Freedom fighter Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu, the founder of Dhaka Theatre and Bangladesh Gram Theatre, is one of the most renowned cultural personalities in our country. His contribution to the theatre arena is immeasurable. The Ekushey Padak and National Film Award-winning thespian talks about National Mourning Day in a conversation with The Daily Star.
How do you plan to observe National Mourning Day?
I am spending the day with a heavy heart, as August 15 is the darkest chapter in our history. I will be facilitating a talk on Bangabandhu with the students of Viqarunnisa Noon School & College later today, online. Bangladesh Gram Theatre is currently working in 40 districts across the country. I have an online meeting with the members today.
The injustice of the massacre that took place on August 15, 1975, still burns in our hearts. How do you reflect upon this day of mourning?
The untimely passing of Bangabandhu and the majority of his family will always be remembered with respect and lamentation. Bangabandhu led his people to victory against a barbaric regime. His gift of independence to us will never be forgotten. He was a widely loved leader.
Where were you on this day in 1975?
I was in my residence in Paltan at the time. I remember that gunshots created disruptions around the city – It was an alarming day. The assassins and conspirators wanted to destroy Bangladesh, and their crimes are unforgivable.
How do you believe people view Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a leader, today?
I believe that the people of Bangladesh respect and love Bangabandhu even more today. No one can deprive him of the love of his people. His incredible heroism has been a source of inspiration across generations. People's love for him will only increase with time.
How are you spending your time at home these days?
I have been talking to my fellow theatre artistes regularly, and I am also working on my autobiography.