Renowned actor Tele Samad, known for his outstanding acting as a comedian, passed away on Saturday at Square Hospital in Dhaka.
Tele Samad, whose real name was Abdus Samad, was 74. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
He breathed his last around 1:30pm on Saturday, confirmed Bangladesh Film Artistes’ Association general secretary Zayed Khan.
‘Tele Samad had been suffering from old-age complications for the past few years. In recent times, he had undergone treatments at different hospitals. He was hospitalised twice in October and November last year,’ said Zayed Khan.
Samad had a bypass surgery in the USA in 2017. Samad returned to Bangladesh in September the same year after recovery. The actor was hospitalised on December 4 with difficulty in food ingestion due to low count of platelet in his blood, according to UNB. He was undergoing treatment at the high dependency unit of Square Hospital.
Tele Samad’s first namaz-e-janaza was held after the Magrhib prayer at West Razabazar mosque and a second namaj-e-janaza was held at Mogbazar.
His body will be taken to Bangladesh Film Development Corporation at 11:00am today where his colleagues will pay tribute to him, informed Tele Samad’s daughter Sohela Samad.
His body will be then taken to his birthplace in Munshiganj where he will be buried at his family graveyard today, added Sohela Samad.
A fan-favourite comedian, Abdus Samad was born in Munshiganj in January 8, 1945. He adopted the name Tele Samad when he entered the film industry. Samad made his silver debut with Nazrul Islam’s Kaar Bou in 1973.
Samad studied at the then fine arts institute, now faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University, and had a passion for music. He was the music director of the film Mona Pagla. Tele Samad’s fame skyrocketed after Amzad Hossain’s Nayanmoni was released.
Samad has acted in around 600 films and lent his voice as a playback singer to around 60 films. Films like Sujan Sakhi, Golapi Ekhan Trene, Paye Chalar Path, Nagardola, Matir Ghar, Natun Bou and others earned him a place in Bangladesh’s movie industry.
Samad was the most sought after name throughout the 1970s and early 80s as he stood for a kind of comic relief that defined the spirit of his times.
The last film he acted in was Animesh Aich’s Zero Degree in 2015.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the renowned actor and comedian, said UNB.
In a condolence message, she prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.
President M Abdul Hamid also condoled the death of country’s noted comedian saying ‘people of the country will recall his contribution to the fields of film and drama for long,’ according to BSS.
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