Siddique (director)

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Siddique Ismail
Upper-body photo of smiling man with dark hair, mustache and beard wearing dark-colored button down shirt
Kochi, Kerala, India
Years active1984 – present
(m. 1984)

Siddique Ismail is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor and producer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema.[1][2] He made his directorial debut with the Malayalam movie Ramji Rao Speaking in 1989. As a screenwriter, he made his debut in the Malayalam movie Pappan Priyappetta Pappan in 1986. His last film to hit the screens was Big Brother.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Siddique Ismail was born to Ismail Haji and Zainaba in Kochi on 1 August 1954. He is a alumnus of St. Paul's College, Kalamassery. He married Sajitha on 6 May 1984. The couple have three daughters Sumaya, Sara, and Sukoon.[4]


He began his career as an assistant director to Fazil. The duo of Siddique and Lal was spotted by Fazil when he saw them performing in the Cochin Kalabhavan troupe.[5] Siddique later teamed up with Lal to create many films and was credited as Siddique-Lal.[2] 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. Siddique's films in Tamil have mostly been remakes of his Malayalam films.

His film Bodyguard in Malayalam has been remade into Tamil as Kaavalan by Siddique himself.[6] He also remade the film into Hindi as Bodyguard.[7] Siddique co-produce films with Jenso Jose under their joint company S Talkies.


Awards won 2
Nominations N/A

Kerala State Film Awards :-

Zee Cine Awards :-



Year Film Director Script Story Note Associate Director
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Yes Yes Debut
1987 Nadodikkattu Yes
1988 Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal Yes
1989 Ramji Rao Speaking Yes Yes Yes Directorial Debut
1990 In Harihar Nagar Yes Yes Yes
1991 Godfather Yes Yes Yes '
1992 Vietnam Colony Yes Yes Yes
Makkal Mahatmyam Yes Yes
1993 Kabooliwala Yes Yes Yes
Manichithrathazhu Second-unit director
1995 Mannar Mathai Speaking Yes Yes
1996 Hitler Yes Yes Yes
1998 Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu Yes
1999 Friends Yes Yes Yes
2001 Friends Yes Yes Yes Tamil film
2003 Chronic Bachelor Yes Yes Yes
2004 Engal Anna Yes Yes Yes Tamil film
2005 Finger Print Yes
2005 Maaro Yes Yes Yes Telugu film
2008 Sadhu Miranda Yes Yes Yes Tamil film
2010 Bodyguard Yes Yes Yes
2011 Kaavalan Yes Yes Yes Tamil film
2011 Bodyguard Yes Yes Yes Hindi film
2013 Ladies and Gentleman Yes Yes Yes
2015 Bhaskar the Rascal Yes Yes Yes
2016 King Liar Yes Yes
2017 Fukri Yes Yes Yes
2018 Bhaskar Oru Rascal Yes Yes Yes Tamil film
2020 Big Brother Yes Yes Yes

As actor[edit]

As producer[edit]


  • 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


  1. ^ "Best Siddique movies list (as director) @ MoviesList.IN". Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b George, Vijay (9 January 2020). "Director Siddique on working with Mohanlal in 'Big Brother', and balancing content and budget in cinema".
  3. ^ "Big Brother Movie Review: A thriller that tests your patience".
  4. ^ Sebastian, Shevlin. "Siddique never loses his cool". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Cochin Kalabhavan".
  6. ^ "Vijay's Kaavalan in December". 17 September 2010. Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Siddique". IMDb. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  8. ^ Godfather
  9. ^ Bodyguard

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