It’s the grammar of a good film. In my top ten list, this film figures from 1 to 10. I must have seen both Thillana Mohanambal and Kadalikka Neramillaiat least 50 times. When I go abroad, I never forget to carry CDs of these two films. There was excellence in all aspects — screenplay, dialogue, comedy, casting, music and direction. A winning combination, indeed. This gives Thillana Mohanambal its timeless appeal. Give it to the screenplay writer A.P. Nagarajan for beautifully transferring Kothamangalam Subbu’s three-volume popular novel (on which the film was based) on to the screen. Even if someone tries to remake this film today, it is impossible to find a substitute for Sivaji Ganesan and Padmini, a classic pair that caught the imagination of young and old alike. Who can forget the adorable Nagesh and Manorama? Interestingly, when the novel was reproduced in Ananda Vikatan almost 25 years before the film’s making, Gopu’s caricature of the character Vaithi was very similar to Nagesh who portrayed it in the film.