Renowned art director and filmmaker Mohiuddin Faruque passed away this afternoon at his residence in the capital's Banani at the age of 78.
He went into cardiac arrest after suffering from heart complications for a while. He was rushed to Aysha Memorial Hospital, but his breathing had stopped before he arrived there, his son Nooruddin Faruque said.
Born in 1942, Mohiuddin completed his studies from the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka. He later went on to work as a set designer for Bangladesh Television (BTV).
In his career spanning around five decades, Mohiuddin worked as a set designer alongside directorial legends Goutam Ghose, Rajen Tarafdar, Sheikh Niamat Ali and Subhash Dutta, among many others.
After retiring from BTV, Mohiuddin Faruque joined the Department of Film and Media Studies, Stamford University Bangladesh (SUB) as its chairperson in 2008. He was a member of the Film Directors' Guild at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) and continued to teach at different other institutions, including Bangladesh Cholochitro O Television Institute (BCTI), as an adjunct faculty member.
The artiste received the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Art Direction seven times for the films Bashundhara (1977), Dumurer Phool (1978), Pita Mata Santan (1991), Padma Nadir Majhi (1993), Dukhai (1997), Meghla Akash (2001) and Obujh Bou (2010). His other notable works include Palanka (1975), Lathial (1975), Sareng Bou (1978), Surja Dighal Bari (1979), Rajlokkhi Srikanto (1987), and Chaka (1993).
Following his Namaz-e-Janazah, the artiste was put to rest at Mirpur 11 graveyard. He left behind his wife and three children -- two sons and a daughter.