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Mashiuddin Shaker and Sheikh Niamat Ali, two film society movement activists, struck the international arena with their maiden venture Surja Dighal Badi. The movie was based on a popular novel written by Abu Ishaq that deals with the downtrodden rural people and their constant struggle to survive in a hostile environment in the '50s. Surja Dighal Badi bagged five international awards, including Mennheim Film Festival, Portugal Film Society. It was also the first movie made with government grant.
Released in 1979, Kazi Hayat's The Father depicted the heartfelt story of the relationship between a foreigner and his adopted Bangalee daughter, played by Shuchorita. The movie was critically acclaimed for it's unorthodox story line and a major attraction of the movie was the use of a father-daughter duet, Aye khuku aye, immortalised by legendary artiste Hemanta Mukhopadhyay.
In 1966, director Salahuddin made Roopban, a movie based on a familiar folktale. Roopban was already a popular jatra (open house folk theatre) before the movie was even made. The movie became a huge hit and started a new genre in Bangla movies based on folktales, which boosted our folk culture. The story of the movie focused on of all things, the 'Oedipus complex'. Shujata played the lead role in the movie
In 1977's National Film Award, Shabana was selected by the jury as the best actress in a non-lead role for her performance in the movie, Jononi. The actress, however, refused the award for reasons best known to her.
Courtesy: Bangladesher Cholochchitrer Itihash by Anupam Hayat