“I was only a leading man for a minute; now I'm a character actor “- Robin Williams
He must have been talking about Siddique. Hey Jude’s Dominic - the hilarious, greedy, street-smart art dealer and insensitive dad - is the latest addition to his list of brilliant outings. Here we bring you filmmaker Parthan Mohan’s list of the actor’s best 10 performances.
1) Hussain (Lelam): The lovable confidante of the temperamental Aana Kattil Chackochi, was safe in the hands of the actor. Only he could bring so much depth and feeling to that long scene where he tears up remembering his mother’s death.
2) Dominique Rodriguez (Hey Jude): The clincher in this latest act is that he strays away from all existing stereotypes associated with the portrayal of Anglo Indian dads. It’s a terrifically nuanced act where he brings humour, craftiness and emotions in right doses. Jude seems incomplete without his quirky dad.
3) Baby Perumkudy (Ann Maria Kalippilaannu): As a witty, loud-mouthed Kottayam Achayan realtor, Baby Perumkudy did look so run-of-the-mill until that epic scene where he recounts the pain of his lost child. That turned out to be the scene stealer.
4) Muhammed Unni (Loham): He plays a gold smuggler, with a penchant for gambling that also makes him a compulsive stalker; he puts his money on every random person and event. Siddique lends a unique idiosyncrasy to his act. Hilarious.
5) N N Kutty (Kalippattam): He is the typical fake intellectual artist, with a goatee and shabby khadi kurtas. Kutty likes to go off on a tangent about his modern paintings he thinks an average mind is unable to decipher. Siddique brings an affected slang to Kutty, making his act superbly believable and funny.
6) Balachandran (Nandanam): He plays the soft-spoken, pan-chewing elderly Balachandran, who is also in charge of the local temple festivities. But it’s the other side of Balachandran that’s more endearing—of a silent lover who still nurses a crush on Bala, the woman he loved and lost. The scene where he recalls his love with an almost embarrassing restraint is vintage Siddique.
7) Choman (Kannaki): Manickam’s best pal, Choman has a fixation for cock fights. The actor sports a buck tooth, friendly mutton chops moustache and speaks in a peculiar slang, balancing his loud expressions with a rare show of tenderness. Very effective.
8) Velayudhan (Pathemari): There aren’t many scenes for Velayudhan but then Siddique is one actor who can make an impact with just a scene. He is the dhow owner who carries Pallikkal Narayanan and such young men across the seas. Siddique is especially terrific as his character’s older self where he reminds Narayanan about the fickleness of wealth.
9) Venu (Mookilla Rajyathu): He plays one out of the four loony chaps in this comic caper. And he does the job of a two-in-one - as singer and a swashbuckling comedian - with élan.
10) Mathew Sir (CIA): The staunch Kerala Congress ally who must battle a communist son at home. He is superb in various capacities—as a doting dad (especially that scene where he bids his son adieu and that conversation with his girlfriend), as a staunch congress supporter and even as a man with gumption. Check out the scene where he walks into the police station to bail out his son. Super cool!
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