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Humayun Faridi
Humayun Faridi

Humayun Faridi (1952-2012) is one of the most celebrated actors of Bangladesh. Be it theatre, TV serials or cinema, this versatile genius made his mark in all forms of acting, which made him a rare phenomenon in the entertainment world. On his 2nd death anniversary, we remember this legendary actor whose departure created a vacuum in our cultural arena.

! Faridi started his stage career during his student life at Jahangirnagar University
! Though a student of economics, he became a campus icon for his acting genius
! He was a close associate of legendary dramatist Selim Al Deen
! With Selim Al Deen, he was one of the core organisers of 1976 Drama Festival of Jahangirnagar University
! During his student life he also got the membership of Dhaka Theatre

! Humayun Faridi was a master of theatrical performances
! Faridi's acting in Selim Al Deen's play Keramot Mongol is one of the first depiction of epic realism in Bengali theatre
! His acting in Selim Al Deen's another remarkable creation Kirtonkhola made it a ground breaking success in Bengali theatre and drama
! Faridi always described theatre as the training ground for any actor
! Faridi was the teacher of many famous actors

Humayun Faridi acting as Kan Kata Ramjan in Shangshaptak.
Humayun Faridi acting as Kan Kata Ramjan in Shangshaptak.

! Humayun Faridi became immensely popular for his role of Kan Kata Ramjan in a tv serial called Sangshaptak
! Clever, vicious but witty,  Kan Kata Ramjan was one of the most successful depictions of Black Comedy in Bengali drama
! He has performed in as many as 30 TV serials
! His works with Selim Al Deen and Humayun Ahmed produced some masterpieces in the history of drama such as Kothao Keu Nei, Kirtonkhola etc

! Faridi started his film career on 1990
! He starred in many much-talked about films such as Dohon, Bachelor, Meherjan etc.
! It was said that audiences went to watch his films only to see his brilliant acting rather than the film itself
! Faridi was suffering from chronic lung disease and physical weakness
! He died in his daughter's residence on February 13, 2012

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