National Award-winning Malayalam scriptwriter TA Razzaq passed away in Kochi on Monday. The death reportedly occurred at a private hospital where he was undergoing treatment for liver-related problem for over a month. He was 58.
Razzaq’s film career began in the late 80s, when he started working as an assistant director for the film ‘Dhwani’. Later, he took to scriptwriting. As a scriptwriter, his notable films include ‘Kaanaakkinaavu’, ‘Ghazal’, ‘Perumazhakalam’, ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’ and ‘Thalolam’. ‘Kaanaakkinaavu’ was a national Award winning film. This year, he had turned to direction with ‘Moonnaam Naal Njaayarazhcha’, a film that took an in-depth look into religious conversions.
B. Unnikrishnan, scenarist and general secretary of Film Employees Federation of Kerala, said that Razzaq’s body will be kept at Kozhikode Town Hall on Tuesday morning and would later be taken to Moyinkutty Vaidyar memorial in Kondotty. The body will be buried at Juma Masjid in Thurakkal, Malappuram Tuesday afternoon.
His film ‘Kaanaakkinaavu’, directed by Sibi Malayil in 1997, had won him State awards for best story and screenplay. The film had also bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, along with other Malayalam film actors including Mohanlal, Mammootty, Jayaram and Manju Warrier, expressed condolence messages through their social media pages.
Pinarayi Vijayan wrote on his official Facebook page, “I am deeply saddened by the demise of TA Razzaq. He death is a great loss for the Malayalam entertainment industry. I express my heartfelt condolences to his family members [translated from Malayalam].”
His last film was Kalabhavan Mani-starrer ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’, for which he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Story. He has also received the Kerala state awards for three other movies, including ‘Kanaaakkinaavu’ and ‘Perumazhakkalam’.
The news about his death was concealed for the successful ‘running’ of ‘Mohanam-2016’, a star-night programme organized in Kozhikode as a tribute to Mollywood superstar Mohanlal on Independence Day.
Razzaq’s brother T.A. Shahid, who was also a scriptwriter in Malayalam film industry, had died in 2012.