A circus clown by profession, Reghu has appeared in films like ‘Apoorva Sahodarangal’ and the most recent ‘Drishyam 2’

Puthenveli Sasidharan, popular as actor “Mela” Reghu, died in Kochi on Tuesday.

He was 60 years old. Resident of Cherthala, Mr. Reghu collapsed at his home on April 16 following a stroke. He was admitted to an intensive care unit at a private hospital here. The actor’s condition worsened on Tuesday morning.

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A circus clown by profession, Mr. Reghu entered Garland City due to his brevity in the 1980 film ‘Mela’ directed by famous filmmaker KG George. Actor Sreenivasan, who played a key role in the film, found the actor in himself after watching his performance as a clown in a show staged by the famous Bharat circus.

Mr. Reghu played the main character of Govindankutty along with actor Mammootty in “Mela,” which brought the tragic lives of male and female circus performers to the big screen. It was Mr. George who suggested that Puthenveli Sasidharan change his name to Reghu. The film’s success earned him the epithet “Mela” Reghu.

He was fortunate enough to work in veteran actor Kamal Haasan’s hit film “Apoorva Sahodarangal” released in 1989. “Drishyam 2” with actor Mohanlal and directed by Jeethu Joseph was his last film.

Despite a dreamy entry into Mollywood, the actor in him couldn’t land many memorable roles. He then moved on to the theater and had the opportunity to play a character in “Innalakalile Aakasham” written by Francis T Mavelikkara and directed by Pramod Payyannoor. Mr. Reghu then returned to the circus world after his failed efforts to revive the film career.