Director siddique of Friends and Kaavalan fame passes away

Director and screenplay writer Siddique died on Tuesday, August 8.

He was 63 years old. Siddique had suffered a heart attack on Monday, August 7.

The filmmaker was reportedly already being treated for a liver ailment.

He was hospitalised at the Amrita Hospital in Kochi last month. It was also reported that he was being treated for pneumonia.

Siddique suffered a heart attack on Monday afternoon. Following which, he was put on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support.

Despite the efforts, Siddique passed away on Tuesday night.

It is reported that his mortal remains will be placed at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kadavanthra between from 9 am to 11:30 am for people to visit and pay their last respects.

The funeral is scheduled to take place on Wednesday evening.

Siddique’s directorial prowess reached international audiences when he helmed the 2011 Bollywood film Bodyguard, starring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

The film was a Hindi remake of his own Malayalam work of the same title.

His contributions also extended to the Tamil film industry, as he directed the Tamil version of Bodyguard, titled Kaavalan, featuring Vijay and Asin.

Siddique successfully recreated his Malayalam hit Friends for the Tamil audience, retaining the same title and starring Vijay, Suriya, and Vadivelu. His last film released in 2020.