Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lohithadas – You Will Always Live in Our Hearts

Lohithadas – the man who penned so many great movies died of heart attack at the age of 54. He was one of the few writers who could create movies that were full of life. He has given us so many movies that we will cherish for ever. It will take years for the Malayalam film industry to come out of this huge loss caused by the death of writer/director Lohithadas.

Here is a very nice interview with Lohithadas. I am not sure when it was taken but is very good. It throws a light into the greatness of this man.

In this part Lohithadas talks about how he learned his values in life from his mother. Lohithadas talks about how he us to cheat his mother to go for movies.He reveals the secret of finding the hidden talent of an artist.


Lohithadas talks about how the films of these days influence the people. At the end he talks about what is needed for a successful marriage life.

Lohithadas in this part ridiculous our race for money forgetting the values of "love". Of all the three parts I love this one the best.

Lohithadas started his journey in 1987 as a script writer in the movie Thaniyavarthanam made great by Mammotty. After the release of that movie he never had to look back. Hits after hits followed and Malayalam cinema in general gained from this great talent.

One of the best scripts Lohithadas wrote was for the movie “Kireedom”. This became such a huge hit and Mohanlal won special jury award for his performance in this movie.

The same team of Sibi Malayil – Mohanlal - Lohithadas gave so many hit movies in a row during the early part of nineties. This includes movies like “Desaratham”, “His Highness Abdullah” and “Bharatham”. These movies from this trio were a feast for the movie loving public of Kerala. Here is a scene from the movie Desaratham.

His Highness Abdullah was a musical hit for which the singer MG Sreekumar got the national award for the best playback singer.

Bharatham – the movie that fetched Mohanlal a national award for the best actor.

Lohithadas has teamed up with another great artist Malayalam movie industry has produced – Bharathan, to give few gems like “Amaram” where Mammotty took acting to another level.

Venkalam was another great movie done by Lohithadas and Bharathan.

In year 1997, Lohithadas made his debut as a director with the movie “Bhothakannadi” with Mammotty in the lead role. This movie won lot of awards and was widely acclaimed.

His best movie as a director in the box office was the movie Kasthuriman with Meera Jasmine (a gifted actress whom Lohithadas himself introduced to the Malayalam movies) and Kunchako Boban in the lead.

He has many more movies to his credit as director like Joker, Chakkaramuthu and his last being the movie Nivedyam.

It is tough to digest the fact that Lohithadas is no more. Death has taken away his body but the fragrance he has left behind in the form of great movies will never die. Every Malayali will cherish that fragrance in his/her heart for their entire life time.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Praveen said...

It came as a shock...
a real big loss for the malayalam film industry already reeling from the dearth of good writers...

June 28, 2009 12:05 PM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

I cant believe he has also left us at such a young age..wonder why we lose all our gifted filmmakers so early. Melancholic. :(

June 28, 2009 1:10 PM  
Blogger Mani said...

"ok mr. vasudevan...
hmmm..hmmm..verum vasudevan!!"
meera jasmine and haneefa both rock!!!

i 've heard a lot about lohidas..sad indeed...:( the above scene - the only scene i could understand - gives a sense of his talent in writing..

June 28, 2009 5:23 PM  
Blogger hash said...

really it was a shock to me. he one of my favorite...
i was recovering from the shock of MJ's death who was my another favorite. all good ones are becoming legends now. sad:(

June 28, 2009 7:30 PM  
Blogger Balu Krishnan said...

It is sad. Malayalam movie lost another genius. Remember this scene from thaniyavarthanam.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwincO1FDyA .. This was his debut

June 28, 2009 7:44 PM  
Blogger menonpkv said...

FANTASTIC PRESENTATION OF ETRNAL THINGS BY LOHI !

June 30, 2009 3:33 AM  
Blogger Shine Narithookil said...

His characters generally never wished to bow down to others, but at the end they ever defeated by fate. Sad thing is, same thing happened to that genius in real life.

July 02, 2009 1:02 PM  

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