Sagar Shiyas
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Popular mimicry artiste and Malayalam actor Sagar Shiyas passed away on Thursday, Aug. 11 at a private hospital in Chottanikkara. He was 50. The comedian, who hails from Muvattupuzha, was undergoing treatment for liver-related ailments for quite some days now. 

Filmmaker and comedian Nadhirshah shared the news via his Facebook page. "Oru sahoadarankoodi yaathraparanju (ACTOR SAGAR SHIYAS PASSED AWAY ) [sic]," he posted on his social media page.

It has to be noted that Sagar had appeared in a cameo role in the filmmaker's debut Malayalam movie "Amar Akbar Anthony" in which he had a combination scene with young star Prithviraj Sukumaran. Sagar, who is known for his mimicry performances, has also made his presence in Malayalam movies "Manjadikkuru" and "Bangalore Days," among many others.

Bartosz Czarnotta

Actor and mimicry artist Sagar Shiyas passed away... Such a terrible year for Malayalam film industry :(:(

Sagar Shiyas death
Sagar Shiyas deathMadhu Wariar/Facebook

Salil Sankaran 

I remember waiting for his antics as Superstar Rajini in Cinemala episodes. His performance in Manjadikuru made us invite him for a brief role in Kohinoor. He had very less screen space, but despite health issues, he added few mannerisms and genuine humour to the character. You may leave us, but your performances will remain. RIP Sagar Shiyas :-(


2016 seems to be a bad year for Mollywood as many talented artistes of the industry bid goodbye this year. Actors Kalabhavan Mani, Jishnu Raghavan, Sudhakaran, Kalpana, Kollam GK Pillai, R Govinda Pillai aka Kochaniyan, directors Saji Paravoor, Mohanroop, Rajesh Pillai, Sasi Sankar, writer Akbar Kakkattil, music director Rajamani, singer Manoj Krishnan, cinematographer Anandakuttan, scriptwriter VR Gopalakrishnan, lyricist ONV Kurup, mimicry artiste Subhash Kollam and dramatist Kavalam Narayana Panicker are few among the notable personalities who left the world this year.

Check out some videos of Sagar Shiyas' mimicry performances and interviews here: