A couple of months back, when I was in chennai, my father came down for some work. He went out somewhere in the afternoon and when he came back in the evening, he was looking a little disturbed. When asked, he told me : “I went to SRMC [sri ramachandra medical college] with mammootty to meet haneefa. His health isn’t looking very good.”
Later on, after a few days when I asked him about haneef uncle s health, he told me its better. But yesterday evening, right before I had a meeting with an aspiring actor, I got a msg like this: “nammude priyappetta eldo ini nammalodoppamilla. Our great haneefa passed away.”
It was shocking. But then, I had to focus on my meeting. I covered up my emotional side for a while, tried my best to make this actor as comfortable as possible, so that he would give me good results in front of my mobile camera [it was an unofficial audition]. But right after I left his hotel room, I called up a media person to find out about the situation. He told me that the body had already been taken away from chennai. I missed seeing him for one last time.
So many things are flashing through my mind right now.
Jagadish uncle [actor] making up stories about him, making all of us laugh, during a trip to dubai, when haneef uncle was right beside;
me and my family having lunch in his house in chennai [long time back], when my father and haneef uncle would laugh so loud, cracking jokes one after the other;
while shooting for cycle, the conversation I had with him about rajanikanth [he was telling me his experience working in Sivaji];
a flight journey I shared with him – this can go on….
Sri Cochin Haneefa will live in our hearts. Its mourning day for all of us. Lets pray for his family.