The Speaker, Ministers, representatives of various political parties and people from all walks of life on Monday mourned the death of veteran actor Thilakan.
Condoling the death of Thilakan, Speaker G. Karthikeyan said Malayalam cinema had lost one of its greatest actors ever and that the characters he had emoted on screen would live forever.
Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed, and Social Welfare Minister M.K. Muneer condoled the death of Thilakan and said that his loss would be felt deeply by the film and theatre world which he had dominated for over three decades.
Labour Minister Shibu Baby John, in his condolence message, said through his inimitable style of acting, Thilakan had left his indelible stamp on Malayalam cinema. Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash and IT Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty said he had been the pride of Malayalam cinema and Kerala and that his loss left a huge void in the cultural arena.
Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar said the courage and conviction that he had shown in holding on to his ideals till his end was unparalleled.
Minister for Water resources P.J. Joseph said the characters that Thilakan had given life to on screen would remain forever with Malayalis. Cultural Affairs Minister K.C. Joseph said Thilakan was an actor par excellence, who had enriched cinema and theatre.
Finance Minister K.M. Mani said in his passing, an epoch had ended in Malayalam cinema
Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar said Thilakan’s feat in Malayalam cinema and theatre world was unparalleled. Union Minister for Food and Civil Supplies K.V. Thomas said Thilakan had enriched Malayalam cinema with his strong and powerful characters.
RSP general secretary T.J. Chandrachoodan said Malayalam cinema had lost one of its best talents.
State Secretary of the CPI(M) Pinarayi Vijayan, expressing his deep sadness over the demise of Thilakan, said he had been an actor who never forgot his social responsibility and one who breathed life into every character that he portrayed.
CPI State secretary Pannian Raveendran said an extraordinary actor aside, Thilakan had always lived in the hearts of people.
Shashi Tharoor, MP, said Thilakan was a great actor whose contributions to the film field would be remembered for long
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala, Bharatiya Janata Party State president V. Muraleedharan, former Minister for Water Resources N.K. Premachandran, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member M.A. Baby, RSP State secretary M.A. Aziz, MLA, secretary of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi P.V. Krishnan Nair, KPAC president K.E. Ismail, Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi secretary Sreemolanagaram Mohan, AITUC Kerala State Council general secretary Kanam Rajendran, general secretary of Purogamana Kala Sahithya Sangham V. N. Murali, Thiruvananthapuram Bar Association, All Kerala Cinema Serial Artists’ and Workers’ Association, Banner Film Society expressed their deep anguish over the passing away of Thilakan.