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In remembrance

Salman Shah – the megastar who could be

With Sohanur Rahman Sohan's 1993 film “Keyamat Theke Keyamat”, (a remake of the 1988 Bollywood flick “Qayamat se Qayamat Tak” starring Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla), Bangladeshi filmdom got a new lease of life. Two stars were born: Salman Shah and Moushumi.

Shahriar Chowdhury Imon, who went by the screen name Salman Shah, changed the typical image of a Bangladeshi film actor. In the early 1990s when the country's film industry remained stagnant, Salman Shah took it by storm with his spirited performance and irresistible charm. The ailing film industry witnessed a real romantic hero and welcomed a new era in the romantic film genre with his appearance. It wasn't long till he turned into a heartthrob of the youth.

In his short span of film career, he acted in 18 hit films. “Keyamat Thekey Keyamat” was followed by films such as “Shopner Thikana”, “Denmohor”, “Tumi Amar”, “Tomakey Chai”, “Anjuman”, “Priyojon”, “Konyadan”, “Swapner Nayok”, “Swapner Purush”, “Ananda Ashru”, “Ei Ghar Ei Shongshar”, “Sujan Sokhi”, “Prem Juddha”, “Buker Bhetor Agun”, “Swapner Prithibi” and several other smash hits that exceeded the expectations of the audiences. Movie theatres that ran his films buzzed with youngsters.

But tragedy struck before he could take his career to the heights he so convincingly promised. On this day in 1996 (September 6), he was found hanging from the ceiling of his bedroom, at the mere age of 25. Not too many incidents had stirred Bangladesh's entertainment industry quite the way Salman Shah's demise did at the time, with even incidents reported of his fans killing themselves, unable to bear the loss of their hero.

Apart from acting in film, Salman Shah acted in several TV plays including “Akash Chhoya”, “Doyel”, “Shob Pakhi Ghar-e Phere”, “Saikat Sarosh”, “Anjuman” and “Nayon”. He also acted in two TV serials titled “Etikatha” and “Pathor Somoy”

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