“YOU CAN KILL ME, BUT NOT DEFEAT ME!!”
A man who was passionate about his art, volatile in his behaviour, highly refined in his skills, and shamelessly immodest about his abilities – That describes the great actor, Surendranatha Thilakan, who was an unparalleled stalwart in the film industry of my country.
He straddled the words of both arthouse flms and mainstream cinema, with unparalleled commitment and verve. He was also a darling of the masses who challenged majoritarian norms in society. He has bagged many awards & would still live through his characters….
But, the last few years had been extremely stressful for the great actor that perhaps landed him in bad health. His inability to conform to the dubious double-standards of the industry saw him being “banned” from films. Unfazed by the bans, he went back to his first love, theatre, and appeared in more than 80 stages across the state. However, some of the “new generation” directors and actors defied the ban and brought him back to pivotal roles in their films. In fact, there were more in the pipeline when he suffered a stroke and fell unconscious. & it ended up in his death this morning…
The whole day, all channels were dedicated to the stalwart & the whole state was with honour for him…
Those who led wars against him, also joined others with tonnes of praises… Thilakan himself has said, “I know to act only in reels, not in real life”
Hats off to the talented actor & the great individual, who has withdrawn from the reel of life itself!!