Disappearance day of Zahir Raihan today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jan 30,2020


Zahir Raihan

Today is the 48th disappearance day of late eminent filmmaker, writer and freedom fighter Zahir Raihan.

Different organisations will pay tribute to Zahir Raihan organising programmes.

Moviyana Film Society will hold a programme at International Digital Cultural Archive Room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 4:00 pm.

The programme will feature discussion on life and works of Zahir Raihan and screening of a documentary on the filmmaker-freedom fighter. Besides, Zahir Raihan’s directorial debut film ‘Kokhono Asheni’, which was released in 1961, will also be screened at the venue.

Noted filmmaker Syed Salahuddin Zaki, film critic Anupam Hayat, Zahir Raihan’s son Bipul Raihan, and Moviyana Film Society president Belayet Hossain Mamun, among others, will be present at the programme.

Zahir Raihan was born on August 19, 1935, at Majupur in Feni. He started his career working as a journalist in 1950 and eventually became editor of Probaho in 1956.

He made his film debut as an assistant director in the film Jago Huya Savera in 1957. He also assisted Salahuddin in the film Je Nodi Morupothay and made the then Pakistan’s first colour film Sangam in 1964.

He completed his first CinemaScope film titled ‘Bahana’ in the following year.

Apart from being a filmmaker, he was also an acclaimed writer. His first collection of short stories, titled ‘Suryagrahan’, was published in 1955.

Zahir Raihan actively participated in the language movement of 1952 and was present at the historic meeting of Amtala on February 21, 1952.

The language movement influenced him so much that he later made his acclaimed film Jibon Theke Neya based on the movement. The film was praised by the likes of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha and Ritwik Ghatak.

In 1971 Raihan joined the liberation war and made several documentary films on the war including Stop Genocide.

He disappeared on January 30, 1972 while trying to find his brother, Shahidullah Kaiser, who was last seen in December 1971.

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