Siddique, a well-known director and screenwriter, died on Tuesday at 9 p.m. He was 63. He died while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Kochi for a heart attack that he was admitted on Monday.

At 9:15 p.m., a group of Malayalam cinema industry members led by filmmaker B Unnikrishnan reported Siddique’s death. According to reports, he already had pneumonia and a liver disease.

Siddique made his directorial debut with the comic thriller ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’ in 1989, after beginning his career as a mimicry performer. He co-directed the film with actor Lal, whose partnership was a tremendous success in the industry, resulting in other blockbusters such as ‘In Harihar Nagar’ (1990), ‘Godfather’ (1991), ‘Vietnam Colony’ (1992), and ‘Kabooliwala’ (1994).

Siddique directed ‘Friends,’ an evergreen drama starring Jayaram, Mukesh, and Sreenivasan, in 1999. The film was eventually remade in Tamil (2001), and it marked the director’s first foray into the Tamil film industry.

Siddique’s romantic comedy ‘Bodyguard,’ starring Dileep and Nayanthara, was a box office success in 2010 and was adapted in Hindi and Tamil, with stars Salman Khan and Vijay playing the prominent parts.

‘Pappan Priyappetta Pappan,’ ‘Bhaskar Oru Rascal,’ ‘Chronic Bachelor,’ ‘Mannar Mathai Speaking,’ ‘Hitler,’ ‘King Liar,’ ‘Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu,’ ‘Fukri,’ and ‘Big Brother’ are among his other notable works.

Siddique is married to Sajitha, with whom he shares three children. This is a big loss for the film industry and a shocker for all the celebrities and fans. At this tough hour we convey our deepest condolences to his family and friends.