Malayalam film director Siddique
Malayalam film director Siddique Image Credit: IANS

Kochi: Noted Malayalam director Siddique died at a private hospital here on Tuesday night, Malayalam film industry sources said. He was 68.

The multifaceted film personality, who had been a shining star in the movie industry, was admitted to the hospital for the few weeks due to life-style diseases. His condition worsened on Monday after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Siddique was noted for his blockbuster films Ramji Rao Speaking, God Father, Vietnam Colony, and Bodyguard among others. Many of his hit films were remade into other Indian languages including Hindi and Tamil.

Siddique began as a mimicry artiste and then turned to script and story writing and made his debut with the film ‘Pappan Priyapette Pappan’ in 1986. In 1989, he teamed up with Lal and made his directorial debut with the block-buster film ‘Ramjirao Speaking’. The duo followed it up with a series of hit films including 'In Harihara Nagar', 'Godfather', 'Vietnam Colony' and 'Kabooliwala'.

In 1996, he became an independent director with ‘Hitler’ starring superstar Mammooty. From then on till 2020, he directed around 15 films, most of which turned out to be hits.

In 2011 he came out with the successful Bollywood remake of his own Malayalam film ‘Bodyguard’ by the same name, which starred Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

His last film was 'Big Brother' starring Mohanlal which released in 2020.

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Siddique was known for his soft character, someone who always maintained a low profile which made him the darling of the film industry.

His last rites will be performed on Wednesday before which his body will be kept for the public to pay their homage at an indoor stadium here from Wednesday morning till noon.

Chief Minister condoles

Condoling the death of the master director, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recalled Siddique as one who turned the common man’s issues into hugely popular films.

“The craft of Siddique, which was visible in his films, will be etched in the minds of all those who have seen his films. His demise is an irreparable loss to Kerala,” said Vijayan.