Siddique, who is a Malayalam film actor, producer, and a television host started his film career initially with comedy roles, and later he continued performing a variety of roles. Born at Edavanakkad, in Ernakulam Kerala, Siddique is the youngest child with two other siblings. Completing his primary schooling in his hometown, Siddique later took Diploma in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an Electrical Engineer at Kerala and worked for a few more years in Saudi Arabia. Later he quit his job and started exploring his inner talents. He started his artistic career as a mimicry artist. Married to Seena, Siddique has two sons.
Shaheen Siddique is his eldest son from previous marriage, and he made his debut in the movie Pathemari.
Siddique started his career in the late 1980s. He made his debut in the movie Aa Neram Alpam Dooram in 1985. His major break was Siddique Lal’s super hit movie Harihar Nagar in 1990along with Mukesh, Jagadeesh and Asokan. Siddique was cast as one of the lead characters in Harihar Nagar, and the movie became a huge success. From then, he didn’t have to look back and appeared in various movies during 1990’s. He got good roles in movies like Kallan Kappalil Thanne, Irikku M.D Akkathundu, Sundari kaakka, Gandhari, Kandinjool kalyanam,
Godfather, Cheppadi vidya, Mr and Mrs, Kunukkitta kozhi, Ezharapannanna, Janam, Kasargod Khader Bhai, Valsalyam, Poochakau Manikkettum, Daivathinte Vikrithikal, Soorya Manasam, Priyapetta kukoo, Mimics Parade and Ayalathe Andheham. His performance in the movie Godfather was appreciated by the Malayalam critics. He was cast opposite leading heroines of that period like Shobana, Sunitha, Mathu, Parvathy and Suchitra. The mid-1990’s wasn’t good for Siddique, but he made a comeback in late 1990’s. He acted in television serials as well. His role in Sthree was a hit among Malayalam television audiences. He also anchored musical programmes like Sallapam in Doordarshan,
Sangeetha Samagamam in Amrita TV, and Symphony in Kairali TV in 2000’s. He has been awarded for Second Best actor, Best Film award, Best Villain, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Musical Programme Presenter, Best Negative role, Award for the contribution to art and culture and many more.
Siddique produced Nandanam in 2002, and the movie was a box-office hit. Later Siddique appeared in some different looks enhancing his versatility. The sequel of Harihar Nagar was made in 2009 in which Siddique was cast in the same role and this time, also the movie turned out to be a great success. Very soon, one of the directors of the movie Lal released the third pack with the same group of people and this movie also was a hit at the box office. In 2011 April, Siddique launched Kerala’s first family magazine. He is the editor of the magazine which comprises the stories of actors, directors, playback singers and many others of Malayalam film industry.
As an actor Siddique has played his role in more than 270 movies and as a producer, he has produced two movies. Siddique’s dedication towards his profession and his talent sets an example of how a Malayalam actor should be. He is one among the unique characters who rose from the level of junior artist to a level of main leading role. Siddique learned from his mistakes and experiences and today he is an inspiration to many people.
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The man that made it big in the entertainment industry, Siddique, was born on 1st of August in the year 1960. He has been directing movies in many languages like Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam. His movies are remade in other languages too. The collections of his directorial movies are generally into comedy genre.Not only as a director, but he also inspired us as being a screenplay writer, an actor, TV show host and judge and more of his talents. His place of work is usually Kochi, Kerala. His early career started as an assistant director to Fazil, under whom he learned a lot about the field and working with many actors.
Later he continued to be a director in duo with Director Lal. This duo was famous as Siddique-Lal. The director’s debut movie was “
Ramji Rao Speaking,” released in the year 1989. The duo showcased its work again in “
In Harihar Nagar” in the year 1990. The following year saw “Godfather,” which was the longest running Malayalam movie ever. Two years later they gave “Vietnam Colony” and “KabooliWala.” In the year 1995, the fans saw the split-up of this mesmerizing duo.
Post split-up, Siddique went on directing more successful movies, and Lalwent to try his hand into acting. Siddique’s first individual movie was released in 1995 itself and was named “Hitler.” He went on directing movies like “
Friends” in 1996. His Tamil movie
Bodyguard’s Hindi remake made it big in Bollywood by entering into the 100-crore club in 2010. Some more of his movies were “Ladies and Gentleman” in 2013 and “
Bhaskar The Rascal” in 2015. In his career, he has been a judge to two shows on MazhavilManorama,
Comedy Festival and Comedy Festival Season 2. He has been a show host too for Cinema Chirima. Siddique-Lal reunited in the year 2015 and directed a movie together.
His movies were remade as Bollywood movies. “RamjiRao Speaking” was remade into “
Hera Pheri” in 2000, “In Harihar Nagar” became “
Dhol” (2007) of Bollywood, “Godfather” into “
Hulchul” and “MannarMathai Speaking” was remade to “BhagamBhag”in the year 2008. He was born to Ismail Haji and Zainaba. He married his first cousin Sajitha. Sajitha has always been a supportive wife to him. In an interview, she appreciated Siddiqueof being very patient all through his years of struggle period.
She was just sixteen when Siddique resigned from his job and decided to tilt his head into the entertainment industry. The constant support of his wife is the backbone of his career today. They have three beautiful daughters. Sumaiyya, married to NabeelMehran, Sara, married to Mohamed Shefsin. His daughter Sukoon is suffering from Cerebral Palsy. His work was appreciated and awarded. He received Kerala State Awards for “Godfather.” His work in Bollywood received Zee Cine Award for “Bodyguard” in the year 2012.