Remembering Cochin Haneefa on his tenth anniversary of death
For Keralites, not a day goes by without the hilarious dialogue of Gangadharan (Cochin Haneef) 25,000 clothes saab ipo ingott tharanam. Epo tharum? Tharamenn paranja epo tharumenn for? Athentha ente cashinu vilayonnumille? since ' Punjabi House '. It's been 10 long years since the veteran actor Cochin Haneefa bid adieu to us. A decade ago, on February 2’s cold evening, Cochin Haneefa breathed his last at a private hospital in Chennai. Memories of the actor who made people laugh with his hysterically funny lines now make fans well up. Even a decade after his unfortunate demise, Mollywood hasn't accepted that he is gone. The impeccable performances in the past decades keep Cochin Haneefa alive in the hearts of his fans and colleagues.
A man who loved the smile
Born in 1951, Mohammed Haneefa was a big fan of drama and cinemas. He always wanted to be an artist who paved the way for Cochin Kalabhavan to be part of a comedy company in Kochi. Haneefa was the star of the company that could easily attract the public with its humorous lines. The audience laughed out loud with their tickling dialogues. The smile and laughter seemed invaluable and, therefore, he enjoyed it. Smiling and making others smile was their only motto. Later, in 1972, Haneefa got his Mollywood debut with 'Azhimukham'. After entering the entertainment world, he adopted the name of Cochin Haneef.
Cochin Haneefa who began his career playing antagonist roles later shifted the focus to characters that had humour in it. His characters like Haidross from 'Chenkol', boat owner Gangadharan from ' Punjabi House ', Vikraman from 'CID Moosa' still entertain the audience for their amusing nature. Not just comical roles, but Haneefa has also proved that he is great in acing character roles like Mani in 'Soothradharan'. From Jayan, Nazir, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Dileep to Prithviraj Sukumaran, the actor has worked with most of the A-listers in Mollywood.
A talented director
Many of Haneefa's fans know that he was an exceptional actor, but they rarely know that Haneefa was a multifaceted talent. From writing stories to several movies to directing a lot of great movies, Haneefa has also tried her luck in the movies. Haneefa has directed Mammootty for 'Vatsalyam'. The film portrays the beauty of relationships. Mammootty's character, Meledathu Raghavan Nair, still remains in the hearts of the audience and we couldn't help seeing Haneefa's autobiographical elements in him. 'Bheesmacharya' and 'Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormaykku' are some of his other management jobs.
A man weaving beautiful ties
Cochin Haneefa was a person who believed in earning beautiful relationships. From working for movies without remuneration to maintaining friendship with his colleagues, Haneefa managed to weave beautiful bonds. Haneefa maintained a great friendship with the Big M's - Mohanlal and Mammootty. He has also acted with both of them in numerous movies. Dileep, Salim Kumar, Innocent and many others were dear friends of the actor. In fact, Haneefa had absolutely zero haters!
A loving husband and an affectionate father
Cochin Haneefa tied the knot in 1994. He was 45 when I've married 19-year-old Fasila. Although it was a late marriage, the actor got the perfect partner that he always wanted. The duo was head over heels in love with each other. The only thing Haneefa asked Fasila during their first meeting was, Did you like me? They walked hand in hand and had two kids, twins - Safa and Marva. As a great partner and companion, Fasila always stayed close to the actor. Although the span he lived with his family was short, Haneef made sure to be a great companion to his wife Fasila and a doting father to his two daughters.