Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan passed away at
a private hospital here early Monday, following a cardiac arrest.
He was 77.
Thilakan, who died at 3:35 am this morning, was in a serious
condition after having suffered two heart attacks. He was part of
nearly 300 films, most of them in Malayalam. He is survived by two
sons and two daughters. Thilakan had been struggling ever since he
was admitted on August 23. He also suffered from an attack of
Thilakan's first notable presence on screen was in
Ulkadal (1979) directed by K G George. He was one of the
most talented actors in Malayalam cinema and was recognised with
Thilakan bagged the national award for best supporting actor for
his performance in Rithubhedangal in 1988. In 2007, he got
special mention from the national jury for his role in the film
Ekantham. Thilakan also won the state government's best
actor award twice and the best supporting award six times.