Today is the eighth death anniversary of late Ekushey Padak winning actor Humayun Faridee, who left his mark in all mediums including theatre, television and film during his illustrious and multifaceted acting career.
Humayun Faridee, born at Narinda in Old Dhaka, in 1952, embarked on his acting career as a Jatra artiste at an early age. He began his career in theatre while studying economics at Jahangirnagar University.
He later joined Dhaka Theatre and became one of the finest actors of his time, performing in the troupe’s popular productions like ‘Shakuntala’, ‘Kittankhola’, ‘Kermat Mangal’, and ‘Arturu Wie’.
He began his small screen career in 1980 with the teleplay ‘Nikhoj Sangbad’, which was produced by Atiqul Haque Chaudhury.
He later starred in a number of teleplays and carved a niche for himself in the industry.
Among popular teleplays and serials starring Faridee are ‘Shangsaptak’, ‘Nil Nakshar Shandhany’, ‘Durbin Diye Dekhun’, ‘Bhangoner Shabdha Shuni’, ‘Bakulpur Kato Dur’, ‘Dubhuboner Dui Bashinda’ and ‘Ekti Laal Shari’.
Faridee won the hearts of viewers across the country playing Kan Kata Ramjan in Abdullah Al Mamun’s drama series ‘Shangshaptak’, based on Shahidullah Kaiser’s novel with the same title.
‘Santrash’, released in 1990, was Faridee’s first mainstream film. He introduced a new style of acting through his acting in some popular films like ‘Hulia’, ‘Dohon’, ‘Shontrash’, ‘Bachelor’, ‘Jay Jatra’ and ‘Shamolchhaya’.
He acted in 56 films and got the National Film Award for his acting in ‘Matritwa’ in 2004.
Humayun Faridee died after suffering from chronic lung disease on February 13, 2012, at his Dhanmondi residence at the age of 60. He was posthumously awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2018.
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