When superstar Mammootty widely proclaimed that he would bear the educational expenses of Lohithadas' children shortly after the demise of the celebrated scriptwriter and director, everyone was overwhelmed. However when director Sibi Malayil, a close friend of Lohithadas clarified in his statement that the family of the deceased was not suffering from any sort of financial crisis, questions were brewing in many minds. There are 44 scripts and 8 directorial ventures to Lohithadas' credit and it can be vouchsafed that he did not have that much of a financial burden. But he did incur some losses while producing some movies and also while remaking his Kasthurimaan in Tamil.
When Mammootty under the shock of the death of the master craftsman made such a sweeping statement, little did he know that he was courting trouble for himself. Lohithadas' children are to finish their studies soon and so that is not a major issue. However it seems that our superstar has conveniently forgotten his friend and co-actor Ratheesh, who passed away a couple of years back. Ratheesh had helped Mammootty when he was struggling to establish himself as an actor in the film industry. Ratheesh's family is under severe financial cringe after his untimely death in 2002 following a heart attack.
Ratheesh's wife is struggling to make both ends meet and also cater to the educational needs of the four children. It would be better if the film fraternity which boasts of unity and a feeling of oneness amongst its members extends a helping hand to the needy families of artistes. Mammootty will however have to review his decision whether Lohithadas' or Ratheesh's family truly deserves a helping hand.