Geedha Salam dead

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A talented artiste who was denied his rightful place in cinema, say colleagues

Actor Geedha Salam (Abdul Salam) died in Alappuzha on Wednesday. He was 73.

He had been undergoing treatment for respiratory ailments and he died at the Government Medical College Hospital, Alappuzha. The funeral will be held at Vadakke Juma Masjid Kabarsthan, Oachira, at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Geedha Salam, a native of Memana, near Oachira, launched his acting career in theatre at the age of 19. His first film was Purappadu (1983). He also played significant roles in Meghasandesam, Vellimoonga, Malabar Wedding, Kochi Rajavu, Jalolsavam, Gramophone and so on. His last release was Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare. He also acted in television serials.

He is survived by wife Rahma Beevi and sons Shafeer Mohammed and Shan Mohammed.

Jibu Jacob, director of Vellimoonga and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, says he wanted the actor to play a key role in his next film. “When I made my debut, I offered him a small but important role. He was a great actor and a wonderful human being. I think the industry did not offer him a position he deserved,” he says.

Jose Thomas, who associated with the actor in films such as Meenakshikalyanam and Sringaravelan, says he belonged to the band of genuine actors. “He used to deliver beyond our expectations, especially when he was doing comedy characters,” he says.

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