Veteran Director Siddique Passes Away

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Prominent Tamil and Malayalam writer-director Siddique passed away at a private hospital in Kochi on August 8, after having suffered a cardiac arrest the previous day. Siddique was reportedly suffering from liver-related ailments over the last month.

The filmmaker began his career as an assistant to Malayalam director Fazil in the film Nokkethadhoorathu Kannu Nattu (1984), where he worked alongside his long time friend and collaborator Lal. Siddique along with Lal, famously referred to as the ‘Siddiqe- Lal’ duo even to this day in Kerala.

The duo’s career took off in the year 1989 when they joined hands as a directorial team to make comedy classics like Ramji Rao Speaking (1989), In Harihar Nagar (1990), Godfather (1991), Vietnam Colony (1992) and Kabooliwala (1992).

Siddique Independently followed up with the even more successful Friends (1999), where he cast Jayaram, Mukesh, Meena and Sreenivasan in the lead and told the story of a friendship between three men.

The director then went on to direct blockbuster films such as Chronic Bachelor (2003) and its Tamil remake Engal Anna (2004), starring Mammootty and Vijayakanth respectively that substantiated his clout and stature in the industry.

He then took a short break before coming out with Bodyguard (2010), the film starring Dileep and Nayanthara which became a reasonable success in Kerala, but proved to be a winner for him as he was entrusted with the Tamil and Hindi remakes, Kaavalan (2011) and Bodyguard ( 2011) starring Vijay and Salman Khan respectively. 

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