Famous Personalities in Kerala

Thilakan

Thilakan is an acclaimed actor in Malayalam cinema and stage plays, known for his excellence in character roles. Thilakan is rated as one of the finest actors in Indian Cinema.

Born 1945

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.

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 who was made into a rowdy by society.

In 1987, he received the National Award for his performance in `Rithubhedam.' Again in 1995, and in 1998, he won the State awards for `Santhanagopalam' and `Gamanam.' He missed the National Award for the best actor by a narrow margin for his performance in the movie `Perumthachan'. Some of his other notable films are `Sphadikam', `Moonnam Pakkam', `Kireedam', `Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal',`Chenkol', `Randam Bhavam', Kaattu Kuthira, and `Yavanika'.

Films Acted
Prajapathi (2006) .... Vellodi
Chinthamani Kolacase (2006)
Nerariyan CBI (2005) .... Kapra
... aka Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Part IV
Sathyam (2004) .... Ayyappan Nair
Vellinakshatram (2004)
Koottu (2004) .... Dr. Hariharan
Kilichundan Mampazham (2003) .... Chekutty Muthalali
Kalyanaraman (2002) .... Meppattu Thirumeni
... aka Kalyana Raman (India: Malayalam title: alternative transliteration)
Valkannadi (2002) .... Raghavan
Randam Bhavam (2001)
Mazha (2000)
Narashimham (2000)
Priyam (2000) .... Achan
Pallavur Devanarayanan (1999) .... Pallavur Sreekanta Pothuval
Prempujari (1999)
... aka Prem Poojari (India: Malayalam title: alternative transliteration)
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) .... Sudhish's father
Bhoopathi (1997) .... Bawa/Chindan
Manickakoodaram (1997)
Nagarapuranam (1997) .... Sathya Narayanan
Oral Mathram (1997) .... Shekhara Menon
Poonilamazha (1997)
Ullasappoonkattu (1997) .... John Fernandez
Mookkilla Rajathu Murimookkan Rajavu (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 Uncle
Pakshe (1994)
Pavithram (1994) .... Easwara Pillai
Pingami (1994) .... Kumaran
Santhana Gopalam (1994)
Vendor Daniel State Licency (1994)
Aagneyam (1993) .... Velu Asan
Ammayana Sathyam (1993) .... R. Varghese Mathew
Chenkol (1993)
Ente Sreekuttikku (1993)
Kalippattam (1993)
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) .... Veerabhadran
Kadavu (1991)
... aka The Ferry
Kilukkam (1991) .... Judge Nambiar
Mookilla Rajyathe (1991)
Sandesham (1991) .... Raghavan Nair
Venal Kinavukal (1991) .... Gopalakrishnan Nair
Kuttettan (1990) .... Thomas Chaco
Oliyampukal (1990) .... John Mathew
Mathilukal (1990)
... aka Mathilukal (India: Malayalam title)
... aka The Walls
Ee Kannikoodi (1990) .... Simon
Kattu Kuthira (1990)
Maala Yogam (1990)
Perumthachan (1990) .... Raman
... aka The Master Carpenter
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
... aka Kireedom (India: Malayalam title: alternative transliteration)
Naaduvazhikal (1989) .... Shankaran
Varavelppu (1989) .... Ramakrishnan
Varnam (1989) .... Major M. K. Nair
Dhwani (1988) .... Vettukuzhi
Kudumba Puranam (1988)
Moonnam Pakkam (1988)
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
... aka And There Was a Village
... aka Once Somewhere
... aka Sometime, Somewhere
... aka Somewhere
... aka There Was a Village
Panchagni (1986) .... Raman
Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986)
Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986) .... Damodaran
Ee Lokam Ivide Kure Manushyar (1985) .... Krishna Pillai
Yathra (1985) .... Jailor
... aka Yaatra (India: Malayalam title: alternative transliteration)
Ente Kanakkuyil (1985) .... Kuttan Nair
... aka Ente Kanakuyil (India: Malayalam title: alternative transliteration)
Ayanam (1985) .... Priest
Anu Bandham (1985) .... Menon
... aka Anubandham (India: Malayalam title: alternative transliteration)
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
Adaminte Variyellu (1983) .... Purushothaman Nair
... aka Adam's Rib
Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983) .... Fr. Joseph Sebastian
Prasnam Gurutharam (1983) .... Mohan's Father
Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla (1983) .... Home Minister
Yavanika (1982) (as Tilakan) .... Vakkachan
... aka The Curtain Falls (India: English title)
Kolangal (1981) .... Drunk
... aka Caricatures (India: English title)
Ulkatal (1978) .... Rahulan's Father

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