Thilakan who was a national award-winning film actor down south is dead at the age of 77.
He has had a wide range of body of work, where he has acted in 200 films. He also won the national award.
Thilakan was battling several organ failures over the past couple of months. He died around 3.30 am on Monday morning at a private hospital. His body will be kept for his fans at Victoria Jubilee Memorial Town Hall (Thiruvananthapuram) to view him for the last time from around 11 am in the morning. He will be cremated around 4 pm.
Thilakan was born on July 15th, 1938 at Ayroor. His rendezvous with acting began at a very tender age when he was still at school. He worked at the theatres and under the guidance of his mentor P.J. Antony it did not take him much of a time to make his mark on the stage.
He made his first appearance in films in 1972 with the film Periyar, but it was K.G George’s film Kolangal that gave him his recognition. Yavanika followed which was another offering of George, which truly established him as an actor in tinsel town.
He has been part of successful films like Dhwani, Panchagni, Jathakam, and Rithubhedam.
He was a remarkable actor and roles were written for him in films to fit him into the cast. Age never came into his way of acting.
In the new century too he acted in films like “Ekantham” and “Achan” and the more recent Indian Rupee and Ustad Hotel and very effortlessly delivered class performance in each of the movies. In 2007 Ekantham won him a jury award. He won the National award for Rithubhedam in 1988.
He has won State awards for best actor twice-Perunthachan (1990) and Gamanam (1994)- and for the supporting role six times- Yavanika(1982) being his first and Kattathoru Penpoovu(1998) his last.
His death is truly a loss for the film industry.