The legends came together for the first time onscreen for an evergreen classic of Malayalam cinema, Yavanika directed by KG George in 1982. With Panchavadipalam, the ensemble cast led by the two gave another classic to Malayalam cinema. It could have been sheer destiny that Thilakan was awarded the Bharat Gopy Award in 2010, instituted by the Manavaseva Welfare Society.
Regarded as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, and popularly mentioned as the Perumthachan (master craftsman) of Malayalam Cinema, Surendranath Thilakan is known for his excellence in character, antagonist, and protagonist roles. He has won 3 National Film Awards and 9 Kerala State Film Awards. The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri in 2009 for his contributions towards the arts.