Today is the 78th birth anniversary of late eminent filmmaker Chashi Nazrul Islam.
He was born on October 23, 1941, at Shomoshpur village in Sreenagar Upazila of Munshiganj to Mosleh Uddin Khan and Shayesta Khanom. His father was a service holder at Jamshedpur, India. After the death of his father, Chashi had no option but to take a job at the age of 16 as he was the eldest among his four brothers and three sisters and had responsibilities to take care of.
He got a job at his uncle’s office and at the same time he was involved with a theatre troupe named Krishti Sangha.
Film director Fateh Lohani casted him for a minor role in Asiya in 1961. Later Chashi Nazrul Islam got the chance to work as an assistant director to Obaidul Huq in the film Dui Diganto in 1964.
He started to work for radio programs in 1965. He directed and voiced radio dramas including Ramer Sumoti (1965), Socrates (1966) and Sokhina Birongona (1974).
Soon after the independence of Bangladesh, Chashi made his debut film Ora Egaro Jon. In 1974, he made another war-based film Sangram. But, Chashi became famous to the masses for his third film Devdas (1982) based on Sharat Chandra’s novel of the same title that is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Bangla literature.
Chashi also made a few hit films like Chandranath, Shuvoda, Hangor Nodi Grenade, Padma Meghna Jamuna, Biroho Betha, Devdas, Shilpy, Hason Raja, Megher Porey Megh and others.
During his life time Chashi Nazrul Islam directed 22 Bangla feature films.
For his contribution in the film industry he has received many prestigious awards including National Film Awards (1987 and 1997), Ekushey Padak (2004), Bachsas Awards (1974) Bachsas Lifetime Achievement Awards (2009), Zahir Raihan Lifetime Achievement Award (2003) and others.
At the age of 73, Chashi Nazrul Islam died of liver cancer at the Labaid Hospital in Dhaka on January 11, 2015.
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