Malayalam actor Thilakan’s car runs over two children
TRIVANDRUM - Veteran Malayalam film actor Thilakan, who returned to the cinema after the removal of a ban by a film artistes’ body, has landed in trouble again when the car he was driving crushed to death two children on Thursday.
The vehicle in which the 73-year-old actor was going to Malappuram for a function hit the auto-rickshaw in which the two children, identified as Farzeen (6) and Fathima Fida (2), and their parents were travelling.
The accident occurred under Pandikkat police station limits in Malappuram district. The deceased’s father Firoz Khan and their mother were injured in the accident. Both have been admitted to Manjeri government hospital.
Thilakan, who became nervous after the accident, has also been admitted to the hospital. The Pandikkatt police have registered a case against the actor for careless driving under section 304 and 279 of the Indian Penal Code.
Thilakan, who has acted in more than 150 films in Malayalam and Tamil, has been passing through a bad patch in his career with the film bodies representing the artistes ostracising him for various reasons.
The accident has come 12 days after the Film Employees’ Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) lifted its one-and-a-half-year-old ban on him. Thilakan had earned the wrath of the film bodies for criticising them and the fellow artistes.
The Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), a body representing the actors, suspended him from the association for speaking against super stars Mammootty and Mohanlal.
The FEFKA had decided not to cooperate with the actor, after he accused its leadership of exerting pressure on the producer of the recently released Christian Brothers to remove him from a key role in the film.
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