Filmmaker Alamgir Kabir remembered

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jan 22,2020


Moviyana Film Society organises a programme marking Alamgir Kabir’s 31st death anniversary at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday. — Abdullah Apu

Late eminent filmmaker Alamgir Kabir was remembered at a programme held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.

The event titled ‘Alamgir Kabir Smaron Ebong Alochona’ was organised by Moviyana Film Society marking Alamgir Kabir’s 31st death anniversary.

Film researcher and writer Anupam Hayat delivered the Alamgir Kabir Memorial Lecture while journalist Rafiquzzaman, journalist leader Mahmuda Chowdhury and Moviyana Film Society president Balayat Hossain Mamun spoke on the occasion.

Anupam Hayat shared his memories of Alamgir Kabir and spoke on his life and works.

‘Alamgir Kabir always tried to portray the history of the liberation war in his films. He loved to experiment with new ideas. He was the first local filmmaker who incorporated documentary footages in feature films where he portrayed the scenic beauty and people of rural Bengal. He also used fixed frame for the first time,’ said Anupam Hayat.

‘Alamgir Kabir inspired many to pursue filmmaking. The experiments and progress we saw in the post-independence film industry were greatly influenced by him,’ Anupam added.

While recalling Alamgir Kabir, Rafiquzzaman said, ‘Kabir made ground-breaking films. I worked with him as an assistant director in a film after the liberation war. Today’s filmmakers should follow in his footsteps.’

Alamgir Kabir was born on December 26, 1938, in Rangamati. He studied at Dhaka University and Oxford University.

While in England, he got involved with the Communist Party of England and became a reporter of the Communist Party’s newspaper, the Daily Worker. As a reporter of the communist daily, he took interview of the late Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Alamgir Kabir came back to Dhaka in 1966. After the liberation war, he started making feature films. He made acclaimed films including Dhire Bahe Meghna (1973), Surya Konna (1975), Simana Periye (1977), Rupali Saikate (1979) and Mohana (1982).

Three of his films have been featured in the ‘Top 10 Bangladeshi Films’ list by the British Film Institute.

He passed away on January 20, 1989.

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