A popular filmmaker dropped Shane Nigam from his project just because he could not afford him – insider news was he did not want to spend much on a newcomer. The news leaked to the Malayalam movie industry was that Abi was demanding high remuneration for his son, who was just Kismath old.
However, rumor mills could not keep Shane Nigam off from action. His talent fetched him movies from better banners, which worked well in the box office.
Shane's roles were received pats from critics and movie buffs alike. This was not the success of Shane the actor alone. A big chunk of the credit should go to Abi, the manager, also.
By the time Abi, who was denied stardom by the industry, returned to launch Shane as a lead actor, he had studied the place and people like the back of his hand. When superstars gathered best names in the industry to launch their wards, Abi chose a low-profile content-oriented Kismath, directed by debutant director Shanavas K Bavakkutty, for Shane's first as lead man. Irfan of Kistmath, that kept Shane in his comfort zone, was tailor-made to work.
Before introducing Shane to Irfan, Abi seasoned his son in small roles under big names like Rajeev Ravi, Amal Neerad, Sameer Thahir, and Pramod Payyannur -a move most of the stars avoided.
Abi, who knew about his illness, made sure that Shane was not considered as another star kid even while crafting his career in a hurry. By the time Antony Sony's C/o Saira Banu came out, Shane was an independent star, who was wanted by the likes of Shaji N Karun and Dileesh Pothan.
On Thursday, November 30, 2017, Abi left as a proud father of Shane Nigam, one of the best in the new generation of Malayalam movie stars.