The BACHSAS Awards for the last five years were conferred by Bangladesh Cine Journalist Association at a programme held at the auditorium of Bangladesh Film Archive in Agargaon on Friday.
The award, which was first introduced in the 1970s, is one of the oldest and most prestigious award in the country that recognises artistes for their excellence in the film industry.
Though the award is given annually, the organisation did not hold the award programme from 2014-2018. Hence they decided to hand out the due awards for five years at the programme, which also marked the association’s golden jubilee.
The ceremony commenced with a speech from the association’s president Abdur Rahman as he stated, ‘It was a rather difficult task for us, collecting all the names of the people behind the movies made in the last five years. The selection process was even harder. Although in the end, the jury board was able to make a list. If there is no clear database with contact details of the cast and crew members of movies in the future, it will be impossible to hand out these awards.’
Information minister Hasan Mahmud distributed the awards as the chief guest at the programme.
The speech was followed by the distribution of Emeritus Awards which was awarded to five individuals for their life long contributions to the movie industry including actor Syed Hasan Imam, singer Sabina Yasmin, noted actress Suchanda, owner of Lion Cinema Hall Mirza Abdul Khalek and managing director of Channel-i Faridur Reza Sagor.
Veteran actor turned director Alamgir was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award.
‘I will keep making films as long as I am alive. I plead to the people of Bangladesh to return to cinema halls as now-a-days the quality of Bangla cinema is getting better. There are several ways to love your country and through supporting Bangladeshi cinemas, you are making a huge contribution,’ said Alamgir.
Following which, the awards from 2014-2018 were announced. The awards were given in ten categories including Best Film, Actor, Actress, Singer (male and female), Cinematographer, Music Composer, Director, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. A total of fifty awards were presented on the night.
The Best Film Awards between 2014- 2018 were presented to Desha: The Leader (2014), Poddo Patar Jol (2015), Oggyatonama (2016), Rajneeti (2017) and Debi (2018).
The Best Actor Awards went to Ferdous (Ek Cup Cha, 2014), Arifin Shuvo (Chuye Dile Mon, 2015), Chanchal Chowdhury (Aynabaji, 2016), Shakib Khan (Shotta, 2017) and Siam (Dohon, 2018). While the Best Actress Awards went to Mahiya Mahi (Desha:The Leader,2014), Biddya Sinha Mim (Poddo Patar Jol,2015), Masuma Rahman Nabila (Aynabaji,2016), Nusrat Imroz Tisha (Halda,2017) and Jaya Ahsan (Debi,2018).
The Best Director Awards went to Shoikot Nasir (Desha: The Leader, 2014), Morshedul Islam (Anil Bagchir Ekdin, 2015), Tauquir Ahmed (Oggyatonama, 2016), Hasibur Reza Kollol (Shotta, 2017) and Anam Biswas (Debi, 2018).
The star studded event came alive with dance and musical performances in between intervals.
The list of performers included Shakib Khan, prominent actress Apu Biswas, the young starlets Siam and Puja Cherry and singers Akhi Alamgir and Asif Akbar.
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