The Malalaylam film fraternity is shell-shocked by the news of the death of actor and mimicry artist Abi on Thursday. The artist, who has acted in more than 50 films, was the brain behind parody and mimicry cassettes which were a revolutionary trendsetter in Malayalam comedy.
Recalling his association with Abi, actor Siddique said, "He was a super star in mimicry. It is unfortunate that he could not carve a place for himself in filmdom. His departure is not just a loss for the film industry in Kerla but a personal loss for me."
Actor Prem Kumar said the he was in shock after hearing the news of the actor's death. Remembering a friend of all time, he said, "Abi was a person who used to maintain cordial relationship with friends. However, he used to harbor a pain for not being able to make a big impact in the filed of cinema. He cherished his son Shane Nigam making a big launch in cinema.
"His role of Amina Thatha in the film Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar was a huge success and that a trailblazer in the field of comedy cassettes," he said.
Actor Tiny Tom said, "We belong to a generation which grew up watching artists like Abi. He never had any habits like alcoholism or smoking but I don't know why he was afflicted illness. We never knew that he was suffering from a deadly disease."