Kerala to foot ailing actor Thilakan’s medical bills

Veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan, 74, is in a critical condition after suffering two heart attacks

Kerala will take care of the medical bills of Thilakan said, Health Minister VS Sivakumar on Sunday.Thilakan suffered two consecutive heart attacks on Saturday. He has been admitted to a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram and is on the ventilator for now. “The chief minister (Oommen Chandy) has cleared this decision. I met the doctors and they have told me that he continues to be on ventilator, but his overall health condition has shown a slight improvement, but still he is not out of danger,” said Sivakumar, who visited Thilakan.

The 74-year-old actor from Kerala has been part of nearly 300 films, most of them in Malayalam. Superstar Suresh Gopi is hopeful and said: “I feel, he (Thilakan) will be soon acting again. When he saw me, I could see tears trickling down his cheeks and this is a good sign because he is expressing himself. We should all extend our prayers to him.”

Beginning his career in the 1950s through the theatre movement, he did his first film Ulkadal in in 1979. In his over three decade film career, he has featured in about 300 films. His latest films, Ustad Hotel and Indian Rupee, has been declared a hit.