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An actor etched in collective thoughts

Ekushey Padak and Nationwide Movie Award successful actor ATM Shamsuzzaman handed away at 9:00pm yesterday at his Sutrapur residence.

He was 79 years previous.

The information was confirmed by SA Haque Olik, common secretary, Bangladesh Administrators’ Guild.

Shamsuzzaman was hospitalised after affected by respiratory issues.

He was taken to Asgar Ali Hospital in Gendaria on February 17 for some assessments earlier than being admitted to the ICU. He had examined destructive for Covid-19 and returned dwelling from hospital on Friday.

Abu Taher Md Shamsuzzaman was born on September 10, 1941, in Noakhali’s Doulatpur — his maternal grandfather’s residence.

He grew up in Outdated Dhaka’s Debendranath Das lane and studied in Pogose faculty, the place he befriended fellow actor Prabir Mitra, earlier than finishing his HSC from Mymensingh Metropolis Excessive College. He accomplished his increased research in Jagannath School.

“I’m bodily unwell,” stated Prabir Mitra. “I’m in shock. He was one in every of my dearest buddies.”

ATM Shamsuzzaman began his profession as assistant director to Udayan Chowdhury, a famend title on the time, for the movie “Bishkonna”. Though he surfaced as an actor in 1965 in numerous comedian roles, his first notable efficiency that shot him to fame was in Amzad Hossain’s “Noyonmoni” (1976).

In a profession spanning over six a long time, he delivered wonderful performances in “Surja Dighal Bari” (1979), “Dayee Ke?” (1987), “Madam Fuli” (1999), “Churiwala” (2001), “Mon Boshena Porar Desk E” (2009) and “Chorabali” (2012), amongst many others.

His efficiency as Begaar Ali in Chashi Nazrul Islam’s Liberation Struggle-based movie, “Ora Egaro Jon”, will probably be celebrated for generations to return.

ATM Shamsuzzaman’s portrayal of the character Mondol in “Golapi Ekhon Prepare E” (1978) earned him appreciation each at dwelling and overseas, together with the Moscow Worldwide Movie Competition. His function of Kodom Ali in Aftab Khan Tulu’s “Dayee Ke?” (1987) earned him a Nationwide Movie Award.

In his illustrious profession, he carried out in additional than 300 movies.

“He had all of the qualities that an actor ought to,” stated eminent actor Babita, who shared the display screen with him in “Golapi Ekhon Prepare E” and “Noyonmoni”.

“It’s heartbreaking to listen to of this loss.”

Famend actor and Member of Parliament Akbar Hossain Pathan Farooque labored with ATM Shamsuzzaman in lots of tasks.

“I used to be simply considering right this moment [yesterday] that I ought to name him,” he stated.

“Sadly, I can by no means name him once more. He was a minimize above legendary — he may grasp any function at will. One other admirable factor about him was that he completely balanced household and profession.”

“All of the gifted names within the trade are leaving us,” stated actor Salma Begum Sujata.

“ATM Shamsuzzaman was a person of many abilities, however extra importantly, he was a gem of an individual.”

Moreover movies, his memorable tasks on tv embody “Ronger Manush”, “Bhober Haat”, “Goru Chor”, “Ghor Kutum”, “Noashal”, “Pita Putro” and “Sinduk Nama”, amongst many others.

“He was obsessed together with his work,” stated Suchanda, who labored with him in lots of productions and likewise directed the Shamsuzzaman-starrer movie “Hajar Bochor Dhore.”

“I felt honoured to have the ability to work with him.”

“He was incomparable as an individual,” stated famend actor Anwara. “I’m extraordinarily harm by the information of his passing. I’m praying for his departed soul.”

Veteran actor Abul Hayat stated, “I’d name him Khokon Bhai or generally Khokon Da. We misplaced such soul.”

Other than them, actors Sohel Rana, Tariq Anam Khan, Salahuddin Lavlu, Masum Reza additionally recollected their reminiscences with him and prayed for his departed soul.

ATM Shamsuzzaman’s pairing with famous thespian Salahuddin for his directorial debut “Molla Barir Bou” (2005), for which he additionally wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues, was an immediate hit.

He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2015 and received the Nationwide Movie Award 5 instances for his excellent performances.

In line with his last needs, his physique was not taken to the Bangladesh Movie Improvement Company or to the Shaheed Minar.

He was laid to relaxation on the Jurain Graveyard, after his Namaz-e-Janaza at Narinda Pir Shaheb Mosque after Zuhr prayers.

He left behind his spouse, Runy Begum, three daughters and a son.

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