Hailing from Pathanamthitta district, the actor, Captain Raju had quit from the Indian Army where he was a Captain and started his acting career in 1981..
Captain Raju, died on Monday at his residence in Kochi, said family sources. He was 68.
While travelling from Kochi to the US in June to attend his son’s marriage, the actor suffered stroke and was shifted to a hospital in Muscat.
After a week’s treatment in Muscat, he was airlifted back to Kochi on July 2.
Here is his career…
He was born as second among seven children to K. G. Daniel and Annamma at Omallur, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala in 1950.
He has four sisters named Elizabeth, Saji, Sophy, Sudha and two brothers, George and Mohan. Both his parents were teachers at Govt. UP School Omalloor.
He had his primary education from Govt. UP School Omalloor and NSS English Medium School, Omalloor. He was a volleyball player.
He pursued a degree in Zoology from Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta.
After graduation, Raju joined the Indian Army as an officer at the age of 21 and rose to the rank of a captain.
He worked as marketing chief at glucose and starch manufacturing company, Lakshmi Starch, at Mumbai after serving 5 years of Indian army and later he left the job to act in films.
While working at the company, he started acting in amateur drama troupes like Prathiba theatres in Mumbai. He later moved to films.
He made his directorial debut with the Malayalam film Etha Oru Snehagatha in 1997. His second film as director was Mr. Pavanayi 99.99 (2012) in which he reprised the role of Mr. Pavanayi, his character from the 1987 Malayalam film Nadodikkattu.
He is married to Prameela, and has a son, Ravi.
He is a Christian by birth, but also respects other religions, and even visits the others’ shrines.