Malayalis are still mourning the sudden demise of actor – mimicry artist Abi. The Malayalam film industry fondly remembers Abi as a friendly soul who never nursed any grudge at anybody. He was a true artist who never went seeking a chance in films, and didn’t even complain a bit when opportunities that he truly deserved eluded him. Shereef, Abi’s close friend had posted an emotional and heartfelt message on Facebook about the moments he spent with the actor on 29-11-2017, just a day before Abi breathed his last at a private hospital in Kochi.
Shereef in his Facebook post said that Abi’s final show was inside his car where he had performed for his friend. Abi had called up Shereef on November 29 and asked him to accompany him to Kayapuram in Cherthala to see a ‘vaidyan’ (local doctor practicing ayurveda) to buy some medicines. Shereef remembers telling Abi to consult another doctor at a different hospital if ayurvedic medicines were not effective. Abi then said that he would probably go to America for treatment if he didn’t get better.
Shereef says that Abi was confident that he will be completely cured of his illness with the ayurvedic treatment at Cherthala. He recalled that Abi had been unusually frank that day and talked about a lot of things during the car journey, including his mimicry career that has spanned over three decades and also shared his hopes about his son and upcoming actor Shane Nigam. “He kept telling that he had no complaints about anything or anybody”, said Shereef.
“He had imitated many actors that day in the car during our journey; he was at his humorous best and made me laugh a lot. Never did I think that those would be would be the final acts of the ‘Sultan of mimicry.’ wrote an emotional Shereef.
Shereef remembered the parting words of Abi when he said it was such a happy trip he had made in a long time. Abi had also instructed Shereef to pick him for another journey the next morning.
Shereef wrote, “I attended the call from Abikka’s number the next day, and wished. But from other end I heard a whimpering voice that said ‘Abikka is no more’, and then followed a heartbreaking wail. I couldn’t believe my ears and was in a state of utter shock. At that moment I could only feel my eyes welling up. Abikka, why did you leave us forever after you told me that we had to be somewhere else that day. All this younger brother can give in return is the honest prayer for your successful life in the other world.”
The emotionally charged Facebook post by Abi’s friend has since gone viral on social media.