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Shafiqu Rahiman

Shafiqu Rahiman P A is a Malayalam actor, best recognized for his portrayal of a Bengali worker in the movie Amar Akbar Anthony. Born on September 1 in the city of Ernakulam, he completed his studies from St. Joseph’s EMHS in Thrikkakara. Further, he attended St. Paul’s College in Kalamassery. He is married to Shabna and has three lovely children. After completing college, his professional career involved a bank job in Dubai. Later he established a career in modeling where he worked with other, now well-known people like Asin, Jyothirmayi, and Ranjini Haridas. He had been part of the movie Pookkalam Varavayi where he appears as a child actor. He used modeling as a step towards his acting career and hence has been part of many creative ventures like James Bond, Central Jail(2014), Korattipattanam Railway Gate(2011), Ancharakalyanan, Lelam, Beyond the Borders, Target, Cinema company, Black Ticket. He has proved his versatility and adapted to different and diverse roles in all these movies, but he decided to take a short break from work after Black Ticket and Cinema Company as he felt that working in films was not very conducive for a newcomer like him. He soon made his comeback with the movie Oru Soapetty Katha( 2013), directed by Hafiz Ismail with whom he also worked in Korattipattanam Railway Gate. After this, he acted in She Taxi(2015) and then came Amar Akbar Anthony(2015) under the direction of Nadirsha, which fetched him tremendous appreciation both critically and from the masses. He portrayed the character of a Bengali laborer with certain negative traits. What was interesting was the fact that Shafiqu had no dialogues in the entire film. He lured kids with his smile and molested them. So convincing was his acting, that many people believed that he was actually a Bengali. Shafiqu was awarded the NP ABU Memorial award in 2015 following his outstanding performance and also felicitated by Nadrika for Amar Akbar Anthony. It is after this successful film that he quit his job to pursue acting full time. A Tamil remake of the film is also possibly underway, casting him in the same role. His recent feature is in 369 which releases in 2018. Apart from acting, Shafiqu has a keen interest in sports, especially cricket. He is an active participant of the Celebrity Cricket League as a pace bowler and admits that even though it took a lot of practice and sweat in making it to the team, he kept at it. He is a part of the team Kerala Strikers and extremely passionate about the game.

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Shafiqu Rahiman Malayalam Actor