Salim Ahmed Ghoush (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. He has acted in more than 300 films in Malayalam and Tamil.
Cochin Haneefa in the film 'Pandippada'
Salim Ahmed Ghouse
22 April 1951
|Died||2 February 2010 (aged 58)|
|Other names||VMC Haneefa (Veluthedathu Muhammed Cochin Haneefa)|
|Occupation||Actor, film director, screenwriter|
|Children||Safa, Marwa (twins)|
|Parent(s)||Veluthedathu Muhammed, Hajira|
Personal life and educationEdit
Haneefa was born in Cochin (present-day Kochi) to Kochi Velthedathu Tharavattil A.B. Muhammed and Hajira, as the second among their eight children. He studied at Kochi St. Augustine's School and St. Albert's College and graduated with a degree in commerce. He was married to Fasila. The couple have twins, Safa and Marva.
He was a member of the famed comedy troupe Cochin Kalabhavan, whose members included Jayaram, Siddique, Lal, Kalabhavan Mani, Harisree Ashokan and Zainudheen. 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, Sivaji and Enthiran with Rajinikanth.
Haneefa played memorable roles in many Malayalam films, including Mannar Mathai Speaking, Devaasuram, Kireedam, Chenkol , Punjabi House and Swapnakoodu, Pulivaal Kalyanam etc. He also directed around 20 films, including Valtsalyam and Moonu Masangalkku Munbu. The last Tamil films in which he appeared were Madrasapattinam and Enthiran. His final Malayalam film was the 2010 film Bodyguard.
Even though he started off in villain roles, he slowly transitioned to the comedic characters. His comedic roles smartly captured his physique in a self-deprecating nature. He had also played dramatic supporting character roles to a great effect.
|1998||Thulli Thirintha Kaalam||Nair|
|1999||Kakkai Siraginile||Kanmani's father|
|2002||Maaran||C.B.I officer Madanagopal|
|2003||Lesa Lesa||Chandru's Uncle|
|2005||Anniyan||Delinquent car owner|
|2006||Something Something ... Unnakum Ennakum||Ravichandran|
|2007||Sivaji: The Boss||A. Kuzhandhaivel|
|2008||Arai En 305-il Kadavul||Giri Chettan|
|2008||Poi Solla Porom||Vijayakumar|
|2009||A Aa E Ee||Vedachalam|
|2010||Kattradhu Kalavu||posthumous film)|
|2010||Ambasamudram Ambani||posthumous film)|
|2010||Thottu Paar||posthumous film)|
- Bheesmacharya (1994)
- Vatsalyam (1993)
- Veena Meettiya Vilangukal (1990)
- Aankiliyude Tharattu (1987)
- Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormaykku (1987)
- Moonnu Masangalkku Munpu (1986)
- Oru Sandesam Koodi (1985)
- Paasa Paravaigal (1988)
- Paadatha Thenikkal (1988)
- Pagalil Pournami (1990)
- Pillai Paasam (1991)
- Vaasalile Oru Vennila (1991)
- Naalai Engal Kalyanam (later released as Kadalora Kaadhal)
- Aval Oru Devaalayam (1977) (Directed by A.B. Raj)
- Adima Changala (1981) (Directed by A.B. Raj)
- Ithihasam (1981)
- Chicagoyil Cheenthiya Raktham
- Aarambham (1982) (Directed by Joshi)
- Dheera (1982) (Directed by Joshi)
- Thaalam Thettiya Tharattu (1983) (Directed by A.B. Raj)
- Sandharbham(1984) (Directed by Joshi)
- Inakkilly (1984) (Directed by Joshi)
- Piriyilla Naam (1984) (Directed by Joshi)
- Parayanumvayya Parayathirikkanumvayya (1985) (Directed by Priyadarshan)
- Puthiya Karukkal (1989) (Directed by Thampi Kannanthanam)
- Lal Americayil (1989) (Directed by Sathyan Anthikkad)
- Kadathanadan Ambadi (1990) (Directed by Priyadarshan)
- Bheesmacharya (1994) (Directed by himself)
- Mission (2010)
- "Cochin Hanifa". IMDb.
- "സിനിമാ-'ജീവിത'ത്തിലെ ഹനീഫ" (in Malayalam). Mathrubhumi. 2 February 2010. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- Srinivasan, Meera; Kannan, Ramya (2 February 2010). "Actor Cochin Haneefa dies". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Cochin Kalabhavan". www.cochinkalabhavan.com.
- "C.I. Mahadevan 5 Adi 4 Inchu". Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- "C.I. Mahadevan 5 Adi 4 Inchu". Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- "VMC Haneefa passes away". Sify.com. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
- Cochin Haneefa on IMDb
- Cochin Haneefa at MSI
- "Cochin Haneefa Passed Away"
- Notice of death of Cochin Haneefa aka Salim Ahmed Ghoush
- Mathrubhumi Online website