Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas (A. K. Lohithadas) died yesterday, June 28 following a massive heart attack at around 10:50 am in the morning. He was admitted to Lisy Hospital in Eranakulam after he complained of a cardiac arrest. Lohithadas stands tall on account of his stories rooted firmly in the Kerala milieu.
All his scripts and movies bear the indelible stamp of his mastery. Having rightly gauged the pulse of the audiences through his scripts for movies like Thaniyaavartanam, Kireedam, Dasaratham, His Highness Abdulla and Kamaladalam, the writer turned to direction with movies Bhoothakannadi, Kastooriman, Aarayanangulde Veedu and Nivediyam.
The film fraternity mourned the loss of the ace craftsman, who always preserved the spirit of Kerala and the life of the Malayalees, be it the social, political or cultural issues. Mammootty fondly said, “ Lohi had understood my strengths and weaknesses and created characters that suited me. He told human stories which had the smell and feel of Kerala."
Lohithadas will be cremated in his native place Lakkidi in Kerala today with all the state honours..
If the untimely death of Michael Jackson rocked the world, then how do we mourn the loss of the master writer and director Lohithadas, the story teller par excellence. The members of the AMMA fraternity were holding talks about their future plan of action in Ernakulam, when the news of Lohithadas' death came as a jolt from the blue.