Actor Rizabawa passes away

Kochi: Actor Rizabawa, best known for his role as John Honai in the 1990 Malayalam film In Harihar Nagar passed away here on Monday. He was being treated at a private hospital for kidney related ailments. He was 55.

He made his acting debut with the film Dr Pasupathy directed by Shaji Kailas. But he got his big break with 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 villainous nature.

Rizabawa then acted in over 100 films, mostly as villain, in the 1990s.He won the Kerala state film award for the Best Dubbing Artist in 2010 for the film Karmayogi.

He later moved into the small-screen industry, acting in a number of Malayalam serials.