The Ekushey Padak winning director-producer-lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar, who has won the National Film Award in best lyricist category for the sixth time, said that he wants to continue working for the film industry until his death.
In an interview with New Age, the 75-year old lyricist, who has been writing playback songs for more than five decades, talked about winning the award, his observations on the current situation of the local film industry known as Dhallywood, his career and more.
‘I have been writing playbacks for more than five decades and have done whatever best that I can do as an individual for the welfare of the industry. I want to continue working for the industry as long as I live’, said Mazharul Anwar.
Anwar won the National Film Award 2016 in best lyricist category for writing the lyrics of the song Amar mathay jato chul in Nader Chowdhury’s film Meyeti Ekhon Kothay Jabey. Earlier, Anwar won the National Film Award in best lyricist category in 1992, 1996, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
‘The National Film Award is the most prestigious recognition for artistes and I want to thank the authorities for honouring me with the award. I also want to thank the music lovers for supporting me all these years when the industry is experiencing difficult situation,’ said Gazi Mazharul Anwar.
Anwar began his career as a lyricist back in 1963/64 with radio and television. In 1967, he began writing playback songs for films and soon emerged as one of the most successful lyricists with hundreds of fan-favourite songs to his credit.
‘I never thought that I would become a lyricist or work in the film industry. In the beginning no one in my family supported me. However, I was able to convince everyone later on,’ recalled Anwar.
Over the last five decades, Anwar has won the hearts of music lovers with his lyrics which often glorify mother land, rustic life and others. Among his popular patriotic songs are Joy Bangla Banglar joy, Ekbar jete dena, Ektara tui desher kotha and Jonmo amar dhanno holo, while his famous romantic songs include Gaaner khatay swaralipi likhe, Akasher hatey ache, Jar chhaya porechhe, Shudhu gaan geye parichay, Chokher najar emni koira and others.
Anwar, who has been involved in the local film industry for over five decades, has witnessed many ups and downs in the film industry over the last five decades. ‘I have witnessed many ups and downs in the industry. No matter what the odds, dedicated artistes, directors and producers have always continued to work for the betterment of the film industry’, said Anwar.
‘Sadly the industry is going through a difficult time. Divisions and infightings among the artistes are hampering the progress of the industry. I, however, hope that the crises will end at the hands of the young, educated and talented filmmakers and actors who are making their entry in the industry,’ said Anwar.
Besides being a celebrated lyricist, Anwar has directed and produced more than 30 films including Shasti, Khuda, Samor, Amma, Jibaner Golpo and others.
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