Vol. 5 Num 988 Sun. March 11, 2007  

Remembering Rosy Afsari
Departure of a thespian

Film actress Rosy Afsari died Friday, March 9 at Birdem Hospital in the city of kidney failure. She was 60.

A prolific actress of a period that is often referred to as the 'golden era' of Bangladeshi cinema, she is best known for her roles in films like Shurjo Grahan, Shurjo Shangram, Jibon Thekey Neya and Titas Ekti Nadir Naam. Her performances in films targeted towards a more mature audience were highly praised. Her unique presence was often the main object of interest in these films.

Rosy started her film career in 1964 with the film Eito Jibon. In her career spanning over four decades, Rosy has acted in over 200 films. Some of her hit films are Sangam, Joarbhata, Etotuku Asha, Neel Akasher Nichey, Lathial, Oshikkhito, Bela Shesher Gaan, Protikar and many others. She appeared in a major role in Zahir Raihan's Sangam, the first colour feature film in the then Pakistan.

With her inimitable presence on the screen, she made decisive contributions to the films in which she appeared. She acted in many successful films that combined drama, light-hearted emotions and social messages.

She also produced and directed a number of films. She scooped several national film awards in her career.

She may have secluded herself from the sliver screen years ago, due to predominance of obscenity in the film industry, but the spirit of her performance in films like Jibon Thekey Neya and Titas Ekti Nodir Naam will always keep her memory alive in the psyche of generations of cine-goers.

The Culture Desk of The Daily Star mourns the untimely demise of the prolific actress.