Today is the 61st anniversary of birthday of the late filmmaker Tareque Masud, who is considered to be one of the pioneers of the new wave of filmmaking in Bangladesh in the 1990s.
Marking the day, a birth anniversary celebration programme will be held at Tareque’s place of birth at Bhanga in Faridpur on Friday.
Tareque’s mother Nurunnahar Masud will inaugurate the programme organised by little magazine Madule.
It will feature discussion and recitation of poems at Bhanga upazila complex auditorium on Friday, said Madule editor Arobindo Chakraborty.
One of the most significant and influential filmmakers in the history of Bangladesh, Masud’s contribution to the film industry is manifold and far-reaching.
Born on December 6 in 1956 in Faridpur, Tareque Masud got involved with the film society movement in the late 1970s. He made his first film Adam Surat, a documentary on the legendary artist SM Sultan, in 1989.
In 1995, he along with his wife Catherine Masud made the highly acclaimed feature-length documentary on the war of independence titled Muktir Gaan, which attained the stature of a cult classic in the subsequent years.
His full-length feature film Matir Moyna, addressing the Bangali-Muslim identity crisis, brought him international recognition. The film, co-directed by his widow, won one of the top awards at a special event called the Directors’ Fortnight at the International Critics’ Week that ran alongside the main festival in the city of Cannes in Southern France.
It also participated in the OSCARS as the first Bangladeshi film in the same year.
He again approached the identity issue, from an entirely different angle this time, in his 2006 acclaimed film Ontorjatra (Inner Journey).
In his last feature, Runaway, Tareque revisited another of his favourite issues – the growing trend of fundamentalism and intolerance in the country.
Besides the features, the filmmaker has a number of critically acclaimed documentaries including Muktir Kotha (Words of Freedom) (1999), Narir Kotha (Women and War) (2000), Kansater Pothey (2008), and Naroshundor (The Barbershop) (2009) to his credit.
Tareque Masud was also the co-founder of an alternative filmmakers’ forum in Dhaka and ultimately became the central figure of alternative cine movement in Bangladesh.
He died in 2011 in a road accident along with his four colleagues while returning Dhaka from a shooting location in Manikganj.
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