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12:00 AM, July 20, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 20, 2019

Remembering Rahman A star of the 60’s

In the beginning of the 60’s, a dashing actor made his name as a romantic film protagonist, one whose popularity was on par with all the Hindi and Urdu actors of the time. His name is Rahman, who, unfortunately is not here with us today. However, his films will forever have a place in the history of Bangla cinema.

Rahman’s first film was Edesh Tomar Amar, directed by Ehtesham in 1960. He played the part of a villain in the film. It was a huge success, as was Rajdhanir Buk-e by the same director, with which Rahman debuted as the conventional ‘hero’.  His pairing with Chitra Sinha was also well received.

The actor’s success continued with Harano Din, directed by Mostafiz. Having paired with Shabnam, the film was a phenomenal hit, establishing him as a ‘romantic hero’ of the time. Having released in 1961, Rahman received BDT 3000 for the film, which was a lot during those times. Harano Din is still remembered as an exemplary early Bangla film. In 1963, his Preet Na Jaane Rit was a sensation among cinema goers as well. Devdas, directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam, was one of his finest performances in the role of Chunilal. After the film, he also started his career as a director, in which Milon was a milestone.

In 1963, the actor faced a tragic accident, in which he had to lose one of his legs. His career as a romantic protagonist was also affected by the incident. In the latter part of his career, Shorgo Norok, Takar Ahonkar, Bishal and Beprowa are among his more notable films.

Rahman first came to Dhaka after a spat with his family, and worked as a waiter at a restaurant in Shahbagh. From there, he went on to become one of the most recognisable faces in Bangla cinema at the time. The legendary actor breathed his last in 2005.

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