Siddique Ismail was an ace director, screenwriter, actor and producer who predominantly worked for the Malayalam film industry and delivered several hit films that were remade in other languages of India. His movies that were remade in Bollywood and earned much love from the audience were Ramoji Rao Speaking as Hera Pheri, In Hariharan Nagar as Dhol & Parda Hai Parda, and he himself remade Bodyguard in Hindi cinema.
On August 8, 2023, Siddique left heavenly abode after suffering from a heart attack that occurred around 7.30 p.m at the Amrita Hospital, Kochi. Due to liver-related issues, he was taken to the hospital on July 10 and he was already going through the treatment for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.
Meanwhile, the Mollywood industry has suffered a huge loss by losing such a great director and left the celebrities in shock. From superstars like Mammootty, Mohanlal, Dulquer Salmaan, and Nazriya Fahadh to Prabhudeva have taken to their social media handles to pay condolences to the director and their family.
Mohanlal wrote a long note which read, “I can’t believe the demise of my dear Siddique. Expressing stories through natural humor and common man’s life problems, Siddique, who became a favorite among Malayalees all over the world, cannot express the sadness of his untimely departure. Due to the variety of topics and attraction of direction, millions of viewers were waiting for Siddique’s every movie. Siddique has made us laugh a lot, brought tears to our eyes, reminded us not to lose hope, and set us a role model through his own life to reach the top. Siddique lived as an ordinary man, leaving luxury, being gentle in words and behavior, without showing hostility to anyone. I was lucky to act in Big Brother, the first film he acted as an assistant director from Kannumnattu to the final film Big Brother. Siddique was literally a big brother to me in cinema and in life. Condolences with pain.”
On Facebook, Mammootty wrote a note in Malayali that translates as, “Continuous departures of very dear ones… while experiencing the unbearable pain it causes…. For own Siddique Homage.”
Dulquer Salmaan shared his picture on Instagram and wrote, “
The gentlest soul. The kindest human. A gifted writer/director. The most incredible humor hiding behind his soft demeanour. He gave us some of the most iconic films. Part of our pop culture and referred to in our everyday conversations. This is an immeasurable loss.
Prayers and strength to Siddique Sirs family and loved ones.
Nazriya Fahadh expressed, “STILL CAN’T BELIEVE WE WON’T GET TO SEE HIM ..HIS SMILE ANYMORE….💔,” on her Instagram story.
Actresses Keerthy Suresh and Ahaana Krishna shared a picture of Siddique with a heartbroken emoji.
RIP Deepest condolences to the family 🙏 pic.twitter.com/LXjkvvxxBl— Prabhudheva (@PDdancing) August 8, 2023
Also, other celebrities like Tovino Thomas, Nivin Paily, Kunchacko Babon, Jayasurya, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Shine Tom Chacko, Manju Warrier, Antony Varghese, Basil Joseph, Samyukta Menon, Antony Varghese, and Jaffar Idukki bid their respect to the director.
Also, director-actor Atul Agnihotri took to his Instagram story and pay tributes to the filmmaker.
Siddique Ismail directed the last movie in the year 2020, Mohanlal starrer ‘Big Brother’. Also, won awards like Kerala State Film Awards for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value and Zee Cine Awards for Best Debut Director. He survived with his wife Sajitha and three children.