Today is the second death anniversary of the late filmmaker Chashi Nazrul Islam, who earned popularity by making critically and popularly acclaimed films including those on the 1971 Liberation War.
Chashi Nazrul Islam Foundation and several other organisations will observe the day through programmes at his ancestral home at Sreenagar, Munshiganj.
Chashi Nazrul Islam (October 23, 1941 - January 11, 2015) made his debut as director through the epoch-making war film Ora Egaro Jon in 1972 – the first film on the 1971 war and also the first feature film released after the independence of the country.
For his long service to the film industry, he won a number of awards and accolades including the Ekushey Padak in 1994.
He directed 22 films and won the National Film Award twice as best director in 1986 and 1997.
Chashi, however, began his artistic career in the radio in 1965. He directed and gave voice-over to many radio dramas such as Ramer Sumoti (1965), Socrates (1966) and Sokhina Birongona (1974).
He started his career in the visual media in 1964 with Bangladesh Television. He worked as an assistant to director Obaidur Rahman in the film Dui Digonto. He also assisted Fateh Lohani in another film before he participated in the war of liberation in 1971.
After the independence, he made Ora Egaro Jon, which remains his most famous work.
Among his other popular films are Chandranath, Shuvoda, Hangor Nodi Grenade, Padma Meghna Jamuna, Biroho Betha, Devdas, Shilpy, Miya Bhai, Hason Raja and Megher Porey Megh.
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