Thilakan had acted in more than 200 films in a career spanning more than 50 years. Born as Surendranath Thilakan on Jul 15, 1938, his first foray into acting was in theatres where he was a name to reckon with his brilliant ability to tackle complex characters. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 for his contribution to arts.
Thilakan had reportedly collapsed during a film shoot and was hospitalised on Aug 23 following a heart attack. He was in a critical condition ever since.
Thilakan's demise is sure to leave a vacuum in the Malayalam film industry.