Thiruvananthapuram, September 24, 2012
File photo of Thilakan
Well-known Malayalam film and stage actor Surendranatha Thilakan, who was one of the most talented artistes in Indian cinema, passed away at a private KIMS Hospital here in the early hours of today.
He was 77. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. The funeral is slated to be held later today.
His body was kept at the VJT Hall here to enable his fans and admirers to pay their last respects.
Thilakan had been admitted to the hospital on August 23 after suffering two heart attacks and had been battling for life since then. He was on a ventilator for much of this period. He had an attack of pneumonia in the past few days and breathed his last at 0335 hours today, sources said.
Born on July 15, 1935 at Ayroor in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, Thilakan, who had an outspoken nature, began his acting career with various theatre groups, including the well-known Kerala People's Arts Centre (KPAC) before making his debut in films in 1973 with
Periyar" directed by P J Antony. It was, however, his role in 1979 in Ulkadal that got him noticed.
During his illustrious career, he acted in more than 200 films and won the hearts of movie lovers with an amazing variety of roles, including some very moving and powerful portrayals of strong characters. He was equally good in serious, comic roles and negative roles.
He won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1988 for his role in Rithubhedam and several other awards at the national and state levels over the years. The Government honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2009.
Actor Thilakan's sons and others at the VJT Hall in Thiruvananthapuram, where his body was kept for people to pay their
last respects, on September 24, 2012
He got his first State award for his role in Yavanika. His other notable roles were in Kireedam, Sphadikam, Moonnam Pakkam, Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, Mookkilla Rajyathu, Chenkol, Randam Bhavam and Kaattu Kuthira. He had also acted in several Tamil films.
Many of Thilakan's popular roles were those in which he teamed up with superstar Mohanlal and the two played a father-son duo. His comical roles in Nadodikkattu and Pattanapravesham, Mookkilla Rajyathu and Naaduvazhikal will remain memorable. He played the lead roles in movies like Ekantham, Perumthachan, Santhanagopalam, My Dear Muthachan and Mukhamudra (a double role).