A simple online search will reveal the countless benefits laughter has on the human body. And perhaps as a means of wellbeing, we have embraced the genre of comedy with open arms in the entertainment industry. Comedy has always been an integral part of Bangla films, many a times shedding light on the good and bad in our society. We take a look at the comedians who took up the task that may not seem so difficult, yet is, to make the audience laugh.
The first feature film of Bangladesh was made in the 60’s, titled, Mukh O Mukhosh, where Saifuddin played the comedian. Over time, he carved a space for comedy in films, not only for himself, but for all the other artistes who were to follow in the footsteps of humour. Other comedians of the era were Khan Joynul, Robiul and Altaf. They acted in numerous films and were much admired by the audience. Robiul’s Neel Akasher Niche and Chhutir Ghonta, and Khan Joynul’s Nacher Putul and Obuj Mon, were amongst the immensely popular films of the time. Another renowned comedian to emerge during the 60’s, was the late Anis. His hysterical take on the Noakhali dialect shot him to instant fame. He is credited to have a few hundred films under his belt.
During the 70’s, two talented comedians to embrace the industry were Tele Samad and Moti. Tele Samad’s prominence was eagerly appreciated, so much so, that one would expect him in every film during the time. Mona Pagla and Rakhe Allah Mare Ke were amongst his most popular films, to name a few. Moti also garnered a huge fan base with films like Soudagor, Abe Hayat and many others. Haba Hashmot was yet another beloved comedian during the late 70’s. He was renowned for many films, including Alor Michhil and Notun Bou.
Ashish Kumar Loho is another well-known artiste. Apart from his comedic skills, he was also a playwright and a writer. Besides acting in films, he also acted in television. He had numerous films to his credit including, Noyontara, Shutorang, Onekdin Agey, Shokhi Tumi Kar and others.
In the 80’s, Dildar reigned as the ultimate comedian. He was a prolific figure in films during his time. He also played the role of a protagonist in the film Abdullah. During the 90’s, Kabila and Afzal Sharif were the comedians of choice. Early in his career, Afzal Sharif used to work in tele-fictions and later transitioned into films. He has worked alongside superstar Salman Shah, Riaz and many others. Currently Afzal Sharif is suffering from ill health, but Kabila continues to pursue his career in comedy. Even though comedians often do not play the lead roles in films, their performances truly leave a lasting impression on the viewers.