Salim Ahmed Ghoush better known by his stage name Cochin HANEEFA (Malayalam: കൊച്ചിന് ഹനീഫ) was an Indian film actor, director, and screenwriter. He started his career in the 1970's as a villain and turned to be one of most the popular comedians of Malayalam film industry.
He has done more than 300 films in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi. As a filmmaker he was critically acclaimed for the melodrama Valtsalyam (1993). Haneefa died in Chennai on 2 February 2010 after being diagonised with chronic liver cancer.
He was a comic member of the famed "Cochin Kalabhavan Troupe" whose members include Bindhu Panicker, Jayaram,Kalabhavan Mani and Harisree Asokan. He made his film debut in 1979 in a small role in "Ashtavakran" and went on to act in over 300 films in malayalam. He has also acted in over 80 Tamil Films- the most popular being Mahanadi.