Kalabhavan Abi

Habeeb Muhammed (28 February 1965 – 30 November 2017), better known by his stage name Kalabhavan Abi, was an Indian impressionist, comedian, actor, and dubbing artist.[1]

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Habeeb Muhammed

(1964-09-03)3 September 1964
Died30 November 2017(2017-11-30) (aged 52)
Elamakkara, Kochi
EducationMaharaja's College, Ernakulam
OccupationImpressionist, comedian, actor, dubbing artist, playback singer
Years active1991–2017
Children3 (including Shane Nigam)

Personal lifeEdit

Abi was born as the third son to Kavumkara Thadathikkudiyil (Thonganal) Bava Khan, a noted social worker and the former state general secretary of Kerala Congress, and Payipra Ezhuthanikattu Ummakunju on 28 February 1965 at Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam. He has two elder brothers Ameer Navas and Kabeer B Haroon, and a younger sister Raziya.[2][3] He had his primary education at Government Higher Secondary School, Muvattupuzha. He did his pre university degree from Maharaja's College, Ernakulam. He studied Sanitary Inspector's Diploma Course (S.I.) at Mumbai.[4]

He was married to Sunila. They had a son, Shane Nigam, two daughters, Ahana and Aleena. They settled at Elamakkara, Kochi. He was under treatment for aplastic anemia for two years before his death. On 30 November 2017 he was taken to Amrita Hospital at around 8 a.m. after he complained of uneasiness. Doctors confirmed death after half an hour. The death happened 45 mins before that.[5] His funeral took place at Perumattam, Muvattupuzha Muslim Jamath mosque.


Abi began his stage career in Youth Festivals in the Mahatma Gandhi University and had twice bagged the first prize in mimicry competitions which brought him into the mimicry troop Kalabhavan.[6] Later, he worked in the troops Cochin Sagar, Cochin Oscar and Harisree. Cochin Sagar is a troop he formed in 1990 and later on has worked in its banner. His debut film was Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu in the 1991, and has then acted in about 50 films. As a stage performer, he is best known for his performance as an elderly Muslim woman named Amina Thatha, and is also known for mimicking voice of actor Mammootty. Along with Dileep and Nadirshah, Abi is one among the pioneers that produced comedy audio albums, Dhe Maveli Kombathu and Onathinidakku Puttu kachavadam in the 1990s. Abhi was also the voice behind Amitabh Bachchan in many Malayalam dubbed advertisements.[7] His popular movies are Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar, Aniyathipravu, Mazhavil Koodaram and Rasikan. Abi's last film was Thrissivaperoor Kliptham in 2017. Abi's son, Shane Nigam, is an actor.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu Stephen
1992 Kasarkode Khaderbai
1993 Vatsalyam Vinod
1994 Sainyam Cadet Das
1994 Moonnam Loka Pattalam (The Porter) Sasi Varma
1994 Vardhakya Puranam Santhosh
1995 Mimics Action 500 Devassykutty
1995 Mazhavilkoodaram Sobhan Kumar
1995 Kidilol Kidilam Ajith
1996 Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar Meter Koya, Ithaatha
1997 Manikya Koodaram
1997 Aniyathipraavu Santhappan
1999 James Bond Sundaran
2002 Desam Bhaskaran
2004 Rasikan Abu
2007 Kichamani MBA
2010 Thanthonni
2013 Thank You
2013 For Sale
2013 Malayala Nadu
2014 Koothara Thufailikka
2016 Happy Wedding SI Happy Paul
2017 Chicken Kokkachi
2017 Thrissivaperoor Kliptham Sensilavos
2017 Karutha Sooryan


Year Film Song Music Director Co-singer
2014 Salalah Mobiles La La Lasa Gopi Sundar Nazriya Nazim, Gopi Sundar