Thilakanchettan is irreplaceable. Sphadikam happened at a time when we had an argument. On the sets of the film, he wouldn't point out my mistakes directly as his pride wouldn't let him to. Instead, he would tell the director to ask me to tell the dialogue differently and to emote in a particular way to create a bigger impact.
When I met him at the hospital a month ago, Thilakanchettan said, "After I am out of hospital, and I am done with the film I am working on, we should do a good film together."
I have admired Thilakanchettan as an actor since the time I used to watch his stage acts. Back then, there weren't any performers who had that eminent stage presence as he did.
While we have had our differences of opinion, a co-star can gauge an actor's performance more than the audience. Thilakan was always prepared for his roles, often taking his character beyond what a director expects of him. He was a complete actor.
Thilakanchettan will easily be featured in the list of the best actors that this country has produced. I worked with him in some of the best films in my career such as Kireedam, Thaniyavarthanam and Chenkol. His demise is a personal loss to me.
Oneindia mourns the death of Thilakan and hope that god gives his family the strength to withstand the loss.