Thilakan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Thilakan
Thilakan.JPG
Born Surendranatha Thilakan
(1935-07-15)15 July 1935[1]
Ayroor,[1]Travancore
Died 24 September 2012(2012-09-24) (aged 76)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala,
Years active 1956–1978 (stage)
1972, 1979–2012 (film)
Spouse(s) Shanta, Leela
Children Shaji Thilakan, Shammi Thilakan,Shoby Thilakan, Shibu Thilakan,Dr.Sonia Thilakan,Sophia Ajith
Awards Padma Shri (2009)

Surendranatha Thilakan (15 July 1935 – 24 September 2012), known mononymously as Thilakan, was an Indian film and stage actor who had starred in over 200 Malayalam films .

Thilakan is regarded as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, and popularly mentioned as the Perumthachan (master craftsman) of Malayalam Cinema.[2][3] He has won 3 National Film Awards and 9 Kerala State Film Awards. The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri in 2009 for his contributions towards the arts.[4]

Thilakan died on 24 September 2012,[5][6] following a cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.

Career[edit]

Early performances[edit]

Thilakan started his career in acting as a theatre artiste when he ventured into full-time acting in theatre after leaving intermediate college mid-way in the year 1956. During this period he and a few friends formed a drama troupe in Mundakayam, where his father was working as an estate supervisor, and the troupe was called the Mundakayam Nataka Samithy. He worked with Kerala People's Arts Club till 1966, followed by stints in Kalidasa Kala Kendra, Changanacherry Geetha, and P. J. Antony's troupe. He also performed in several radio plays presented by All India Radio.

Cinema[edit]

Thilakan began his career in cinema with a role in P.J.Anthony directed Malayalam movie Periyar (1973). He then worked in Gandharvakshetram and Ulkadal (1979). His first role as a lead character was as Kallu Varkey, a drunkard in Kolangal (1981). Thilakan was awarded his first State Award in 1981 for his role in Yavanika.

In 1988, he received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Rithubhedam. Again in 1994, and in 1998, he won State awards for Santhanagopalam and Gamanam. He was strongly favoured[7] to get another National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie Perumthachan. As noted in the rediff interview, the award was steered away from him to Amitabh Bachchan due to strong lobbying, as Amitabh announced his retirement that year.[7] The film Kireedam was a milestone in his career; in this film he portrayed a helpless policeman silently watching the fate of his son, played by Mohanlal, who was made into a rowdy by society. Some of Thilakan's other notable films are Sphadikam, Moonnam Pakkam, Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, Mookkilla Rajyathu, Chenkol, Randam Bhavam, Kaattu Kuthira and Yavanika.

He has also acted in other South Indian languages, such as [[Tamil cinema|Tamil] and Telugu (in "Palanati Brahmanaidu"].

Thilakan has portrayed a range of characters. The most popular roles have been with Mohanlal when they portrayed a father-son duo. These included Kireedam, Sphadikam, Narasimham, Evidam Swargamanu, Pavithram and Chenkol. He has also played father roles to other popular actors, including with Mammootty in Sangham, The Truth, No. 1 Snehatheeram Banglore North and Pallavur Devanarayanan, with Jayaram in Veendum Chila Veettu Karyangal and Sandesam, with Dileep in Meenathil Thaalikettu, with Kunchacko Boban in Aniyathi Pravu and with Prithviraj in Sathyam. He has also played many negative roles. His roles of underworld don in Randam Bhavam, Karma and Kaalal Pada were memorable. He has played comical roles in films like Nadodikkattu and Pattanapravesham (as a coward underworld don), Mookkilla Rajyathu (as a break-out from a mental hospital), Kuttettan (as a pimp) and Naaduvazhikal (as a good-for-nothing, vain person). He has played lead roles in many movies including Ekantham, Perumthachan, Santhanagopalam, Kaattukuthira, My Dear Muthachan, Mukhamudra (double role), etc.

In 2007, he acted in Ekantham, for which he received a special mention from the jury.[8]

Controversies[edit]

In February 2010, it was reported that the producer of the movie Christian Brothers excluded Thilakan from the film at the request of the FEFKA, the predominant film technicians association. Thilakan had been earlier signed for a role in the film. The exclusion was reportedly due to Thilakan acting in a film by director Vinayan, who till recently headed the rival association MACTA. On 3 February 2010, Thilakan publicly protested against the unofficial ban enforced on him by FEFKA and blamed Mammootty for engineering the ban. The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) issued a show cause notice to Thilakan for bringing the issue into the public domain. Thilakan accused AMMA, of which he too is a member.[9][10] On 20 February 2010 the issue gained political colours when CPI's trade union wing, AITUC, came out openly in support of Thilakan, while a senior party leader and Rajya Sabha member K. E. Ismail expressed reservations about his party getting involved in the tangle.[11]

Thilakan was originally cast to play an important role in a UAE-Indian co-production film Dam 999.[12] He was later replaced, following a notice from FEFKA stating that if Thilakan acted in the film, the association would boycott it. Sohan said they were forced to seek for a substitute for Thilakan when it came to the point that shooting might be disrupted.[13] Eventually, Rajit Kapur was cast instead of Thilakan.[14] There were reports that Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) also had intervened in Thilakan's replacement.[14] In a related development, Thilakan and his supporters had a march toward the shooting location of the film at Alappuzha.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Thilakan was the second of the six children of Palapurath T.S. Keshavan and Deevayani. Thilakan was born in Plankamon, Ayroor Panchayat in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Thilakan lived in Plankamon until he started acting in movies with which he moved to Ernakulam. Thilakan was married to actress Santha with whom he appeared in several productions. Thilakan and Santha had three children Shaji Thilakan, Shammi Thilakan & Shoby Thilakan. Later he married his co-artist Leela with whom he had a son, Shibu Thilakan, and two daughters Dr.Sonia Thilakan and Sophia Ajith.

Death[edit]

Thilakan was admitted to a hospital in Thrissur on 1 August 2012 after he collapsed during the shooting of the film Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu. He was then shifted to KIMS Hospital, Trivandrum and was in critical condition after suffering two heart attacks. Besides having cardiac problems, Thilakan was suffering from pneumonia. He was put on a ventilator and died on 24 September 2012.[16]

Awards[edit]

Civilian Awards
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards
Other awards

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

  • Bangles (2013) Prof. Vincent Chenna Durai (posthumous film)
  • God for Sale (2013) Sakhavu Vareeth (posthumous film)
  • August Club (2013) ... K.P.T. Menon (posthumous film)
  • Dracula 2012 (2013) (posthumous film)
  • Annum Innum Ennum (2013) ... Dr. Benjamin Bruno (posthumous film)
  • Yathrakkoduvil (2013) ...Ravi (posthumous film)
  • Ardhanaari (2012) (posthumous film)
  • Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu (2012) (posthumous film)
  • Simhasanam (2012)
  • No. 66 Madhura Bus (2012)
  • Mullamottum Munthiricharum ... Vazhakkula Achan (2012)
  • Ustad Hotel (2012) .... Kareem
  • Koodaram (2012)
  • Spirit (2012)
  • Manjadikuru (2012)
  • Indian Rupee (2011) .... Achutha Menon
  • Arabipponnu (2011)
  • Raghuvinte Swantham Rasiya (2011) .... Kuttappan Bhagavathar
  • Chungakkarum Veshyakalum (2011) .... Unniyachan
  • Kalabha Mazha (2011) ..... Madhava Menon
  • Achan (2011) .... Major Madhava Menon
  • Yakshiyum Njanum (2010)
  • Drona 2010 (2010)
  • Kanmazha Peyyum Munpe (2010)
  • Evidam Swargamanu (2009) .... Jermias
  • Pazhassi Raja (2009) .... Kurumbranaadu Raja Veeravarma
  • Makante Achan (2009) .... K. C. Francis
  • Orkkuka Vallapozhum
  • Kappal Muthalaali(2009)..... Yamarajan
  • Red Chillies (2009) .... Comrade Maani Varghese
  • Aayudham (2008) .... Madhavan
  • Vilapagalkkappuram (2008)....Gopalan
  • Black Cat (2007)
  • Eakantham (2007) .... Achutha Menon
  • Prajapathi (2006) .... Vellodi
  • Nagaram (2007) .... Judge
  • Raashtram (2006)....Sakhavu Gopalan
  • Prajapathi (2006) .... Vellodi
  • Chinthamani Kolacase (2006) .... Veeramani Varier
  • Nerariyan CBI (aka Oru CBI Diary Kurippu: Part IV) (2005) .... Kapra
  • Isra(2005)... Baba
  • Sathyam (2004) .... Ayyappan Nair
  • Vellinakshatram (2004)
  • Koottu (2004) .... Dr. Hariharan
  • Malsaram(2003) .... Father
  • Kilichundan Mampazham (2003) .... Chekutty Muthalali
  • Kalyanaraman (2002) .... Meppattu Thirumeni
  • Valkannadi (2002) .... Raghavan
  • Randam Bhavam (2001)
  • Mazha (2000)
  • Narashimham (2000)...Marancheri Karunakara Menon
  • Priyam (2000) .... Achan
  • Pallavur Devanarayanan (1999) .... Pallavur Sreekanta Pothuval
  • Prempujari (1999)...Music Director
  • Thachiledathu Chundan (1999) .... Vikraman Nair
  • Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999) .... Kochu Thoma
  • The Truth (1998)... Patteri
  • Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998) .... Karunan Mash
  • Elavamkodu Desam (1998) .... Mooss
  • Mayilpeelikkavu (1998)
  • Meenathil Thalikettu (1998)...Dileep's father
  • Nakshathra Tharattu (1998)
  • Kalapam(1998).... Vayalar Madhavan
  • Punjabi House (1998) .... Kaimal
  • Sidhartha (1998) .... Raghavan
  • Aniyathi Pravu (1997) .... Kunchacko Boban's father
  • Bhoopathi (1997) .... Bawa/Chindan
  • Manickakoodaram (1997)
  • Nagarapuranam (1997) .... Sathya Narayanan
  • Oral Mathram (1997) .... Shekhara Menon
  • Poonilamazha (1997)
  • Ullasappoonkattu (1997) .... John Fernandez
  • Kulam (1996)
  • Kathil Oru Kinnaram (1996) .... Unnithan
  • Yuvathurki (1996)
  • Karma (1995)
  • Peterscott (1995)
  • Sphadikam (1995) .... Chacko Master
  • Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum (1995)
  • Thacholi Varghese Chekavar (1995) .... Avarachan
  • Chukkan (1994) .... Sankaran
  • Gamanam (1994)..... Cheriyachan
  • Kinnaripuzhayoram (1994)
  • Kudumba Visesham (1994) .... Madhavan Nair
  • Minnaram (1994) .... Rtd Judge Mathews
  • Pakshe (1994) .... Mohan Lal's father-in-law
  • Pavithram (1994) .... Easwara Pillai
  • Pingami (1994) .... Kumaran
  • Agrajan (1994) ....
  • Santhanagopalam (1994)
  • Vendor Daniel State Licency (1994) .... Vendor Daniel
  • Aagneyam (1993) .... Velu Asan
  • Ammayana Sathyam (1993) .... R. Varghese Mathew
  • Chenkol (1993) .... Sethu's father
  • Ente Sreekuttikku (1993)
  • MayaMayooram (1993)
  • Janam (1993).... D.G.P Thomas Mathew
  • Aacharyan (1993) ..... Menon
  • Ghoshayathra (1993)..... Moideen Haji
  • Kalippattam (1993) .... Urvashi's father
  • Manichithrathazhu (1993) .... Brahmadattan Nampoothirippadu
  • Samagamam (1993) .... Pallivathukkal Kariyachan
  • Kauravar (1992) .... Aliyar
  • Daivathinte Vikrithikal (1992) .... Kumaran
  • Ezhara Ponnana (1992) .... Madhava Menon
  • My Dear Muthachan (1992) .... Parameswaran
  • Sadhyam (1992)
  • Swaroopam (1992)
  • Mahanagaram (1992)...
  • Mukhamudra (1992)... Double role
  • Dhanam (1991)
  • Georgekutty C/O Georgekutty (1991) .... Sunitha'sFather Itichen
  • Godfather (1991) .... Balaraman (elder son of Anjooran)
  • Kadavu (aka The Ferry) (1991)
  • Kilukkam (1991) .... Judge Nambiar
  • Mookilla Rajyathe (1991)
  • Sandesam (1991) .... Raghavan Nair
  • Venal Kinavukal (1991) .... Gopalakrishnan Nair
  • Kuttettan (1990) .... Thomas Chacko
  • Oliyampukal (1990) .... John Mathew
  • Mathilukal (aka The Walls) (1990)
  • Ee Kannikoodi (1990) .... Simon
  • Kattu Kuthira (1990) .... Kochuvava
  • Maala Yogam (1990) .... Mukesh's father
  • Perumthachan (aka The Master Carpenter) (1990) .... Raman
  • Radha Madhavam (1990)
  • Rajavazhcha (1990) .... Madhava Panikkar
  • Sasneham (1990) .... Retired Stationmaster
  • Vachanam (1989) .... Police Officer
  • Adharvam (1989) .... Mekkadan
  • Chakkikotha Chankaran (1989) .... Raghavan Thampi
  • Chanakyan (1989) .... Madhava Menon
  • Jathakam (1989) .... Appukuttan Nair
  • Jaithra Yathra (1989) ..... Prof. Banerjee
  • Kaalal Pada (1989)
  • Varnatheru (1989) ..... Rohini's Father
  • Kireedam (1989) .... Achuthan Nair (Sethu's father)
  • Naaduvazhikal (1989) .... Shankaran
  • Varavelppu (1989) .... Ramakrishnan
  • Varnam (1989) .... Major M. K. Nair
  • Kandathum Kettathum(1989)...
  • Ammavanu Pattiya Ammalli (1989)... Menon
  • Dhwani (1988) .... Vettukuzhi
  • Kudumba Puranam (1988) .... Sankaran Nair
  • Moonnam Pakkam (1988) .... Muthachan
  • Pattana Pravesham (1988) .... Ananthan Nambiar
  • Witness (1988) .... Vikraman Nair
  • Mukthi (1988) .... Drunkard
  • Onninu Purake Mattonnu (1988) .... Velu
  • Thaniyavarthanam (1987)
  • Achuvettante Veedu (1987) .... Damodaran Nair
  • Amritamgamaya (1987) .... Kurup
  • Manja Manthrangal (1987) .... Mathew Paul
  • Nadodikkattu (1987) .... Ananthan Nambiar
  • Sruthi (1987) .... Aasan
  • Aalippazhangal (1987) .... Padmanabhan Thampi
  • Idanaazhiyil Oru Kaalocha (1987).... Father Dennis
  • Vilambaram (1987) .... James
  • Kadhakku Pinnil (1987) .... Kunjipalu
  • Ritubhetham (1987) .... Achunni Nair
  • Vrutham (1987) .... Chacko
  • Kalam Mari Katha Mari (1987) .... Hameed
  • Eennu Nathante Nimmi' (1986) .... Police Inspector
  • Pranamam (1986) .... Aparna's Father
  • Ee Kaikalil (1986) .... Ummachan
  • Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986) .... Maya's Father
  • Ithile Iniyum Varu (1986) .... Kaimal
  • Ennennum Kannettante (1986)
  • Chilambu (1986) .... Appu Nair
  • Rareeram (1986) .... Doctor Tharakan
  • Oru Yugasandhya(1986).... Shanmugam
  • Irakal (1986) .... Mathukutty
  • Kunjattakilikal (1986) .... Ayyappan Nair
  • Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986) .... Sofia's Stepfather
  • Oridathu (1986) .... Raman
  • Panchagni (1986) .... Raman
  • Akalangalil (1986) ....
  • Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986)
  • Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986) .... Damodaran
  • Ee Lokam Ivide Kure Manushyar (1985) .... Krishna Pillai
  • Yathra (aka Yaatra) (1985) .... Jailor
  • Ente Kanakkuyil (aka Ente Kanakuyil) (1985) .... Kuttan Nair
  • Ayanam (1985) .... Priest
  • Anu Bandham (aka Anubandham) (1985) .... Menon
  • Aram + Aram = Kinnaram (1985) .... M.N.Nambiar
  • Koodum Thedi (1985) .... Priest
  • Noketha Doorathu kannum Nattu (1985)
  • Thammil Thammil (1985) ....
  • Ambada Njane (1985) .... Padmanabhan
  • Upaharam(1985).... Divakaran
  • Akalathe Ambili (1985) .... Kichettan
  • Iniyum Katha Thudarum (1985)
  • Katha Ithuvare (1985)
  • Oru Kuda Keezil (1985) .... Kuruppu
  • Akkachide Kunjuvava (1985) ....
  • Mukhyamanthri(1985)
  • Vasantha Sena (1985) .... Unnithan
  • Uyarangalil (1984) .... Police C.I
  • Aattuvanchi Ulanjappol (1984) .... Karunakaran Nair
  • Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla (1984) .... Bhargavan Pillai
  • Engane Undasane (1984)
  • Koottinilamkili (1984) .... Devasya
  • Onnanu Nammal (1984) .... Sethu's father
  • Oru Kochukatha Aarum Parayatha Katha (1984) .... Mammukka
  • Panchavadi Palam (1984).... Ishak Tharakan
  • Adaminte Variyellu (aka Adam's Rib) (1983) .... Purushothaman Nair
  • Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983) .... Fr. Joseph Sebastian
  • Prasnam Gurutharam (1983) .... Mohan's father
  • Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla (1983) .... Home minister
  • Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flash Back (1983) ....
  • Chiriyo chiri.... Film Producer
  • Yavanika (aka The Curtain Falls) (1982) (as Tilakan) .... Vakkachan
  • Kolangal (aka Caricatures) (1981) .... Varkey
  • Ulkadal (1979) .... Rahulan's father
  • Gandarvakshetram (1972)...
  • Periyar. (1972)...First film.

Tamil films[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Movie | Thilakan - The Unique Style of Acting. Manorama Online.
  2. ^ Thilakan:Profile And Biography, Malayalam Movie Actor Thilakan latest Photo Gallery | Video Gallery, Malayalam Movie Actor Thilakan, Thilakan Filimography ,Thilakan Films and Cinemas , Thilakan Awards And Nominations. Metromatinee.com.
  3. ^ 'The Malayalam superstars are highly insecure'. Rediff.com (31 December 2004).
  4. ^ Padma Awards announced, Press Information Bureau
  5. ^ Zee News. "Veteran malayalam actor thilakan passed away". Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan dead. Tdnpost.com (24 September 2012).
  7. ^ a b "Interview with Thilakan". 
  8. ^ "54th National Film awards". Press Information Bureau (PIB), Govt of India. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  9. ^ Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper - India[dead link]
  10. ^ The Times of India http://movies.indiatimes.com/news-gossip/regional-/malayalam/Thilakan-protests-Malayalam-film-body-demands-apology/articleshow/5554845.cms |url= missing title (help). 
  11. ^ http://www.ptinews.com/news/527887_Thilakan-issue-spills-on-to-political-domain
  12. ^ "Thilakan to enter Hollywood". One India. 3 February 2009. 
  13. ^ "It's official; Thilakan is out of Dam 999". Nowrunning. 1 March 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Rajath Kapoor replaces Thilakan in Dam 999". One India. 11 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Malayalam film body gives Thilakan another chance". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 March 2010. [dead link]
  16. ^ Malayalam thespian Thilakan dead. The Hindu (24 September 2012).
  17. ^ "Filmfare Awards South Lifetime Achievement Awards". 
  18. ^ "The 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011(South)". The Times of India. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bharat Gopi Award for Thilakan". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 9 June 2010. 
  20. ^ "Vayalar Ramavarma Chalachithra - Madhyama Awards 2011 announced". 

http://www.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/malayalamContentView.do?contentId=12481375&programId=1073753760&tabId=11&contentType=EDITORIAL&BV_ID=@@@

External links[edit]