Odiyan, the film based on the ancient folklore of Kerala, was one of the films that captured the attention of many. The first being the lead actor, Mohanlal's physical transformation, his performance and the next being the huge buzz surrounding it. Prakash Raj played the antagonist in the film and veteran actor Thilakan's son, Shammi, had lent his voice for the character. It also fetched him the State Award. Shammi penned a long letter to thank many, the first being Lalettan who was instrumental in getting him on board. He also dedicated the award to his late father. Thilakan had a tiff with a few members of the film fraternity in his last days and many felt that the veteran was meted out with an unfair treatment.