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Siddique

Film Director / Screenwriter / Actor / Tv Show Host & Stage Show Director

Biography

  • Name: Siddique
  • Email: mail@siddiquedirector.com
  • Address: PO Box 16122 Collins Street West, Victoria, USA.
  • Nationality: India

The popular Indian Film Director, Screenwriter, Actor, TV Show Host and Stage Show Director. In his career, spanning more than 2 decades, almost all of his films have been huge successes, in languages, like Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. A number of films directed by him have been remade into various other languages. He is also a popular TV show host. And to his credit, has directed several mega shows all over the world.

BIOGRAPHY

Siddique commonly known as ‘Siddique’, is an Indian Film Director, Screenwriter, Actor, TV Show Host and Stage Show Director who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema, based in Kochi. Regarded as one of the most respected directors in Indian cinema, Siddque started his career in the movies as assistant directors to the acclaimed director Fazil and later teamed up with Lal to create many films, to be credited as ‘Siddique-Lal’.

He made his directorial debut along with his long-time collaborator & co-director Lal, with the Malayalam film ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’ (1989). The director-duo followed the success of ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’ with ‘In Harihar Nagar’ (1990), ‘Godfather’ (1991), ‘Vietnam Colony’ (1992), and ‘Kabooliwala’ (1993) all of which were huge commercial and critically acclaimed venture. In 1995, they co-wrote ‘Mannar Mathai Speaking’, for producer-director Mani C. Kappan.

Siddique's films are all in the comedy genre. Siddique's films in Tamil and Telugu have mostly been remakes of his Malayalam films. After their split-up Siddique continued directing commercially successful ventures like Hitler (1996), Friends (1999), Chronic Bachelor (2003), Bodyguard (2010) and Ladies and Gentlemen (2013). His latest film is Bhaskar the Rascal in Malayalam which was released on 15 April 2015 and it was a big family hit in the year.

The Hindi remake of his film ‘Bodyguard’, which he directed, starring Salman Khan, has been one of the biggest grosser of all time and has been part of the coveted ‘100 Crore Club’.

Language Skills

The popular Indian Film Director, Screenwriter, Actor, TV Show Host and Stage Show Director. In his career, spanning more than 2 decades, almost all of his films have been huge successes, in languages. A number of films directed by him have been remade into various other languages.

PERSONAL LIFE

Siddique was born to Ismail Haji & Zainaba. He got married to his cousin Sajitha on 6 May 1984. The couple had three daughters Sumaiyya, Sara & Sukoon. Sumaiyya is now married to Nabeel Mehran. Sara is now married to Mohamed shefsin. Grand children Eman kadija and Yara mohamed shefsin. Sukoon,is suffering from Cerebral palsy by birth.

SIDDIQUE-LAL

The professional association with director-actor Lal goes back to their Kalabhavan days where they used to direct and perform mimicry/comedy skits. The duo of Siddique and Lal were spotted by Fazil during a mimicry/skit-performance in the Cochin-Kalabhavan troupe.

The director-duo has given the Malayalam cinema industry some of its biggest commercial hits. ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’ (1989), ‘In Harihar Nagar’ (1990), ‘Godfather’ (1991), ‘Vietnam Colony’ (1992), ‘Kabooliwala’ (1993), and ‘Mannar Mathai Speaking’(1995) which they co-write for the director-producer Mani C. Kappan. Most of these films enjoy a cult following in Kerala and were successfully remade into several other Indian languages.

The duo split up after 1995, with Siddique continuing with his directorial ventures and Lal turning to acting and producing. Meanwhile, after sixteen years, Lal too, did come back as a director by directing the sequels to ‘In Harihar Nagar’. Both the sequels ‘2, Harihar Nagar’ (2009) and ‘In Ghost House Inn’ (2010) were among the biggest hits of the respective years.

The duo has re-united for a combined directorial venture after 20 years. The movie is in its pre-production stages and is slated to be released in 2015

CAREER

Post Split-up
1995 – 2014

The duo split up after 1995. While Lal turned to acting and producing films, Siddique continued with his directorial ventures. He teamed up with Mammootty for the first time in the blockbuster of 1996, Hitler. He followed its success in 1999 with Jayaram, Mukesh and Sreenivasan in Friends. Chronic Bachelor (2003) saw him reuniting with Mammootty.

The megahit of 2010, Bodyguard, saw him directing Dileep and Nayathara for the first time. The film was later remade into Tamil as ‘Kaavalan’ and into Hindi as ‘Bodyguard’. All three versions directed by Siddique received tremendous response at the box-office. In fact, the hindi version, starring Salman Khan went on to be part of the coveted 100 crore club.

Siddique directed Mohanlal after a very long gap of almost 21 years in Ladies and Gentlemen in 2013.

Success as ‘Siddique-Lal’
1989 – 1995

Siddique teamed up with Lal to make his directorial debut with ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’ in 1989. The film, which had a very low profile release, went on to become the biggest commercial success of that year.

The director-duo followed the success of ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’ with ‘In Harihar Nagar’ (1990) and soon got catapulted into A-list director’s league. They maintained their momentum of success with ‘Godfather’ (1991), ‘Vietnam Colony’ (1992), and ‘Kabooliwala’ (1993) all of which were huge commercial and critically acclaimed venture.

1995 saw them co-writing for the hugely successful ‘Mannar Mathai Speaking’, credit for directing of which went to the producer of the film Mani C. Kappan.

All of these films were among the biggest commercial hits in Malayalam cinema and most of them enjoy a cult following in Kerala. In fact, their film ‘Godfather’ was the longest running Malayalam film ever. It ran for over 406 days. ‘Chithram’, directed by Priyadarshan came close, by running for over 373 days.

Kalabhavan Days Assisting Director Fazil
Before 1989
Regarded as one of the most respected directors in Indian cinema, Siddque started his career in the movies as assistant directors to the acclaimed director Fazil and later teamed up with Lal to create many films, to be credited as ‘Siddique-Lal’.

Awards & Recognitions

Kerala State Film Award

Godfather

1991
Kerala State Film Award for Best Popular Film - Godfather (1991)
Zee Cine Awards                           

Bodyguard

2012
Zee Cine Awards-Best Debut Director - Bodyguard (2012)

OTHER LANGUAGES

REMAKES IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Almost all of his movies have been remade into several other languages. Notable among them are...

Ramji Rao Speaking

1989
Remade in Hindi as ‘Hera Pheri’ (2000), directed by Priyadarshan. Remade in Tamil as ‘Arangetra Velai’ (1990), directed by Fazil.

In Harihar Nagar

1990
Remade in Hindi as ‘Dhol’ (2007), directed by Priyadarshan. Was also remade in Hindi as ‘Parda Hai Parda’ (1992), directed by K. Bapaiah. Remade in Telugu as ‘Madhuranagarilo’ (1991), directed by Kodi Ramakrishna. Remade in Tamil as ‘MGR Nagaril’ (1991), directed by Alleppey Ashraf.

Godfather

1991
Remade in Hindi as ‘Hulchal’ (2004), directed by Priyadarshan. Remade in Telugu as ‘Peddarikam’ (1992), directed by A.M. Ratnam.

Vietnam Colony         

1992
Remade in Tamil as ‘Vietnam Colony’ (1994), directed by Santhana Bharathi.

Kabooliwala

1993

Mannar Mathai Speaking

1995
Remade in Hindi as ‘Bhagam Bhaag’ (2006), directed by Priyadarshan. Remade in Tamil as ‘Sadhu Miranda’ (2008), and in Telugu as ‘Maaro’ (2011), both directed by Siddique.

Hitler

1996
Remade in Telugu as Hitler (1997), directed by Muthyala Subbaiah. Remade in Kannada as ‘Varsha’ (2005), directed by K. Narayan. Remade in Hindi as ‘Krodh’ (2000), directed by Ashok Honda.

Friends

1999
Remade in Tamil as ‘Friends’ (2001), directed by Siddique. Remade in Telugu as ‘Snehamante Idera’ (2001), directed by Bala Sekharan

Chronic Bachlor

2003
Remade in Tamil as ‘Engal Anna’ (2004), directed by Siddique. And Remade in Telugu

Bodyguard

2010
Remade in Hindi as ‘Bodyguard’ (2011) and in Tamil as ‘Kaavalan’ (2011), both directed by Siddique. Remade in Telugu as ‘Bodyguard’ (2011), directed by Gopichand Malineli. Remade in Kannada as ‘Bodyguard’ (2011), directed by Anand.

Filmography

Directed alone

Contact

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Siddique

Film Director
Screenwriter
Actor
TV Show Host and Stage Show Director