Penned scripts and directed films wrought out of the smithy of real life’s anvil, AK Lohid Das made a breakthrough to fill Molly wood silver screen with the stories of all sections of society. The Molly Wood film till then was depicting the life of the restricted class, the ‘savarna’ the upper caste, the life in old nalukkettu, oftentimes. Lohid Das brought the life of other people, the other castes, their struggle for survival, their love and lust, and revenge to the silver screen in a vehement outpour of powerful emotions. His real contribution to Molly Wood industry lies in the fact to have released the Malayali’s vision from the obsolete nalukettu.
Entered Malayalam film industry with the powerful script in “Thaniyavarthanam” Lohid Das ensured a seat set aside for him by the time. It was told in many interviews that legendary late actor Thilakan introduced him to the world of film and of course the master actor might have a foreboding appeal on him. The script of ‘Thaniyavarthanam’ the role performed by actor Mammotty, a man forced to insanity by the circumstances, by the deliberate and non-deliberate compulsion from near and dear ones, it delivers mastery in craftsmanship.
The films directed by Lohi ever since the debut film ‘Arayannagalude veedu’ he conceived life in silver screen in a different way, the realistic life of flesh and blood. ‘Soothradharan’, ‘Karunyam’, ‘Bhoothakannadi’ till to his last film depicts life in particular. The life of ordinary people fills in his screen with extraordinary dimensions. Of course, Lohid Das’s untimely departure created a void in the Molly wood industry that can not be restored by time.
His film ‘Boothakannadi’ in which the chief protagonist Vidhyadharan, a complex character to define is marvelously conveyed in the silver screen. He handled the story with the profundity of a short story and with a deep dimension of visual language to be nailed the film an ever time classic. The chief character’s s fear of snakes, (a symbol of sex), has always been echoed in the film till the end where Vidhyadharan sees fire swallows a girl in his hallucination created by insanity. The director with his powerful script leaves us to decide the real mark of sanity and insanity as it is mingled and mixed together in the film.