Late eminent filmmaker-freedom fighter Zahir Raihan was not only a prominent filmmaker but also a major novelist who depicted sufferings of the marginalised in society, said speakers at a programme held at International Digital Cultural Archive Room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday.
Moviyana Film Society organised the programme marking Zahir Raihan’s 48th disappearance day.
Besides directing acclaimed films like ‘Kokhono Asheni’, ‘Kancher Deyal’, ‘Agun Niye Khela’, ‘Jibon Theke Neya’ and others, Raihan penned popular novels including ‘Shesh Bikeler Meye’, ‘Trishna’, ‘Hajar Bachhar Dhare’, ‘Arek Phalgun’, ‘Baraf Gala Nadi’ and others, short stories namely ‘Sonar Harin’, ‘Samayer Prayojane’, ‘Ekti Jigyasa’, ‘Harano Belay’, ‘Badh’, ‘Suryagrahan’, ‘Naya Pattan’, ‘Bhangachora’, ‘Aparadh’, ‘Swikriti’, ‘Ati Parichito’ and others.
The programme featured screening of Zahir Raihan’s film ‘Kokhono Asheni’, discussion on his life and works and more.
Moviyana Film Society president Balayat Hossain Mamun delivered the Zahir Raihan Memorial Lecture while film researcher and writer Anupam Hayat, journalist Rafiquzzaman, journalist-film critic Mahmuda Chowdhury spoke at the programme.
‘I urge the younger generation to watch Zahir Raihan’s films and read his literary works like “Samayer Prayojane” and “Koyekti Shanglap”. He explained things in a simple way in his books, in doing so he made complex matters easy to understand for all,’ said Rafiquzzaman.
‘No one can deny Zahir Raihan’s stature as a filmmaker. He also enriched Bengali literature with his creations. His works will continue to leave a lasting impression on the minds of the film lovers for years to come,’ said Belayat Hossain Mamun.
Referring to the film ‘Kokhono Asheni’, Mahmuda Chowdhury said, ‘Zahir Raihan could easily relay messages through films. He addressed social anomalies, oppression of women in male-dominated society and others in “Kokhono Asheni”.’
‘Zahir Raihan enriched the local film industry and Bengali literature with his politically charged works. He used metaphors to convey political messages,’ said Anupam Hayat.
Zahir Raihan was born on August 19, 1935. He disappeared on January 30, 1972 while trying to locate his brother Shahidullah Kaiser, who was last seen in December 1971.