Monday 13 September 2021 9:32 PM UTC
KOCHI Sept 13: Rizabawa, noted Malayalee actor who is best known for his role as John Honai in the 1990 Malayalam film In Harihar Nagar passed away on Monday 13th September 2021.
He had been under treatment for various ailments including diabetes and was put on ventilator support last week.
Rizabawa is the son of late K E Muhammed Ismael and Sainaba Ismael. He is survived by wife Jameela Beevi, daughter Firuza Sahal and son-in-law Sahal.
He was popular in villainous roles in the 1990s.
Rizabawa started his career in theatre. Even though Rizabawa played the hero in his debut film Dr. Pasupathy directed by Shaji Kailas, his first noticed role in Malayalam films was from the director Duo Siddique-Lal in the movie In Harihar Nagar.
His role John Honai became a big time hit and is still one of the golden characters of Malayalam cinema loved by the audience for the villan nature.
He later moved into the small-screen industry, acting in a number of Malayalam serials.
He continued to be a villain in many other films, including Irikku MD Akathundu, Vakkeel Vasudev, Thiruthalvaadi, and Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji.
Later in his career, Rizabawa acted in the Malayalam film industry in supporting roles.
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