Vol. 5 Num 1088 Sat. June 23, 2007  

Zahir Raihan and Alamgir Kabir remembered

To pay homage to the film legends of the country -- Zahir Raihan and Alamgir Kabir -- Department of Theatre and Film, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a two-day programme at the National Theatre Stage. Besides discussions, two films -- Anwara, directed by Raihan and Shurjokonya, directed by Alamgir Kabir -- were screened.

On the first day (June 20) of the programme, a discussion on Zahir Raihan was held. His once associate, filmmaker Amjad Hossain was the key speaker of the discussion. Chief guest at the programme was Khurshid Alam, secretary of Ministry of Post and Telecommunications. The discussion was chaired by the Director General of BSA, Quamrul Hassan, ndc.

Discussants pointed out that litterateur-filmmaker Zahir Raihan was a pioneer in our cinema. Starting his career in 1956, Raihan had several prolific and critically acclaimed films to his credit, including Kancher Deyal, Jiban Theke Neya, Anwara, Sangam and Bahana. He started working on a film (in English) Let There Be Light, which he could not finish as the Liberation War broke out. After March 25, 1971, he went to Calcutta and made a documentary film Stop Genocide, highlighting the massacre carried out by the Pakistani Army.

The discussion was followed by screening Anwara, starring Razzaq and Shuchonda.

On the following day (June 21), a discussion was held on renowned filmmaker Alamgir Kabir. The discussion was presided over by the director of the department of Theatre and Film Abul Kamal Shafi Ahmed. Theatre personality Professor Momotazuddin Ahmed, a friend of Kabir, was the key discussant at the programme. Zafar Ahmed Chowdhury, secretary of Planning Commission, Bangladesh Government was the chief guest. ANM Badrul Amin, the managing director of Film Development Corporation (FDC) also spoke at the programme.Claiming Kabir as one of the best filmmakers of the country, discussants said that, after the Liberation of Bangladesh, Kabir made a number of feature films that set a standard, yet to be matched. Some of his most memorable films are Dhire Bahe Meghna, Shurjokonya, Shimana Periey, Rupali Shaikate, Mohona, Mahanayok and Parinita. Kabir also made a good numbers of short films.

After the discussion, Shurjokonya was screened. Jaisree Kabir, Rajasree Bose and Bulbul Ahmed played the central characters in the film.

Shuchnda and co-artiste in Anwara (left) & Rajasree Bose and Bulbul Ahmed in Shurjokonya (right)