Cochin Haneefa is no more. A popular actor who started out in villain roles, graduated into character roles and later found his niche in comedy roles. Besides acting Haneefa had proven his mettle as a Writer and Director. Critically acclaimed Vatsalyam was on of the last movies he had directed. Cochin Haneefa had a strong presence in Tamil cinema too and had acted in many hit movies including Sivaji the Boss. He has won many awards in his career including the one for 2nd best actor by Kerala state for his rule in Suthradharan.
Haneefa was admitted to Ramachandra Hospital in Chennai due to Liver problems. He died this morning following a massive Heart attack. He was 59.
In the past decade, he specialized in playing the village idiot. Most of his roles were clones of the Party Youth Wing Secretary he played in Meesha Madhavan. He excelled in that and played it with great monotony. That became his brand.
We will miss the village idiot and we say that with affection.