Death Date: 02/10/2022
Death Cause: Heart Attack
Age: 80 Years
|Full Name||Mathukkara Moothedath Ramachandran CNBC TV 18|
|Real name||M M Ramachandran Hindustan Times|
|Profession(s)||Film Producer, Jeweller, Actor|
|Famous for||Being the chairman of Atlas Jewellery Hindustan Times|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 170 cm
in meters– 1.70 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 7”
|Hair Colour||Black (half bald)|
Film (Malayalam; As a producer): Vaisali (1988)
Film (Malayalam; As a distributor): Anantha Vruthantham (1990)
Film (Malayalam; As an actor): Youth Festival (2010) as Jose Thomas
|Date of Birth||31 July 1942 (Friday)|
|Birthplace||Thrissur, Kingdom of Cochin, British Raj (now Kerala)|
|Date of Death||2 October 2022|
|Place of Death||Aster Hospital, Mankhool, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Age (at the time of death)||80 Years|
|Death Cause||Heart Attack The New Indian Express|
|College/University||• St. Thomas College, Thrissur, Kerala
• Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi
|Educational Qualification||• Bachelor of Commerce from St. Thomas College, Thrissur, Kerala
• Master in Economic Studies from Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi Money Control
Arrested in a Fraud Case
In 2015, he was arrested in a financial fraud case in Dubai. He was sentenced for a three -year imprisonment there. After completing his tenure in the jail, he was released in 2018. The News Minute
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
Son– Srikanth Ramachandran
Daughter– Manju Ramachandran
Father– V. Kamalakara Menon (poet)
Mother– Name Not Known
|Siblings||He was the third of the eight children of his parents, and the second son.|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Atlas Ramachandran
- Atlas Ramachandran was an Indian film producer, jeweller, and actor. He was known for his jewellery brand ‘Atlas Jewellery.’
- He belonged to a well-to-do family.
- After completing his graduation, he shifted to Delhi from Kerala to make his career in banking. There, he joined Canara Bank.
- After working there for a few years, he joined the State Bank of India as a probationary officer. He then worked with the State Bank of Travancore. He was appointed as the superintendent of more than 100 branches.
- In 1974, he got an offer to work as an international division manager at the Commercial Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait.
- There, he observed that the demand for gold was at par. In 1981, he decided to start his first Atlas jewellery showroom in Souk Al Watya, Kuwait. Within six months of its opening, it started receiving good profits. He then opened five more showrooms there. He kept the tagline of his store ‘janakodikalude vishwsthasthapanam’ (trusted enterprise of millions of customers) which became very popular.
- In the 1990s, during the Gulf War, he suffered major losses in Kuwait, so he decided to restart his business in the United Arab Emirates. He even introduced mega-offers in the regional gold trade. He then became the brand ambassador and face of his jewellery brand. He also lent his voice to the advertisement of the same.
- He was elected as the first Chairman of the Gold Promotion Committee of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). He served the position for three years. Some of the other positions he served were:
Atlas Ramachandran with H.H. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai
- Atlas was also involved in various philanthropic activities. He started scholarship programmes for various schools in Kerala.
- After his successful career as a jeweller, he started a film production and distribution company ‘Chandrakanth Films.’ Atlas collaborated with many popular brands for brand promotion. Some of his popular promotions included:
- He worked as a producer in many Malayalam films such as ‘Vasthuhara’ (1991), ‘Dhanam’ (1991), and ‘Sukrutham’ (1994).
Atlas Ramachandran on the sets of his film
- Some of his films as a distributor are ‘Innale’ (1990), ‘Kauravar’ (1992), ‘Venkalam’ (1993), and ‘Chakoram’ (1994).
- Atlas also worked as an actor in many Malayalam films like ‘Anandabhairavi’ (2007), ‘Malabar Wedding’ (2008), ‘3 Char Sou Bees’ (2010), and ‘Balyakala Sakhi’ (2014).
- In 2016, he played the role of Shaji Kallur in the Malayalam telefilm ‘Meghangal.’
- On 2 October 2022, he passed away after a major heart attack. At the time of his death, he was residing in Dubai.
|↑1||CNBC TV 18|
|↑2, ↑3||Hindustan Times|
|↑4||The New Indian Express|
|↑7||The News Minute|