'Thilakan straddled both stage and screen'

Veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan passed away at a private hospital here early Monday. He was 74.

Monday, September 24, 2012   |  Copyright: IANS  |  Comments 16 Comments  |  1066 Views

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Veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan passed away at a private hospital here early Monday. He was 74.

The actor, who died at 3 a.m., was in critical condition after suffering two heart attacks. He acted in nearly 300 films in south Indian languages, mostly Malayalam.

Beginning his career on stage in the 1950s, he became famous with his very first film, "Ulkadal" (1979). His latest film, "Ustad Hotel", is still running in theatres.

The state government has borne the hospital expenses of the actor since his hospitalisation a month ago. Thilakan is survived by two sons and a daughter.

The body was kept at VJT Hall here, so that his fans could pay their last respects before the cremation Monday.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that Thilakan had straddled both the stage and the screen world, and that actors like him were rare. "The void he leaves cannot be filled," the chief minister said, recalling a career that spanned five decades.

Leader of the opposition V.S. Achuthanandan said Thilakan was a close friend of the communist movement, and one willing to fight battles for the industry single-handed.

"He stood tall in the field of theatre and cinema and his passing away is an irreparable loss to the social and cultural fabric of the state," Achuthanandan said.


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  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 10:06pm--Divya--

    RIP Tilakan sir...This is abig loss for Malayalam/Indian cinema...

  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 7:20pmvineetha87

    Terrible loss indeed..May your soul Rest In Peace.

  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 11:29amshabna


    finest actor in world cinema...too bad our artistes go unnoticed internationally...

  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 9:58am..Apz..

    RIP...u were the soul of the industry!

  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 9:42amRadioactive.

    You will be missed Thilakan Sir.!

  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 8:02am..geeth..

    Thilakan was a wonderful actor and a big loss to malayalam indusrty. U will live in our hearts through ur characters. May ur soul rest in peace.

  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 7:59amasihaseen

    a very big loss for Malayalam industry,will miss the great actor,no one can take his place...may his soul rest pleace

  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 7:38amswetha811

    Thilakan sir one of the finest actors Malayalam film industry has ever seen... A true example of perfection and versatility...
    Sir you will always stay alive in our minds... May your soul rest in peace...

    Edited on:24 September 2012 at 7:38am

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  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 7:30amnavya19

    Amazing actor...may his soul RIP...

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  • Posted on: 24 September 2012 at 7:15amparvati.anya

    a very big loss to malayalam film industry. may his soul rest in peace...

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