Kalabhavan Haneef, a beloved figure in the Malayalam film industry renowned for his acting and mimicry, sadly passed away at the age of 63 in Kochi. He commenced his journey in the world of acting back in 1991, marking his debut with the film “Cheppukilukkana Changathi” and went on to become a prominent part of over 150 Malayalam movies. His recent involvement in a film considered for an Oscar nomination, “2018: Everyone Is a Hero,” showcased his continuing relevance and talent in the industry.
One of his notable roles that endeared him to audiences was his performance in the slapstick comedy “Ee Parakkum Thalika” in 2001. His impeccable comedic timing and engaging portrayals made him a cherished actor among fans.
Haneef’s journey began with his roots in mimicry, where he was associated with the well-known performance group Kalabhavan. This troupe significantly contributed to popularizing mimicry as an art form in Kerala. Transitioning from mimicry to the big screen, Haneef’s humorous roles and ability to effortlessly bring characters to life led to his success in cinema, with over 300 movies to his credit.
Apart from his work in films, he also explored television serials and stage performances, showcasing his versatility and dedication to entertainment.
The news of his untimely demise was met with deep sorrow from the film fraternity, with tributes pouring in from industry stalwarts like superstar Mammootty and Cultural Affairs Minister Saji Cheriyan. They highlighted Haneef’s exceptional talent, particularly his spontaneous acting skills and memorable dialogue delivery that left a lasting impact on audiences.
Haneef leaves behind his wife, Wahida, and two children, Sithara Haneef and Shahrukh Haneef. His contributions to the entertainment industry and his ability to bring joy and laughter to audiences will be remembered and cherished by many.