Cochin Haneefa

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Cochin Haneefa
Cochin Haneefa 2008.jpg
Born Salim Ahmed Ghoush
(1951-04-22)22 April 1951
Kochi, Travancore-Cochin, India
Died 2 February 2010(2010-02-02) (aged 58)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names VMC Haneefa
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter
Years active 1972–2010
Spouse(s) Fasila
Children Safa, Marwa (twins)
Parent(s) Veluthedathu Muhammed, Hajira

Salim Ahmed Ghoush[1] (22 April 1951 – 2 February 2010), better known by his stage name Cochin Haneefa, was an Indian film actor, director, and screenwriter. He started his career in the 1970s mainly portraying villainous roles, before going on to become one of the most popular comedians of Malayalam cinema.[2] He has acted in more than 300 films in Malayalam and Tamil.[3]

As a director he is best known for the films Aankiliyude Tharattu (1987) and Valtsalyam (1993).[3]

Personal life and education[edit]

Haneefa was born in Kochi to Kochi Velthedathu Tharavattil A.B. Muhammed and Hajira.[4] He studied at Kochi St. Augustine's School and St. Albert's College and graduated with a degree in Botany. He was married to Fasila. The couple have twins, Safa and Marva.[5]


He was a member of the famed comedy troupe Cochin Kalabhavan,[6] whose members included Jayaram, Kalabhavan Mani, Harisree Ashokan, Salim Kumar, and Bindhu Panicker. He made his film debut in 1972 in Azhimukham directed by Vijayan and went on to act in over 300 films in Malayalam. He also acted in over 80 Tamil films, including popular movies like Mahanadi with Kamal Haasan,[3] Sivaji and Enthiran with Rajinikanth.

Haneefa played memorable roles in many Malayalam films, including Mannar Mathai Speaking, Devaasuram, Kireedam, chenkol , Punjabi House and Swapnakoodu, C.I. Mahadevan 5 Adi 4 Inchu.[7][8] He also directed around 20 films, including Valtsalyam and Moonu Masangalkku Munbu. The last Tamil films in which he appeared were Madrasapattinam[3] and Enthiran. His final Malayalam film was the 2010 film Bodyguard.


Kerala State Film Awards:


Haneefa died on February 2, 2010, aged 59, at Sri Ramachandra Hospital in Chennai, from multiple organ failure.[9] He had been treated for liver cancer.[10]


Malayalam films[edit]

Tamil films[edit]


Malayalam films[edit]

Tamil films[edit]

  • Paasa Paravaigal (1988)
  • Paadatha Thenikkal (1988)
  • Pasa Mazhai (1989)
  • Pagalil Pournami (1990)
  • Pillai Pasam (1991)
  • Vasaliley Oru Vennila (1991)
  • Naalai Engal Kalyanam (1992)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cochin Haneefa". 
  2. ^ "സിനിമാ-'ജീവിത'ത്തിലെ ഹനീഫ" (in Malayalam). Mathrubhumi. 2 February 2010. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Srinivasan, Meera; Kannan, Ramya (2 February 2010). "Actor Cochin Haneefa dies". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
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  7. ^ "C.I. Mahadevan 5 Adi 4 Inchu". Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "C.I. Mahadevan 5 Adi 4 Inchu". Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "VMC Haneefa passes away". 2 February 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 

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