Thilakan leaves throne empty

Thilakan, 77, who immortalised a wide range of  characters on the celluloid with his powerful portrayals is no more.

Published: 25th September 2012 09:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th September 2012 12:30 PM   |  A+A-


Thilakan, 77, who immortalised a wide range of  characters on the celluloid with his powerful portrayals is no more.  He had been battling for  life in a hospital here for nearly a month and the end came at 3.35 am on Monday, leaving Malayalam cinema poorer.

A stream of visitors from all walks of life flocked to the hospital and other places where the body of the Perunthachan of acting was taken.   It was first shifted to the   house of  one of  his sons at Vettamukku and later to the flat near Thampanoor where he was residing.  After public homage was paid at the VJT Hall, he was cremated with state honours at the Thycaud crematorium in the evening.

Thilakan has six children—Shaji, Shammi, Shobby, Shibu, Sofiya and Soniya — from three marriages.

 Thilakan’s latest tryst with ailments  started at a shooting location in  Ottapalam over  a month ago when he had  a cardiac arrest. After a brief treatment in a Thrissur hospital, he was shifted to the capital. While at his son’s house here, he  suffered another cardiac failure  and was admitted to a private hospital. Later he was treated in another hospital, as he also had a cerebral stroke.    He was  on ventilator  support due to multiple organ failure followed by a bout of  pneumonia.  His sons Shammi and Shobby were his side  when the  end came. The state government bore  his entire medical expenses. 

Beginning his career in the 1950s through the theatre movement, Thilakan made his film debut  in Ulkadal in 1979. His latest film, Ustad Hotel is currently running in theatres. He acted in over 300 films in Malayalam, and many were hits with his outstanding performances like  Perunthachan,  Kireedam, Spadikam and Kilukkam.

He courted  some controversies  too towards the fag end of his career with his rebellious streak. But once he fell ill, the entire film world stood  beside him in reverence.

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