I might not remember when I first saw Lohithadas…, Lohi sir as we called him. But the day I noticed his name on big screen is vivid in memory. It was in a theatre in Thrissur during Pooram in 1987. The Cinema hall was showing `Thaniyavarthanam’, the film which placed mammootty at a totally new height in career. (Little did I realise that the film is launching an evergreen script writer- director combination in Malayalam.) Couple of years later, after I joined Kamal sir as an assistant director we all longed for the day when the ace scriptwriter would pen for our director. A project, `Parasan’ was announced but did not take off. Our hope lingered on. And while worshipping this writer of my favourite movies, I felt an unrest which crystallised into anger. Mind wondered why he wasn’t writing for Kamal sir. I kept bumping into him at familiar film locations and Shornur guest house where he spent great amount of time planning and writing his scripts.Whenever i saw him the inferiority of a junior colleague made me refrain from sharing my thoughts.
Years rolled ahead. It was a time when I got involved in films other than those of Kamal sir’s. One day, There was an unexpected call to join as associate director of `Udyanapalakan’, directorial venture of Mr.Harikumar written by Lohi sir. I experienced a slight shiver while entering Shornur guest house where preliminary work of the film was progressing! A cloud of anxiety crossed my mind each time while thinking about working with Lohi sir. I understood that nobody in the crew had complete idea of the film’s oneline or synopsis. a finalised storyline was a must for me to start work as associate director who charts shooting schedules etc. No one had the guts to ask for a synopsis because it is him, the most celebrated writer of those times!. But i had no choice and went to meet Lohi sir. This was the beginning of a realisation! That introduction on the sets of Udyanapalakan paved way for getting to know a totally different artist, creator and human being. By the end of that project we were bonded well. As a direct result he called me to be an associate in his directorial debut `Bhoothakkannadi’.
I moved on to do my own films… Meanwhile I made him promise that one day he will write for me… It was for him to decide my position in the long queue of people waiting for his favour. But I surely was waiting for his call one day! some day! Days, months and years lept ahead after Bhoothakkannadi and Oru maravathoor Kanavu…. Here in Anakkara after a full night’s shoot of Neelathamara i woke up late to receive his demise… leaving me at the tail of a never ending queue !