Director Siddique passes away

One of the most celebrated Malayalam film directors of all time, Siddique Ismail, passed away on Tuesday in Kochi. He was admitted to Amrita Hospital in Kochi last month following a liver ailment.

On Monday afternoon, Siddique experienced a heart attack and was subsequently placed on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support.

The mortal remains of Siddique Ismail will be kept at Kadavanthra’s Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium from 9 am to 11:30 am and later at his residence for people to pay their homage. His funeral will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday.

Siddique made his directorial debut with the Malayalam movie Ramji Rao Speaking in 1989. As a screenwriter, he debuted in the Malayalam movie Pappan Priyappetta Pappan 1986. His last film to hit the screens was Big Brother.

Siddique began his career as an assistant director to Fazil. The duo of Siddique and Lal was spotted by Fazil when he saw them performing in the Cochin Kalabhavan troupe. Siddique later teamed up with Lal to create many films and was credited as Siddique-Lal. The duo has since split up, Siddique has continued with his directorial ventures, while Lal has turned to acting and producing. Siddique’s films are all in the comedy genre. His films in Tamil mainly were remakes of his Malayalam films.

His film Bodyguard in Malayalam has been remade into Tamil as Kaavalan by Siddique himself. He also remade the film into Hindi as Bodyguard.