Saturday, October 29, 2011

COCHIN HANEEFA

In the last week  of January 2010 when people read in News paper that the famous Cine Actor Cochin Haneefa was seriously ill and he was undergoing treatment at  a Chennai Hospital all film goers were astonished.Till that time no body had  even a trace of doubt about his health since he was seen in films as very energetic,ebullient and smart always.Even though he was 58 years old he seemed to be  much younger.
So most of the people thought that he would recover in a few days and could be busy again on cinema sets to entertain the masses..But when the news flashed on  Feb 2 that Cochin Haneefa died, it was a heartfelt news  of deep sorrow for people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu especially.
The real name of Cochin Haneefa was 'Salim Ahmed'  and was born at Cochin on 22 April 1951 to parents Muhammed and Hajira.He was a graduate with Botany as the main subject and was the student of St.Alberts College.During the school and college studies he used to participate actively in several programs there.He had a flair for acting and was expert in mimicry also.So he was selected at Cochin Kala Bhavan after degree course  where he could present his comedy items on so many stages.In 1972 Haneefa got a chance to act in a film and his debut film was 'Azhimukham'.During those period most of the Malayalam films were made in Chennai and so for getting more chances in films he shifted to  Chennai.Cochin Haneefa could make friendship with film makers and directors very soon since he had the talent to harmoniously mingle with everybody.He became a busy film actor but at that time he was selected as villain type characters mostly.Cochin Haneefa being a very talented person in diversified fields and  who was very ambitious  got entry in Tamil Films also.He was able to get the friendship of Sri.M.Karunanidhi  during those days.He directed a film for which Karunanidhi penned the dialogues.In Tamil and Malayalam films he became script and screenplay writer and director  apart from acting.
Cochin Haneefa was loved and appreciated by all for his excellent dialogue  presentation.After emerging as a villainous comedy actor his peculiar smart way of dialogue  presentation created roaring laughter in cinema halls.Even in Tamil he could create a good impression and in films like 'Kadhala Kadhala',  'Shivaji' ,  'Anniyan'  etc he was  very much acclaimed.He got chance to act in 'Vettaikkaran' , 'Mahanadi'  and 'Enthiran ' also and thus appeared in films of Kamal Hasan,Rajani Kanth,Vijay and Soorya.
The rowdy 'Hydros' in 'Kireedam, was a turning point in his acting career and from there on wards he was seen in several supporting and character roles brilliantly mixing a tinge of comedy also.The Police Inspector in 'Ee Parakkum Thalika' , the boat owner in 'Punjabi House' the government employee in 'Pattanathil Sundaran' the stage actor of 'Mannar Mathai Speaking', the Secretary Sundaresan in 'Friends'
are all well remembered roles.




He directed some good films in Malayalam like Bheeshmacharya,Vatsalyam,Veena Meetiya Vilangukal,Aan Kiliyude Tharattu,Oru Sindhoora pottinte ormakku,Moonnu Masangalkku Munpu and Oru Sandesam koodi.
In Tamil he directed films like Pasa Paraivagal,Pasa Mazhai,Pagalil Pournami,Pillai Pasem,Vasalile Oru Vennila,and Nalai Engal Kalyanam.
His film 'Valsalyam' in which Mammootty and Geetha handled the main  roles was a very good movie well presented by him.As a writer also he proved his stature  and famous director like 'Joshy' made remarkable films out of his works.
As a writer he owes the credit of films like Aval oru Devalayam,Adimachangala,Ithihasam,Chicagoyil chinthiya raktham,Aarambham,Dheera,Thalam thettiya tharattu,Sandarbham,Inakkili,Piriyilla Naam,Parayanum Vayya Parayathirikkanum Vayya,Puthiya Karukkal,Lal Americayil,Kadathanadan Ambadi,Bheeshmacharya etc
Cochin Haneefa who helped all his family members had a late marriage and his children(twins) are still babies.
Selected Filmography
Azhimukham
Aavesam
Moorkhan
Aarathi
Thalam thettiya tharattu
Bhookambham
Aattakkalasam
Aa rathri
Koottinilam kili
Ente upasana
Thalavattam
Mukundetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu
Kireedam
Devasuram
Valsalyam
Chenkol
Kinnaripuzhayoram
Kalapani Hitler Superman
Anuragakottaram
Lelam
Aniyathipravu
Kalmadam
njan Gandharvan
Udayapuram Sulthan
Friends
Mr.Butler
Megham
Independance
Dada Sahib
Sathyam Sivam Sundaram
Rakshasa Rajavu
Praja
Suthradharan
Kakkakuyil
Ee Parakkum thalika
Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka
Snehithan
Pranaya Manithooval
Bharthavudyogam
Oomapenninu uriyada payyan
Mazhathulli kilukkam
Kunjikoonan
Kaiyethum Doorathu
Pulival Kalyanam

Kasthuriman
Meesa Madhavan
Thilakam
Pattanathil Sundaran
Vismayathumbathu
Vettam
Deivasnamathil
Pandipada
Ananthabhadram
Thuruppu Gulan
Madhu Chandralekha
Nerariyan CBI
Aanachandam
Kilukkam Kilu kilukkam
Udayananu Tharam
Red salute
Chota Mumbai
Twenty 20
Loud Speaker
Body Guard
Chathikkatha Chandu
Runway
Sadananthante Samayam
Meerayude Dukham Muthuvinte swapnam
Raja Manikyam
Swapnakoodu
Pulival kalyanam
Njangal Santhushtaranu
Keerthichakra

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