Malayalam actor Thilakan dead

Thilakan

Renowned Malayalam stage and film actor Thilakan died at a private hospital here following a cardiac arrest in the wee hours today.

He was 77. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.

Thilakan had been battling for life at the hospital where he was admitted on August 23 after he had suffered two heart attacks. He had been on and off ventilator since then and had an attack of pneumonia. The end came at 3.35 am today.

Thilakan who began his acting career in his intermediate days, had been associated with several drama troupes in his early days including the pro-Left Kerala Peoples' Arts Centre (KPAC). He entered the filmdom in 1979 with a minor role in K G George's 'Ulkadal'.

Since then, he had acted in more than 200 films and won several national and state awards. He won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1988.

He had won state awards for best actor thrice. The actor was awarded the 'Padmashree' in 2009.

'Perumthachan,' 'Yavanika,' 'Kireedam,' 'Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu,' 'Indian Rupee,' 'Moonnampakkam' and 'Kilukkam' are some of the notable films he acted in. 'Ustad Hotel' is his last released film.

Malayalam screen loses an acting genius

An imposing presence on the Malayalam screen, Thilakan carved for himself an enviable position among actors in the last three decades of his film career with a rare versatility and genius.

As many film-makers and actors openly acknowledge, it will be a void very hard to fill. Thilakan's colleagues in Malayalam filmdom had often stated that a positive energy flowed from him while doing combination scenes.

Thilakan (77), who died in the wee hours following cardiac arrest, had a special `chemistry' with Mohanlal with whom he had acted in numerous films. He had a role to play in most of the superstar's hit movies.

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