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