Ahmed Sidhique is an actor and a writer in the Malyalam Film Industry (or “Mollywood”). In the Southern Film Industry it is quite common for actors and actresses to add their character names of their first successful films as prefixes to their own names, for Ahmed Sidhique he is one of the only few who seem to be following the tradition, although Ahmed may be more accomplished as a script writer than a character actor, in his dual portfolio in the industry.
Though it has not been made official, he is normally referred to as “Mirash” Ahmed, by fans enamored by his portrayal of the character of KT Mirash in the film ‘Salt N' Pepper’. That apart, in many ways Ahmed has established a new trait in Mollywood that of script writers cum character actors, working in the same film as both writer and actor.
Earlier on, there were of course the rare cases of veteran writers like
Balachandra Menon or Sreenivasan, who could also act or perhaps actors who could also write their own scripts. But this still was quite a rarity in the old days. In marked contrast, there are a current crop of writer-actors, who seem to be making the best out of both their roles, scripting off beat, away from the run of the mill stories, while acting out those very same roles themselves, impressing the audience and their fans at large.
The credit for developing the character of Mirash should go to Ahmed not just for his histrionic skills, but also for his script writing and character development skills. Ahmed is perceived by many in the industry as a complete film personality, not only for the deftness with which he performs his dual roles, both behind and in front of the camera, but also due to his complete passion for movies. Although he is more famous for his portrayal of Mirash, critics acknowledge that his characterization of Musthafa in ‘
Thattathin Marayathu’ was equally impressive. It is because of this that Malayalee movie goers anxiously await his films, like Aashiqu Abu's upcoming film ‘ Gangster’.