Ravi Vallathol

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Ravi Vallathol
Born(1952-11-25)25 November 1952
Died25 April 2020(2020-04-25) (aged 67)
Resting place Thiruvananthapuram
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram Kerala University
Years active1980 – 2016
SpouseGeetha Lakshmi

Ravi Vallathol (25 November 1952 25 April 2020) was an Indian actor, mainly noted for his acting in many famous serials, including the first serial in Malayalam.



He was born as the son of famous Drama legend T. N. Gopinathan Nair and Soudamini. He was the grandnephew of the famous Malayalam poet Vallathol Narayana Menon.

He acted in more than 100 TV series and more than 50 Movies. He wrote 25 short stories and a few plays. Some of his short stories were made into TV serials and his play Revathikkoru Pavakkutty was remade into a movie in the same name. He played some noted roles in famous Malayalam movies like Nee Varuvolam and Godfather.

He was awarded best actor in the Kerala State Television Awards for his performance in the TV series ‘American Dreams'. He was also awarded best actor in the Asianet Television Awards for his performance in the soap opera series Parijatham. [1]

Early life

He was born as eldest among three children to T. N. Gopinathan Nair, a writer and drama artiste of All India Radio and Soudamini in Vallathol family of Tirur. He was nephew of Mahakavi Vallathol Narayana Menon and grandson of Justice P. K. Narayana Pillai and Kuttipurahu Kesavan Nair. He was also the cousin of popular film actor T. P. Madhavan. He had a younger brother, V. Nandakumar and a younger sister, Meenakshy. [2] He did his schooling at Sisuvihar, Model H.S. and was graduated from Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum and did his Post Graduation at Kerala University, Karyavattom.

Ravi Vallathol made his debut as an actor on the small screen in 1986 with the serial 'Vaitharani' in Doordarshan, scripted by his father, the late T.N. Gopinathan Nair and directed by noted Malayalam poet, song writer and director P. Bhaskaran [3] [4] [5] He also acted in more than 100 television serials including American Dreams in Asianet. He entered Malayalam film industry by writing the song “Thazhvarayil manju poothu" in the 1976 movie Madhuram Thirumadhuram. The movie he first acted in was Swathi Tirunal directed by Lenin Rajendran. He acted in 46 movies in his career including movies like Godfather, Vishnulokam, Nee Varuvolam and Mathilukal. He acted in seven movies directed by the internationally known Malayalam director Adoor Gopalakrishnan. The Dolphins was his last movie. [6] [7]

He completed 26 years in Malayalam television industry in 2012. [8] He published more than 25 short stories. His stories Devaranjini and Nimanjanam were made into serials. Ravi acted and scripted many dramas such as Mazha, Ayaal.

His stage play Revathikkoru Pavakkutty was made into a film. [9]

Personal life

He was married to Geethalakshmi on 1 January 1980. The couple had no children. They were running an organisation for mentally challenged people named "Thanal". [10] He died in his own residence in Thiruvananthapuram on 25 April 2020, due to acute diabetes which led to a heart attack . [11] [12] [13]



  1. 2016 - Autobiography of a Stray Dog- as Voice Artiste'
  2. 2014 - Polytechnique
  3. 2014 - The Dolphins
  4. 2013 - Weeping Boy [15]
  5. 2013 - Silence
  6. 2013 - Idukki Gold ..... Sadanandan
  7. 2011 - Uppukandam Brothers Back in Action ..... Kuttan Maraar
  8. 2010 - Kaaryasthan ..... Himself
  9. 2008 - Oru Pennum Randanum
  10. 2007 - Naalu Pennungal
  11. 2006 - Ravanan ....... Justice Raghava Menon
  12. 2006 - The Don...Dileep's father
  13. 2004 - Nizhalkuthu
  14. 2004 - Kusruthi ..... Sree Vallabhan
  15. 2002 - Pranayamanithooval ..... Vishwanath
  16. 2002 - Chathurangam ..... Ramachandran
  17. 2001 - Dhosth
  18. 2001 - Pranaya Manthram
  19. 2000 - Indriyam
  20. 2000 - Dada Sahib .... Magistrate
  21. 1999 - Stalin Sivadas .... Manoj
  22. 1999 - Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu ..... Chackochi
  23. 1998 - Samaantharangal ..... Murali
  24. 1997 - Kalyana Unnikal
  25. 1997 - Kalyaanakkacheri
  26. 1997 - Nee Varuvolam
  27. 1997 - Hitler Brothers ..... Kuttan Pillai
  28. 1996 - Kazhakam
  29. 1996 - Kadhaapurushan ..... Kunjunni's Half Brother
  30. 1995 - Sadaram ...... Madhavan
  31. 1994 - Sagaram Sakshi ..... Adv. Radhakrishnan Nair
  32. 1994 - Vidheyan ..... Patelar's nephew
  33. 1994 - Commissioner ..... K. M. Varghese
  34. 1994 - Puthran .... Alexander
  35. 1993 - Bhoomi Geetham ...Devan
  36. 1993 - Dhruvam... Police Constable
  37. 1992 - Sargam
  38. 1992 - Utsavamelam
  39. 1991 - Aanaval Mothiram
  40. 1991 - Vishnulokam
  41. 1991 - Ottayal Pattalam
  42. 1991 - Godfather ..... Balakrishnan
  43. 1990 - Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu .... Doctor
  44. 1990 - Kottayam Kunjachan .... Joy
  45. 1990 - Mathilukal ... Razzaq
  46. 1989 - Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam
  47. 1989 - Season ...News Reporter
  48. 1989 - Nayanangal
  49. 1987 - Swathi Thirunal .... Singer

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