Malayalam director Siddique passes away


On Tuesday in Kochi, the well-known director Siddique Ismail passed away. He had a liver condition and had been taken to Amrita Hospital in Kochi last month. Siddique suffered a heart attack on Monday in afternoon, and as a result, he was given ECMO treatment. Tuesday night while receiving treatment, Siddique Ismail lost away in spite of medical efforts.

On Wednesday, Siddique Ismail's mortal remains will be housed in the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kadavanthra from 9 am to 11:30 am. His body will then be placed at his home so that people can pay their respects. He will be given his final rites on Wednesday at six o'clock.

Siddique, one of the most well-known Malayalam film filmmakers of all time, got his start in the business with the help of illustrious producer Fazil. Fazil caught Siddique and his pal Lal during a performance with Cochin Kalabhavan, a mimicry troupe.

With "Siddique-Lal," they began their directing career with the comedy "Ramji Rao Speaking" (1989), which was funded by Fazil. Beginning with this, Malayalam cinema experienced a string of noteworthy successes, including "Harikrishnans" (1990), "Godfather" (1991), "Vietnam Colony" (1992), "Kabooliwala" (1993), and "Hitler" (1996).

Even though Siddique and Lal's partnership only lasted for six films, their films were renowned for their timely characters that raised the bar for modern comedy. Popular titles from Siddique Ismail's illustrious solo directing career include "Hitler," "Friends," "Chronic Bachelor," and "Bodyguard." Salman Khan plays the lead in the Hindi adaptation of "Bodyguard," which he directed. He directed the Tamil remake "Kavalan," in which Vijay starred and Siddique himself served as director.

The action movie "Big Brother," which Siddique last directed, has Mohanlal, Arbaaz Khan, Anoop Menon, and Honey Rose in pivotal parts. Several well-known individuals from Kerala posted condolences on social media in response to the filmmaker's passing. The kindest soul, Dulquer Salman remarked on Instagram. the person with the biggest heart. a fantastic writer and director. His kind demeanor concealed the most incredible sense of humor. Some of the most acclaimed movies have come from him. a topic of frequent conversation and popular culture. This loss cannot be replaced. We send our thoughts and our strength to Siddique Sir's family and friends.

"Thank you for the immeasurable moments of joy you've given us," Basil Joseph wrote on Instagram. Peace be with you, sir. #LegendOfLaughter"

"Bidding goodbye to the Godfather of laughter!! Siddique Ikka" wrote Kunchacko Boban. In addition to losing one of the greatest hitmakers, we also lost a true human being. He will always be remembered for the love and respect he showed for my family. Together, let's pray for his soul and support his family as they work to move past this tragedy.

Manju Warrier, meanwhile, commented on Instagram: "The laughs you provided us will always be remembered. One of my favorites is leaving! #RIP." "Thanks for the countless laughs and on-screen moments," Indrajith wrote. Among all the polite folks I've met, one of the kindest. You'll be recalled. "R.I.P., Siddique, sir!"

The business has been greatly impacted by Siddique Ismail's passing, and his legacy of humor will always be remembered.

Siddique started his career in the renowned Kerala art center Kalabhavan's mimicry group, like many other artists of his time. Along with his friend and coworker Lal, he entered the Malayalam film industry in Kalabhavan in the late 1980s and introduced a fresh brand of comedy with undertones of sorrow. Siddique and Lal's work made humor an essential part of the primary plot, whereas comedy in movies at the time was typically created as a secondary track, allowing viewers to chuckle even during the most emotional parts.

Their partnership began with the iconic 1986 film "Pappan Priyappetta Pappan," which was directed by Sathyan Anthikad and featured Rahman as a young man whose life was unintentionally taken too soon by Yamarajan, the God of Death. The subject of "Nadodikkattu," another of Sathyan's timeless movies, was also centered on the odd circumstances of two unemployed men. Siddique and Lal also contributed in supporting parts while working behind the scenes in 1993 movies "Manichitrathazhu" and "On the Road, A Funny Scene" and "On the Road, A Funny Scene."

They both started working together as co-directors in 1989 and their debut movie, "Ramji Rao Speaking," was a hugely successful comedy about three disgruntled people who decided to pose as kidnappers following a funny incident. Their following two productions, "In Harihar Nagar" (1990) and "Godfather" (1991), also achieved great success, and they gained a reputation for appearing in some of the best Malayalam comedies. The film "In Harihar Nagar," which followed four unemployed bachelors, later spawned a sequel, but the first one was more well-liked. Their biggest success to date, "Godfather," which told the story of a young couple falling in love between two feuding families, held the record for the longest run in theaters at 417 days in 1991–1992. In Siddique-Lal movies, notable performers like Innocent, Mukesh, and Jagadish gave some of their best comedic performances.

The two directors, however, made the decision to separate ways in 1996. Siddique persisted in writing and directing movies, while Lal rose to prominence as an outstanding performer. Mammootty played the part of a dominant brother to five sisters in Siddique's debut independent film, "Hitler" (1997). Although it was successful, it wasn't as successful as its past partnerships with Lal. In 1999, Siddique continued to produce comedies like "Friends" (which was also released in Tamil and Hindi), and he also dabbled with tragedies like "Chronic Bachelor" (2003). These movies weren't as well-liked as their previous Siddique-Lal productions, with the exception of a few episodes of Srinivasan's unrestrained laughter in "Friends."

On occasion, Siddique also spoke in other tongues. He co-directed the 2010 movies "Bodyguard" (in Hindi with Salman Khan) and "Bodyguard" (in Tamil with Vijay). "Bhaskar the Rascal" (2015), which has a Tamil version starring Arvind Swamy, was another remake. He also produced the Telugu movie "Maro" in 2011. In a number of movies, Siddique collaborated with actors Mohanlal and Mammootty. "Big Brother," his penultimate film to serve as his own director, came out three years ago.

According to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the cultural world has lost a gifted artist who started out mimicking and later became a well-known film director. He observed that Siddique dealt with the difficult themes of life in a humorous way.


Siddique Ismail is a producer, screenwriter, actor, and director from India who predominantly works in the Malayalam cinema industry. In 1989, he made his directing debut with the Malayalam movie "Ramji Rao Speaking". He made his debut as a scriptwriter in 1986 with the Malayalam movie "Pappan Priyappetta Pappan." His most recent commercially successful picture was "Big Brother."

Siddique Ismail was born to Ismail Haji and Zainaba on August 1, 1954, in Kochi. He had previously attended St. Paul College in Kalamassery. Sajitha and he were wed on May 6, 1984. Three daughters, Sumaya, Sara, and Sukoon, were born to the couple. He began working for Fazil as an assistant director. Fazil discovered Siddique and Lal when they were appearing with the Kochi Kalabhavan group. Later, Siddique worked with Lal to direct a number of movies, becoming known as Siddique-Lal. They subsequently went their separate ways, with Lal concentrating on acting and production and Siddique continuing his direction. The majority of Siddique's movies are within the comedy category. His Malayalam films are frequently remade in Tamil.

His Malayalam movie "Bodyguard" was also remade in Tamil as "Kaavalan" and Hindi under the name "Bodyguard." Under his producing business S Talkies, Siddique collaborates on the creation of movies alongside Jenso Jose. His wife's name is Sajitha, who is his cousin, and they were married on May 6, 1984. He started his career as an assistant director to Fazil and noticed Siddique-Lal when they performed at the Kochi Kalabhavan troupe. Later, he teamed up with Lal, directing several films and becoming well-known as Siddique-Lal. After some time, they split up, with Siddique continuing his career as a director. His Malayalam films are frequently remade in Tamil.

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