Ekushey Padak and National Film Award winning actor-filmmaker Amjad Hossain passed away on Friday noon at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok.
Hossain was 76 and is survived by two sons and wife.
He breathed his last at 2:57pm in Bangladesh time, informed Hossain’s son Sajjad Hossain Dodul.
Hossain was undergoing treatment at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok since November 27. Earlier he was on life support at a local hospital for over ten days after he had suffered a stroke on November 18.
President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor expressed deep shock at the death of the eminent filmmaker through separate condolence messages.
The filmmaker was admitted to the hospital after he suffered a stroke on November 18 and was taken to Bangkok on November 27. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the responsibility of expenses of Hossain’s treatment, said Directors’ Guild general secretary SA Haq Aliq.
Decisions on Hossain’s namaj-e-janaza and burial would follow only after the arrival of his body, added Aliq.
Born on 14 August, 1942 in Jamalpur, Amjad Hossain started writing rhymes and poems at an early age. He also wrote short stories, children’s stories and novels.
He started his career in film as an actor in 1963. Later, he established himself as a director.
Hossain directed many acclaimed films including Golapi Ekhon Trainey (1978), Sundori (1979), Koshai (1980), Jonmo Theke Jolchhi (1982), Dui Poysar Alta (1982), Bhat Dey (1984), Golapi Ekhon Dhakay (2006) and Golapi Ekhon Bilatey (2010).
He won National Film Award in different categories such as best director, best producer, best story, best dialogue, best screenplay and best lyricist.
Besides, he received many awards including Ekushey Padak (1992), Bangla Academy Literary Award (2004), Uro Shishu Shahitya Puroshkar (2008) and Fazlul Haque Memorial Award (2009).
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