Renowned Malayalam stage and film actor Thilakan died at a private hospital here following a cardiac arrest in the wee hours.
National award-winning Malayalam film actor Thilakan is dead. He was 77.
Thilakan, who had acted in about 200 films and had won for that national award to find the best actor in a supporting role, died in a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. After struggling with multiple organ failure during the last one month.
Thilakan was born at Ayroor (now in Pathanamthitta district) on July 15, 1938. And that he was born to act. His tryst with acting began as they was still at school.
Acting – or theatre, to become more precise – was his vocation. It didn’t take him too much time to make a mark being an exceptional performer on stage. His mentor P.J. Antony was his biggest influence in the theatre days.
Though he earned his debut in cinema in 1972 with Periyar, it had been with K.G. George’s Kolangal (1981) he truly arrived in the tinsel town.
Like a drunkard, he put in a superb performance inside a brilliantly written and directed film.
It had been followed by Yavanika, another masterpiece from Geroge, by which Thilakan played a theatre manager.
The film continued to attain cult status in Malayalam cinema, despite the fact that it was Mammootty, as sub inspector Jacob Eraly, who gained most out of its success, Thilakan too designed a huge impact.
Films like Panchagni, Dhwani, Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam, Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal, Rithubhedam, Jathakam and Nadodikkattu established him like a versatile actor.
Then came Kireedom, in 1989. As Achuthan Nair, an ageing police constable who sees the dream for his son getting shattered, his performance was critically acclaimed. A lot of his scenes with Mohanlal from Kireedom shows his mastery in acting.
Thilakan, obviously, had dominated the headlines more for controversies than his films during the last four years. He took around the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), which expelled him and that he also faced a ban.
Politicians and cultural icons, including Sukumar Azhikode, batted for him, but he wasn’t part of the mainstream cinema for some time. But these couldn’t stop Thilakan from acting.