A. K. Lohithadas
A. K. Lohithadas is a prolific screenwriter and director in Malayalam cinema, known for his rich, detailed and realistic screenplays.
Lohithadas (or 'Lohi', as he is often referred to) was born Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas in Kerala. He showed an initial interest was in short-stories, but failed to make a mark in that genre. He soon moved into Malayalam theater in 1986 when his debut script was accepted for the stage by the legendary theater personality Thoppil Bhasi. Bhasi's CPI party backed drama troupe, the highly successful 'Kerala People's Arts Club', produced the play, leading to a state award for Lohithadas.
Fresh with the play's commercial and critical success, Lohithadas moved to Malayalam Cinema by writing for the debutant director Sibi Malayil. His first movie screenplay Thaniavarthanam was directed by Malayil and went on to be a success. The Sibi Malayil-Lohithadas combination would later produce several memorable Malayalam movies.
Lohithdas movies are well known for its deep and realistic characterization and are often grim depiction of contemporary Kerala life. In spite of its serious subjects, they have been highly successful in the state. His movies lay less emphasis on plot or commercial gimmicks (such as songs, dances or unrealistic slapstick humour), and, instead, display a more character-oriented approach. He is a prolific writer, often writing nearly four screenplays a year. He turned director with his critically acclaimed 1997 film Bhoothakannadi (The Magnifying Glass). However, his later directorial ventures have only been moderately successful. He has also played minor roles in some of his movies, such as Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal and Udayananu Tharam.
Kerala State Film Award for Best Story - Thaniyavartanam (1987)
Kerala State Film Award for Best Film Bhoothakannadi (1997),
Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999)
Thooval Kottaram (1996)
His Highness Abdullah (1990)
Kudumba Puranam (1988)