Filmmaker B Unnikrishnan and other film personnels confirmed the unfortunate demise of filmmaker Siddique.
According to the reports, Siddique was on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) support, and breathed his last around 9 pm today.
Earlier today, upon learning the condition of Siddique, his dear colleague Lal visited him at the hospital. Siddique and Lal duo have created several cult classics including ‘Nadodikkattu’, ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’, and ‘In Harihar Nagar’ among others.
Saji Cherian, Minister of Culture condoled the untimely demise of filmmaker Siddique. “The demise of the renowned filmmaker Siddique is extremely heartbreaking. I had got in touch with concerned people, upon learning that he was in critical condition. Expected to see him bounce back, just like how his heroes overcame problems and obstacles, unfortunately, it didn’t happen,” the minister said.
Filmmaker Siddique is survived by his wife Sajitha and their three children Sumaya, Sara, and Sukoon.
Siddique, who began his journey as an assistant to veteran Fazil, later made his mark as a scriptwriter and eventually stepped into filmmaking. Some of his poplar films include ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’, ‘In Harihar Nagar’, ‘Godfather’, ‘Vietnam Colony’, ‘Kabooliwala’, ‘Hitler’, ‘Friends’, ‘Chronic Bachelor’, and ‘Bodyguard’. ‘Bodyguard’ released in 2010 in Malayalam won him applause from across the nation. The immense success encouraged him to remake the film in Tamil featuring Vijay and in Bollywood starring Salman Khan.
On the work front, Siddique’s last directorial was ‘Big Brother’ starring Mohanlal, which had hit the big screens in 2020.