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Born Surendranath Thilakan
December 10, 1936 (1936-12-10) (age 73)
Ayroor, Travancore
Years active 1979 - Present

Thilakan (സുരേന്ദ്രനാഥ തിലകൻ ) is an Indian actor who works in Malayalam cinema and theatre. He was awarded Padma Shri on 25th of January 2009.[1]

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Career

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Theatre

Thilakan started his career in acting as a theater artist. He ventured into full time acting in theatre after leaving the intermediate college mid-way in the year 1956. It was during his years in theatre that he honed his skills in acting. During this period he and a few friends formed a drama troupe called the Mundakayam Nataka Samithy. He worked with KPAC till 1966 followed by stints in Kalidasa Kala Kendra, Changanacherry Geetha, and P.J. Antony's troupe. Thilakan is now in the fiftieth year of his acting career.

Cinema

In spite of his long association with theatre, Thilakan became a household name only after his foray into Malayalam cinema. He began his career in cinema with a minor role in the film Ulkadal (1979). His first role as a lead character was as Kallu Varkey, a drunkard in Kolangal (1981). Thilakan established himself as an actor after he got his first State Award in 1981 for his role in Yavanika. The film Kireedam was another milestone in his career which is noteworthy for his portrayal of a helpless police man watching silently the fate of his son, played by Mohanlal, who was made into a rowdy by society.

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 the State awards for Santhanagopalam and Gamanam. He was strongly favored [2] 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. Some of his other notable films are Sphadikam, Moonnam Pakkam, Kireedam, Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, Mookkilla Rajyathu, Chenkol, Randam Bhavam, Kaattu Kuthira and Yavanika.

Thilakan is known to be one of the best supporting actors in the Malayalam movie industry. He has also acted in some of the other South Indian language films such as Tamil. While he performs best when given a serious character role, he has also entertained the audiences with his stints in comedy. This is best noted in a movie named Nadodikkattu. He has also done comedy roles in Films like Chakkikotha Chankaran, Mookilla Rajyathu, Pappan Priyapetta Pappan etc.

Thilakan portrayed a range of characters. The most admired and popular ones were the super hits with Mohanlal as they portrayed father-son duo. The major of them were Kireedam, Sphadikam, Narasimham, Evidam Swargamanu, Pavithram and Chenkol. He also played father roles to other popular heroes of his prime. With Mammootty in Sangham, 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 also played many negative roles. His roles of under world don in Randam Bhavam, Karma and Kaalal Pada were much noted. Also he gave many amazing comical performances in films like Nadodikkattu - Pattanapravesham (as a coward underworld don), Mookkilla Rajyathu (as a break out from mental hospital), Kuttettan (as a womanizer) and Naaduvazhikal (as a good for nothing person with a lot of vanity). He played lead roles in many movies including Ekantham, Perumthachan, Santhanagopalam, Kaattukuthira, My dear Muthachan, Mukhamudra (double role) etc.

Thilakan fell terribly ill in the beginning of 2000's and was hospitalized for long. But he came back into life healthy and slowly returned to acting. After his return to acting, he gave a series of statements in many interviews against prominent figures of Malayalam film industry particularly against Mohanlal[citation needed]. He accused that a bunch of actors belonging to Nair community from Thiruvananthapuram is trying to underplay him[citation needed]. In his come back, he played some character roles with Mammootty, but later accused him for giving him less significant roles. In 2008, he had a hot argument with another actor Nedumudi Venu which included personal accusations[citation needed].

In 2007, he acted in Ekantham for which he received a special mention from the jury.[3] Even the film technicians’ guild, MACTA, made an exception recently and honoured him though he is not a technician. His boundless talent is likely to bring him into reckoning once again.[4]

Christian Brother's Controversy

In February 2010 it was reported that the producer of the movie "Christian Brothers" excluded Thilakan from the film on the direction of the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA), the predominant film technicians association. Thilakan had been earlier signed for a role in the film . The exclusion was reportedly due to Thilakans acting in a film of director Vinayan who till recently headed the rival association called Malayalam Cine Technicians Association (MACTA).

On February 3rd 2010 Thilakan protested in public domain against the unofficial ban enforced on him by FEFKA and named the Malayalm superstar Mammooty 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 accussed AMMA, of which he too is a member. [5] [6]

On February 20th 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. [7]

Awards

Civilian Awards:

National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Filmfare Awards:

Asianet Film Awards

Other Awards

  • 2002 - Bahadoor Award for his contributions to Malayalam Cinema
  • 2005 - Chalachithra Ratna/Lifetime Achievement Award by Kerala Film Critics Association

Selected filmography

  • Drona 2010 (2010)
  • Evidam Swargamanu (2009)
  • Pazhassi Raja (2009)
  • Makante achan (2009)
  • Orkkuka Vallapozhum
  • Red Chillies (2009)
  • Black Cat(2007)
  • Ekantham (2007)
  • Prajapathi (2006) .... Vellodi
  • Chinthamani Kolacase (2006)
  • Nerariyan CBI( aka Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Part IV) (2005) .... Kapra
  • Sathyam (2004) .... Ayyappan Nair
  • Vellinakshatram (2004)
  • Koottu (2004) .... Dr. Hariharan
  • Kilichundan Mampazham (2003) .... Chekutty Muthalali
  • Kalyanaraman (2002) .... Meppattu Thirumeni
  • Valkannadi (2002) .... Raghavan
  • Randam Bhavam (2001)
  • Mazha (2000)
  • Narashimham (2000)
  • Priyam (2000) .... Achan
  • Pallavur Devanarayanan (1999) .... Pallavur Sreekanta Pothuval
  • Prempujari (1999)
  • Thachiledathu Chundan (1999) .... Vikraman Nair
  • Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999) .... Kochu Thoma
  • The Truth (1998)
  • Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998) .... Karunan
  • Elavamkodu Desam (1998) .... Mooss
  • Mailpeelikkavu (1998)
  • Meenathil Thalikettu (1998)
  • Nakshathra Tharattu (1998)
  • 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
  • Mookkilla Rajyathu (1996)
  • Karma (1995)
  • Peterscott (1995)
  • Sphadikam (1995) .... Chacko Master
  • Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum (1995)
  • Thacholi Varghese Chekavar (1995) .... Avarachan
  • Chukkan (1994) .... Fired Factory Worker
  • Gamanam (1994)
  • Kinnaripuzhayoram (1994)
  • Kudumba Visesham (1994) .... Madhavan Nair
  • Minnaram (1994) .... Bobby's Father : Retd Judge Mathews
  • Pakshe (1994) .... Mohan Lal's father in law
  • Pavithram (1994) .... Easwara Pillai
  • Pingami (1994) .... Kumaran
  • Santhana Gopalam (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)
  • Kalippattam (1993) .... Urvashi's father
  • Manichithrathazhu (1993) .... Brahmadattan Nampoothirippadu
  • Samagamam (1993) .... Pallivathukkal Kariyachan
  • Kauravar (1992) .... Aliyar
  • Daivathinte Vikrithikal (1992) .... Landlord
  • Ezhara Ponnana (1992) .... Madhava Menon
  • My Dear Muthachan (1992) .... Parameswaran
  • Sadhyam (1992)
  • Swaroopam (1992)
  • Dhanam (1991)
  • Georgekutty C/O Georgekutty (1991) .... Itichen
  • Godfather (1991) .... Balaraman
  • Kadavu (aka The Ferry)(1991)
  • Kilukkam (1991) .... Judge Nambiar Pillai
  • Mookilla Rajyathe (1991)
  • Sandesham (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)
  • Maala Yogam (1990) .... Mukesh's father
  • Perumthachan (aka The Master Carpenter)(1990) .... Raman
  • Radha Madhavam (1990)
  • Rajavazhcha (1990) .... Madhava Panikkar
  • Sasneham (1990) .... Retired Stationmaster
  • Adharvam (1989) .... Mekkadan
  • Chakkikotha Chankaran (1989) .... Raghavan Thampi
  • Chanakyan (1989) .... Mathor Menon
  • Jaathakam (1989) .... Appukuttan Nair
  • Kaalal Pada (1989)
  • Kireedam (1989) .... Achudhandan
  • Naaduvazhikal (1989) .... Shankaran
  • Varavelppu (1989) .... Ramakrishnan
  • Varnam (1989) .... Major M. K. Nair
  • Dhwani (1988) .... Vettukuzhi
  • Kudumba Puranam (1988)
  • Moonnam Pakkam (1988) .... Muthachan
  • Pattana Pravesham (1988) .... Ananthan Nambiar
  • Witness (1988) .... Vikraman Nair
  • Thaniyavartanam (1987)
  • Achuvettante Veedu (1987) .... Damodaran Nair
  • Amritamgamaya (1987) .... Kurup
  • Manja Manthrangal (1987) .... Mathew Paul
  • Nadodikkattu (1987) .... Ananthan Nambiar
  • Sruthi (1987) .... Aasan
  • Vilambaram (1987) .... James
  • Pranamam (1986) .... Aparna's Father
  • Ee Kaikalil (1986) .... Ummachan
  • Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986) .... Maya's Father
  • Ithile Iniyum Varu (1986) .... Kaimal
  • Ennennum Kannettante (1986)
  • Irakal (1986) .... Mathukutty
  • Kunjattakilikal (1986) .... Ayyappan Nair
  • Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986) .... Sofia's Stepfather
  • Oridathu (1986) .... Raman
  • Panchagni (1986) .... Raman
  • 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
  • Vasantha Sena (1985) .... Unnithan
  • 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
  • Yavanika (aka The Curtain Falls )(1982) (as Tilakan) .... Vakkachan
  • Kolangal (aka Caricatures ) (1981) .... Drunk
  • Ulkatal (1978) .... Rahulan's Father

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