National Film Award winning actor Tariq Anam Khan is a celebrated name. The artiste has strong roots in theatre, and is the founder of Natyakendra theatre troupe. The celebrity recently spoke to The Daily Star to share intimate details about his life and work.
“One of the best known tele-fictions in our television history is Baro Rokom Manush,” says Tariq Anam Khan. “There was a dialogue that was so popular, it caught on as a catch phrase - Thaamle bhalo lage.” This is a dialogue that the veteran actor is still fond of.
“Another tele-fiction that comes to mind is Shongshoptok, which garnered accolades during its time. I played a character named Mejbhai, while Suborna Mustafa played Rabu. People still approach me to talk about my character in that show,” says Khan.
Tariq Anam Khan appeared in the 1976 film titled Suroj Miya. Helmed by Kajol Arefin, the main cast also included Suborna Mustafa, Rozina, and the legendary Golam Mustafa. The crew traveled around Dhaka and Manikganj while shooting for the film, the memories of which are still dear to the actor.
“Famed director Salahuddin Zaki cast me in Guddi, which was filmed along the banks of the Naf river. The late Happy Akhand joined us on the set there, and sung a few songs for the film. Many memories were made on that riverbank,” he reminisces. “I made my first forays in cinema with the film Lal Shobujer Pala. My co-star was Kobori. I remember that one day, quite out of the blue, Syed Hasan Imam beckoned me to speak to him, and offered me a role in the film. But I had no idea that I was the lead actor, and didn't find out until the first day of shooting!”
The actor also remembers pairing up with Kobori in his first ever television serial, titled Matir Koley. “It was a very popular show aired by BTV back then, and was shot in a village situated in Tongi. The village was called Gacha, and it has been lost over time, swallowed up by urbanization. We also ventured by a river in Savar to film some scenes. Those memories are still sharp as ever in my mind, as it was the first show that brought me mainstream attention.”
“I will remain indebted to a few people without whom my success would not have materialised. Abdullah Al Mamun, Mostofa Monwar, Nawazish Ali Khan, Barkatullah Bhulu, Salahuddin Zaki, Mostofa Kamal Syed, Aly Zaker, Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu, and many more have been my mentors and brothers that came forward when I was in need,” says a grateful Tariq Anam Khan.
Over the course of his career, Tariq Anam Khan admits to have been lucky enough to be friends with some prominent figures of our society. “I was fortunate enough to strike up a close friendship with Humayun Faridi, and there was a time when we would catch up with each other every day, from 1987-1988. Those memories are significantly important to me today, and I feel society would also benefit from knowing them,” he says. “There was a time when I struggled relentlessly in Dhaka. Oftentimes I could not even afford rickshaw fares, or rent. I made my way to many places near and far on foot. I used to take classes at one place for just 40 takas, and even then I wasn't able to collect all the money at once.” He became quite nostalgic, as he found himself lost in these memories. The emotion could be seen in the eyes of one of the most decorated actors of our time.