A. K. Lohithadas

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A. K. Lohithadas
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BornAmbazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas
(1955-05-05)5 May 1955
Chalakudy, Thiru-Kochi (now Kerala), India
Died27 June 2009(2009-06-27) (aged 54)
Kochi, Kerala, India
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
ResidenceAkaloor, Lakkidi Peroor Grama Panchayat, Ottapalam, Palakkad Dt., Kerala, India
NationalityIndian
Other namesLohi
Occupation
  • Screenwriter
  • Playwright
  • Director
  • Producer
Years active1986–2009
Spouse(s)Sindhu
ChildrenHarikrishnan, Vijayshankar
(sons)

Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas (5 May 1955 – 28 June 2009) was an Indian screenwriter, playwright, director, and producer known for his extensive work in Malayalam cinema.[1] Lohithadas was known for his rich, detailed, and realistic screenplays.[2] In a career spanning over two decades, his films have won a National Film Award, 6 Kerala State Film Awards, and 14 Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Script.[3]

Lohithadas made his debut as a screenwriter with Thaniyavarthanam (1987). He has written screenplays for 35 films in a 24-year-long career, such as Vicharana(1988),Ezhuthapurangal(1988), Kireedam (1989), Dasharatham (1989), Mrugaya (1989 film)(1989), His Highness Abdullah (1990), Bharatham (1991), Amaram (1991), Aadhaaram (1992), Kamaladalam (1992) ,Vatsalyam(1993), Venkalam (1993), Padheyam (1993), Chenkol (1993), Chakoram (1994), Thooval Kottaram (1996), Sallapam (1996), and Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999).[4] He later became a director, and has directed films such as Bhoothakkannadi (1997), Karunyam (1997), Kanmadam (1998), Joker (2000), and Kasthooriman (2003).[5] He died on 29 June 2009 due to a heart attack.[6]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Lohithadas (or 'Lohi', as he is often referred to) was born on 5 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

Career[edit]

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).[7] 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 has always been proud of Lohithadas who was introduced to Malayalam film industry by him. Lohithadas went on to become one of the most prominent classic screenwriters that Malayalam cinema has ever seen.

Death[edit]

In the morning of 27 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.[8][9]

Awards[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Screenwriter[edit]

Year Title Director
2007 Nivedyam Self
2006 Chakkara Muthu Self
2005 Kasthuri Maan (Tamil) Self
2003 Chakram Self
2003 Kasthooriman Self
2001 Soothradharan Self
2000 Arayannangalude Veedu Self
2000 Joker Self
1999 Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal Sathyan Anthikkad
1998 Ormacheppu Self
1998 Kanmadam Self
1997 Karunyam Self
1997 Bhoothakannadi Self
1996 Sallapam Sundardas
1996 Thooval Kottaram Sathyan Anthikkad
1996 Udhyanapalakan Harikumar
1995 Saadaram Jose Thomas
1994 Chakoram Venu
1994 Sagaram Sakshi Sibi Malayil
1993 Chenkol Sibi Malayil
1993 Padheyam Bharathan
1993 Vatsalyam Cochin Haneefa
1993 Venkalam Bharathan
1992 Kamaladalam Sibi Malayil
1992 Valayam Sibi Malayil
1992 Kauravar Joshi
1992 Aadharam George Kithu
1991 Dhanam Sibi Malayil
1991 Amaram Bharathan
1991 Bharatham Sibi Malayil
1991 Kanalkkattu Sathyan Anthikkad
1990 His Highness Abdullah Sibi Malayil
1990 Sasneham Sathyan Anthikkad
1990 Kuttettan Joshi
1990 Radha Madhavam Suresh Unnithan
1990 Maalayogam Sibi Malayil
1989 Mrigaya I. V. Sasi
1989 Mahayanam Joshi
1989 Mudra Sibi Malayil
1989 Jathakam Suresh Unnithan
1989 Dasharatham Sibi Malayil
1989 Kireedam Sibi Malayil
1988 Mukthi I. V. Sasi
1988 Kudumbapuranam Sathyan Anthikkad
1988 Vicharana Sibi Malayil
1987 Ezhuthapurangal Sibi Malayil
1987 Thaniyavarthanam Sibi Malayil

Director[edit]

Year Title
1997 Bhoothakannadi
1997 Karunyam
1998 Ormacheppu
1998 Kanmadam
2000 Arayannangalude Veedu
2000 Joker
2001 Soothradharan
2003 Kasthoorimann
2003 Chakram
2005 Kasthuri Maan (Tamil)
2006 Chakkara Muthu
2007 Nivedyam

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In the memory of Lohithadas". The Hindu. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Kazchavattom". goodreads.com. 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Lohithadas Awards". FilmiBeat. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ "A K Lohithadas (1955–2009): Tribute to a legend – Rediff.com Movies". Movies.rediff.com. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  5. ^ "A K Lohithadas (1955-2009): Tribute to a legend". Rediff Movies. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Kerala News : A.K. Lohithadas passes away". The Hindu. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Malayalam News | Editorial". Manorama Online. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Writer-director Lohithadas passes away!". Sify.com. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Malayalam News". Manorama Online. Retrieved 12 July 2012.

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