dev had etched a definite impression as an actor extraordinaire! During assistant ship I enjoyed watching him; He was proud, reaching the borderline of boastfulness! Was happy at the slightest reason and lost glitter at the least provocation!

Whenever he saw me after I became independent filmmaker, he would enquire with a mischievous smile “when is my turn?”

Chanthupottu happened to be our first and last association. This film had a special bond with Rajettan. His company, Jubilee theatres had a production `Arabikkadalum Athbhutha vilakkum’ (Arabian sea and the magic lamp) written by Benny P.Nayarambalam that did more than two thousand stages. Chanthupottu is the screen adaptation of the same! And he was Benny’s Godfather! He lived as Thurayilachchan in the film. During shooting Benny and I were invited for dinner to his house and that’s the first time I saw an original theatre camp!

Our last meeting point happened to be the traffic signal in Vyttila junction. His vehicle halted near my car which was stuck at the red light. I realized somebody was trying to catch my attention only when the driver told me. Rajettan was looking at me with his characteristic wide smile. With an upward hand gesture he tried telling me that he is on his way to airport. We both started off when the signal turned green… But he is the one who reached earlier!

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8 responses

  1. one day i went for a junior artist role for the film shafi’s “LOLLIPOP” , after sometime rajettan reach there for doing his great role in that film. I was standing outside the villa in ekm, he told me to bring a chair for him to sit, but i was in a surprised mood and i stood there somemore time. He thought that am a production boy and he passed away before am giving a chair him to sit ?????

  2. Sir..

    Yes ….lots of talents disappearing from the Moviedom…
    and your narration abt him and your last meeting is heart touching …
    mm just remembers Frost’ lines..

    Men may come and Men may go..
    But we go on forever..

    Regards
    Swaraj

  3. Great write up.But i still find it sad that we often appear miserly with words when people are alive,and when we look around for a particular person we realize we have been too late to be good…Death is really a constant fear that follows mankind..

  4. As a lover of movies, I can say Rajan.P.Dev was one actor who could make you squirm in your seat, laugh at his antics, and over all make the viewer believe that he means and enjoys every single moment of it..

    My respects to this great actor. Rest in Peace.

  5. ലാല്‍ ജോസ്,
    ബ്ലോഗു വായിച്ചു. ഇഷ്ടപ്പെട്ടു.
    ഇംഗ്ലീഷിലെഴുതുന്നതു പോലെ സമാന്തരമായി മലയാളത്തിലും ഈ ബ്ലോഗു തുടര്‍ന്നു കൂടായോ?

    താങ്കളുടെ ഈ പോസ്റ്റിലെ അവസാന വരികളിലെ മുറിവിനു മലയാളത്തിലാണു നീറ്റല്‍ കൂടുതല്‍.
    അല്ലേ നോക്കൂ?

    “സിഗ്നല്‍ പച്ച കത്തിയപ്പോള്‍ ഞങ്ങള്‍ രണ്ടാളും യാത്ര പുനരാരംഭിച്ചു.
    പക്ഷെ അദ്ദേഹമാണു ആദ്യമെത്തിയത്!“

  6. Well i think deaths are always a gift!

    If the old leaves do not fall off, where is the place for the new?

    Don’t call me hard… That is the rule of life. For us who remain the only consolation is best summed in the words of John Keats:

    Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
    Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
    Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear’d,
    Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone:
    Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
    Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
    Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
    Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve;
    She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
    For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!

    (Ode on a Grecian Urn)

    May he rest in peace…

  7. Hi Lalu,
    This is Murali and Radhika from U.S. Happened to hear about ur blog from Sathyan during our recent visit to Otp….Great going… and good luck for your future endeavours.

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