Sep 24, 2012 at 10:00am IST

Veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan dies of heart failure

Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran Malayam actor Thilakan died in a Thiruvanathapuram hospital early on Monday morning. He was 74 years of age.

Thilakan had been admitted to KIMS hospital with pneumonia and was on ventilator support. He died of a heart failure.

Thilakan who began his acting career in his intermediate days, had been associated with several drama troupes in his early days including the pro-Left Kerala Peoples' Arts Centre (KPAC). He entered the filmdom in 1979 with a minor role in KG George's 'Ulkadal'.

Since then, he had acted in more than 200 films and won several national and state awards. He won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1988.

He had won state awards for best actor thrice. The actor was awarded the 'Padmashree' in 2009.

'Perumthachan,' 'Yavanika,' 'Kireedam,' 'Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu,' 'Indian Rupee,' 'Moonnampakkam' and 'Kilukkam' are some of the notable films he acted in. 'Ustad Hotel' was his last released film.

(With additional information from PTI)