A. K. Lohithadas

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A. K. Lohithadas
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Born Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas
(1955-05-10)10 May 1955
Chalakudy, Thiru-Kochi (now Kerala), India
Died 28 June 2009(2009-06-28) (aged 54)
Kochi, Kerala, India
Cause of death
Cardiac arrest
Residence Lakkidi, ottapalam, Kerala, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Lohi
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, film producer
Years active 1987–2009
Spouse(s) Sindhu
Children Vijayshankar, Harishankar

Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas (അമ്പഴത്തില്‍ കരുണാകരന്‍ ലോഹിതദാസ് 10 May 1955 – 28 June 2009) was an Indian screenwriter, playwright, director, and producer known for his extensive work in Malayalam cinema.

Lohithadas was known for his rich, detailed, and realistic screenplays. He has written screenplays for 35 films in a 24-year-long career, such as Thaniyavarthanam (1987), Kireedam (1989), Dasharatham (1989), His Highness Abdullah (1990), Bharatham (1991), Amaram (1991), Kamaladalam (1992), Padheyam (1993), Chenkol (1993), Chakoram (1994), Thooval Kottaram (1996) and Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999).[1] He later became a director, and has directed films such as Bhoothakkannadi (1997), Kanmadam (1998), Joker (2000), and Kasthooriman (2003). He died on 29 June 2009 due to a heart attack.[2]


Early life[edit]

Lohithadas (or 'Lohi', as he is often referred to) was born on 10 May 1955 in Chalakudy, Kerala. He showed an initial interest in writing short stories, but failed to make a mark in that genre. He soon moved into Malayalam theatre in 1986 when his debut script was accepted for the stage by the legendary theatre personality Thoppil Bhasi. Bhasi's Communist Party of India (CPI)-backed drama troupe, the highly successful Kerala People's Arts Club (KPAC), produced the play, which led to his winning a state award.


Fresh with the play's commercial and critical success, Lohithadas was introduced to K. G. George by actor Thilakan. It did not help Lohithadas to start a career in Malayalam cinema. But it was K. G. George who gave the basic core idea of the story, later which was developed by Lohithadas to make the film Kireedam. Later, Thilakan introduced Lohithadas to director Sibi Malayil when Sibi was searching for a good writer for his films. Thus Lohi's first movie screenplay Thaniavarthanam was directed by Malayil and became a success. Together, Sibi Malayil and Lohithadas would later produce several memorable Malayalam movies. His screenplay works for Sibi Malayil are Thaniyavarthanam (1987), Dasharatham (1989), Kireedam (1989), His Highness Abdullah (1990), Bharatham (1990), Kamaladalam (1992), and Chenkol (1993). Other works include Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999),Sasneham (1990) for Sathyan Anthikkad and Amaram,venkalam(1991) for Bharathan.

He later became a filmmaker and made works such as Bhoothakkannadi (1997), Karunyam (1997), Kanmadam (1998), Arayannangalude Veedu (2000), Joker (2000), Kasthooriman (2003) (which he himself produced), and Nivedyam (2007).[3] Most of his works were critically and commercially successful. His works were recognised from his very first venture Thaniyavarthanam, which brought him the Kerala State Film Award for Best Story. When he went to Germany for a film festival for screening his first directorial venture Bhoothakkannadi, one of the German filmmakers asked him by seeing this movie whether he is a Psychologist or not. That film was a real and exact depiction of human psychology.

Thilakan was always been so proud of Lohithadas who was introduced to Malayalam film industry by him and Lohithadas became one of the most prominent classic screen writers of Malayam cinema ever seen.


In the morning of 29 June 2009, he experienced chest pains and uneasiness at his home at Aluva near Ernakulam and was immediately taken to the Lisy Hospital, Kaloor, Ernakulam, where he was declared dead from a heart attack at 10:50.[4][5]


Lohithadas along with director Bharathan and cinematographer Ramachandra Babu at the location of Venkalam.

National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:

Other awards[edit]



Year Title Cast Director
2007 Nivedyam Vinu Mohan, Bhama, Nedumudi Venu, Bharath Gopi Self
2006 Chakkara Muthu Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Saikumar, Cochin Haneefa Self
2005 Kasthuri Maan (Tamil) Prasanna, Meera Jasmine, Sarath Babu Self
2003 Chakram Prithviraj, Meera Jasmine Self
2003 Kasthooriman Kunchako Boban, Meera Jasmine, Shammi Thilakan Self
2001 Soothradharan Dileep, Meera Jasmine, Cochin Haneefa, Bindu Panicker Self
2000 Arayannangalude Veedu Mammootty, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Lal, Cochin Haneefa, Siddique Self
2000 Joker Dileep, Manya, Mamukkoya, Bindu Panicker Self
1999 Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal Jayaram, Thilakan, Samyuktha Varma, Nedumudi Venu, K. P. A. C. Lalitha Sathyan Anthikkad
1998 Ormacheppu Lal, Dileep, Chanchal, Rizabawa, Biju Menon Self
1998 Kanmadam Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Lal, Mala Aravindan, Siddique Self
1997 Karunyam Jayaram, Murali, Nedumudi Venu, Divya Unni, Janardanan Self
1997 Bhoothakannadi Mammootty, Sreelakshmi, Kavya Madhavan, Riza Bava, Mala Aravindan Self
1996 Sallapam Dileep, Manju Warrier, Manoj K. Jayan Sundardas
1996 Thooval Kottaram Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Sukanya, Murali, Innocent Sathyan Anthikkad
1996 Udhyanapalakan Mammootty, Kaveri, Nedumudi Venu, Kalabhavan Mani, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Biju Menon, Mamukkoya, Bindu Panikkar, Cochin Haneefa Harikumar
1995 Saadaram Suresh Gopi, Geetha, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Lalu Alex, Srinath Jose Thomas
1994 Chakoram Murali, Shanthi Krishna Venu
1994 Sagaram Sakshi Mammootty, Sukanya, Thilakan, Cochin Haneefa Sibi Malayil
1993 Chenkol Mohanlal, Surabhi, Shanthi Krishna, Thilakan Sibi Malayil
1993 Padheyam Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu, Lalu Alex, Chippy Bharathan
1993 Vatsalyam Mammootty, Geetha, Sunitha, Siddique, Kaviyoor Ponnamma Cochin Haneefa
1993 Venkalam Murali, Urvashi, Manoj K. Jayan Bharathan
1992 Kamaladalam Mohanlal, Parvathy, Monisha, Vineeth, Murali Sibi Malayil
1992 Valayam Murali, Manoj.K.Jayan, Parvathi, Oduvil Unnikrishnan Sibi Malayil
1992 Kauravar Mammootty, Anju, Shanthi Krishna, Murali, Thilakan Joshi
1992 Aadharam Murali, Suresh Gopi, Geetha George Kithu
1991 Dhanam Mohanlal, Charmila, Murali, Nedumudi Venu Sibi Malayil
1991 Amaram Mammootty, Murali, Maathu, Ashokan, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Chithra Bharathan
1991 Bharatham Nedumudi Venu, Mohanlal, Urvashi, Lakshmi Sibi Malayil
1991 Kanalkkattu Mammootty, Jayaram, Urvashi, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Murali Sathyan Anthikkad
1990 His Highness Abdullah Mohanlal, Gauthami, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu, Jagadeesh, Karamana Janardanan Nair, M. G. Soman Sibi Malayil
1990 Sasneham Balachandra Menon, Shobhana, Innocent Sathyan Anthikkad
1990 Kuttettan Mammootty, Saritha, Jagadish, Maathu, Lizy, Urvashi Joshi
1990 Radha Madhavam Thilakan, Geetha, Jayaram, Parvathy Suresh Unnithan
1990 Maalayogam Jayaram, Mukesh, Murali, Parvathy, Innocent, Thilakan Sibi Malayil
1989 Mrigaya Mammootty, Sunitha, Urvashi, Lalu Alex I. V. Sasi
1989 Mahayanam Mammootty, Seema, Mukesh, Jalaja Joshi
1989 Mudra Mammootty, Parvathy, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Madhu Sibi Malayil
1989 Jathakam Jayaram, Sithara, Shari, Thilakan, Madhu, Sukumaran Suresh Unnithan
1989 Dasharatham Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Murali, Rekha, Sukumari, Sukumaran, Jayabharathi Sibi Malayil
1989 Kireedam Mohanlal, Parvathy, Sankaradi, Thilakan Sibi Malayil
1988 Mukthi Mammootty, Urvashi, Rahman, Shobhana, Janardanan I. V. Sasi
1988 Kudumbapuranam Balachandra Menon, Ambika, Thilakan, Sreenivasan, Parvathy Sathyan Anthikkad
1988 Vicharana Mammootty, Shobhana, Lalu Alex, Mukesh, Nedumudi Venu, Jagathi Sreekumar, Seema Sibi Malayil
1987 Ezhuthapurangal Suhasini, Ambika, Parvathy, Nedumudi Venu Sibi Malayil
1987 Thaniyavarthanam Mammootty, Mukesh, Saritha, Thilakan Sibi Malayil


Year Title Cast
1997 Bhoothakannadi Mammootty, Sreelakshmi, Kavya Madhavan
1997 Karunyam Jayaram, Divya Unni, Murali, Nedumudi Venu
1998 Ormacheppu Lal, Dileep, Chanchal, Biju Menon
1998 Kanmadam Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Siddique, Lal
2000 Arayannangalude Veedu Mammootty, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Lal, Cochin Haneefa, Siddique
2000 Joker Dileep, Manya, Mala Aravindan, Bindhu Panicker
2001 Soothradharan Dileep, Meera Jasmine, Cochin Haneefa, Bindu Panicker, Kalabhavan Mani
2003 Kasthoorimann Kunchako Boban, Meera Jasmine
2003 Chakram Prithviraj, Meera Jasmine
2005 Kasthuri Maan (Tamil) Prasanna, Meera Jasmine, Sarath Babu
2006 Chakkara Muthu Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Saikumar, Cochin Haneefa
2007 Nivedyam Vinu Mohan, Bhama, Nedumudi Venu, Bharath Gopi


  1. ^ "A K Lohithadas (1955–2009): Tribute to a legend – Rediff.com Movies". Movies.rediff.com. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kerala News : A.K. Lohithadas passes away". The Hindu. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Malayalam News | Editorial". Manorama Online. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Writer-director Lohithadas passes away!". Sify.com. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Thursday, 12 July, 2012 04:28 PM IST. "Malayalam News". Manorama Online. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 

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