Who Was Siddique Ismail? Indian Director’s Net Worth, Cause Of Death, Married Wife, Children, Obituary, Wiki, Bio

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Who was Siddique Ismail and what happened to him? The Legendary Malayalam cinema director and producer is dead. What he died of, his fortune, spouse, kids, biography, and more explored.

Siddique Ismail was a prominent figure in the entertainment industry in India.

He is a legendary film and television director and producer.

On August 8, the whole of India were shocked to learn about Ismail’s death. He passed away aged 63 in Kochi, Kerala, India.

Following the tragic news about his death, it became TheDistin‘s right to celebrate his achievements in this article. Read on for more about movies, tv shows, what he died of, his personal life, family, parents, partner, kids, finances and career.

The filmmaker had been in intensive care following a heart attack
The filmmaker had been in intensive care following a heart attack

Who was Siddique Ismail?

Siddique Ismail solidified his name in the Indian entertainment industry as a film director and producer, screenwriter, and actor who predominantly worked in Malayalam cinema.

He was born on August 1, 1960, in Cochin, Kerala, India.

His parents were Ismail Haji and Zainaba.

He attended the St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery.

He made his directorial debut with the Malayalam movie Ramji Rao Speaking in 1989.

As a screenwriter, he debuted in the Malayalam movie Pappan Priyappetta Pappan 1986. His last film to hit the screens was Big Brother.

He was admitted to hospital in early July for breathing issues
He was admitted to hospital in early July for breathing issues

What was Siddique Ismail’s career like?

Beginning his career, Siddique worked with director Fazil as his assistant. The latter had spotted Ismail with his duo, Lal, during a performance in the Cochin Kalabhavan troupe.

He later teamed up with Lal to create many films and was credited as Siddique-Lal. 

The duo has since split up, Siddique has continued with his directorial ventures, while Lal has turned to acting and producing. Siddique’s films are all in the comedy genre.

His films in Tamil mainly were remakes of his Malayalam films.

His film Bodyguard in Malayalam has been remade into Tamil as Kaavalan by Siddique himself. He also remade the film into Hindi as Bodyguard. Siddique co-produce films with Jenso Jose under their joint company S Talkies.

As producer he’s credited for Fukri (2017) and Big Brother (2019).

His television show credits include Mammootty the Best Actor Award (Asianet) as Judge, Comedy Festival (Mazhavil Manorama) as Judge, Cinema Chirima (Mazhavil Manorama) as Host, Comedy Festival Season 2 (Mazhavil manorama) as Judge, Aaraanee Malayalee (Manorama News) as anchor, Comedy Stars Season 2 (Asianet) as Judge, Top Singer Super night as Judge.

In 1991, he won the Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value at the Kerala State Film Awards, and in 2012 he received the Zee Cine Awards for Best Debut Director.

What was Siddique Ismail’s cause of death?

Legendary film director Siddique Ismail died only days after turning 69. He was born on August 1, and 7 days after celebrating his birthday, he passed on 8 August 2023

Ismail died of cardiac arrest after suffering a heart attack on Sunday and being admitted to a private hospital in Kochi, India.

He had been in hospital since early July for treatment of pneumonia and related respiratory issues.

The filmmaker was reportedly in intensive care shortly before passing away.

The beloved Malayalam had suffered health issues before
The beloved Malayalam had suffered health issues before

What was Siddique Ismail’s net worth?

For years of acting, producing, and directing films, Siddique Ismail accumulated an estimated net worth of $500,000. After making his directorial debut in 1989 with film “Ramji Rao Speaking”, he made dozens of movies.

Ismail created beloved Hindi movies such as “Friends”, “Kaavalan”, “Englal Anna” and other Tamil memes and pop culture.

He also acted in a few films and television shows, winning the Mammootty Best Actor Award for his portrayal of a judge in “Asianet”.

Who was Siddique Ismail’s wife?

At age 24, Siddique Ismail got married to his wife Sajitha. They tied the knot on May 6, 1984 and were together ever since until his death in 2023. Siddique and Sajitha were married for over 35 years.

How many children did Siddique Ismail have?

Famed Indian producer and director, Siddique Ismail was a father before his death. He had three children; all daughters. The names of his kids are Sumaya, Sara, and Sukoon.

He welcomed all of his girls with his wife Sajitha.