Famous Malayalam entertainer Rizabawa, who was experiencing kidney diseases, died at a private clinic here on Monday 13th Sept 2021. While Rizabawa made his introduction in the 1990 Shaji Kailas-film Dr.Pasupathy, his most memorable role was that of the reprobate John Hanoi in the well-known satire In Harihar Nagar. The actor had gone on to play several prominent villain characters – working in over 120 films – in the 1990s and 2000s, before moving to serials. Rizabawa began his profession in the theater.
He won the Kerala State Award for Best Dubbing Artist in 2010 for Karmayogi, a Hamlet transformation helmed by VK Prakash. His last film was the 2021 political show One, with Mammootty leading the pack.
Rizabawa essayed the role of villains with ease but also excelled in playing the hero, as well as in comedy roles. Mourning the entertainer’s passing, expert chief Shaji Kailas, who coordinated Rizabawa’s introduction film, said he was an extremely peaceful character and was not difficult to work with.
“We used to regularly speak and spoke very recently also. His bowing out so young is difficult to come to terms with… I have lost a good friend and above all a very good human being,” he said. Veteran entertainer and character entertainer, and Malayalam entertainers body AMMA’s previous boss, Innocent, who assumed a vital part in Rizabawa’s introduction film, said: “Even though we all will react to the news of a colleague passing away with words like unexpected, sad, and whatnot, I am genuinely feeling deeply sad. He was a genuinely very nice person and above all someone who was very quiet and did his work with a lot of passion. We will all miss him,” he said.
Sympathies have begun to pour in from different sections of Kerala society.