Thilakan in his reply speech said that he was conferred the Padmasree honour directly by the central government without any recommendations from Kerala government and he was proud of it. “My mind is my strength and it has brought me here. I acquired this energy from the affection which has contributed by my audience, I will continue in this field until it expires." KSFDC Managing Director A. Ayyappan, Thoppil Bhasi Drama Study Centre secretary Balan Thirumala also addressed the gathering.
Veteran actor Thilakan was honoured by Thoppil Bhasi Drama Study Centre and IPTA on the World Theatre Day, Wednesday, at Trivandrum Press Club. President of IPTA and Thoppil Bhasi Study Centre Chairman O.N.V Kurup honoured him with a ponnaada. Thilakan has adopted acting as a part of his life and he is a great symbol of popular drama movement in Kerala according to O.N.V.