CHENNAI: The once flamboyant Malaysian-born actor Ravichandran, who shot to stardom in his first movie, the super-hit 'Kaadhalikka Neramillai' (No time to love) in 1964, died on Monday after a brief illness.
He will be buried Tuesday.
The 71-year-old, who had dazzled the South Indian cine world in the 60s and 70s, succumbed to lung infection and kidney ailment at a private hospital in Chennai on Monday morning, reported The Hindu newspaper.
Ravichandran wanted to become a medical doctor. But chicken pox derailed his much-cherished ambition and he ended up being seduced by the glamour world of movies, acting in nearly 100 films.
He was so popular in Malaysia that many babies in the 60s and 70s were named after him.
At the peak of his acting career, he stood among prominent south Indian movie stars of yesteryear, such as iconic movie greats M. G. Ramachandran, better known as MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Jaishankar.
He also played a role along 'superstar' actor Rajinikanth in the 1997 movie, 'Arunachalam'.
The twice-married actor is survived by current wife, Vimala, a daughter and two sons.
His first marriage was to the legendary Malayalam actress Sheela.
An ardent athlete, he studied at St Joseph's College in Tiruchi. - Bernama