The year 2014 was action packed for the film fraternity. And of course cine goers were equally busy keeping tabs on their favourite stars. A look at the newsmakers of 2014 in Dhallywood:
Evergreen actress Kobori has a career spanning 50 years. She made her 1964 debut in “Sutorang”.
Suffering from old age complications, another film legend, Nayak Raj Razzak, was admitted to Square Hospital and shifted to ICU as his condition worsened. Fortunately he made a full recovery and returned to acting. At the end of 2014, Bangladesh Cholocchitro Sangbadik Samity conferred Lifetime Achievement Award to Kobori and Nayak Raj Razzak.
As in previous years, Dhallywood heartthrob Shakib Khan secured top position. Three of his films were released during Eid. He also made his debut as a film producer. Besides, he worked with renowned Indian actress Paoli Dam in a film. He also did a second movie with Jaya Ahsan. Apart from this, he and noted TV actress Tisha paired up for a film for the first time.
Meanwhile, Arefin Shuvo once again shot into the spotlight with new movie “Kistimat”. He played the lead in several other films.
On the contrary, Jaya Ahsan lay low this year, but signed yet another movie in Kolkata. The celebrated actress was awarded with Shailajananda Award of India and nominated for India's Filmfare Awards.
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki released his much-awaited “Pipra Bidya”, that won critical acclaim internationally (at Shanghai, Busan, Kerala and at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards) and success at the box office.
Wild card hero Noor Imran Mithu's performance was highly praised, while Indian actress Sheena Chohan made her mark.
Among the newcomers, actress Mahi remained busy with shooting. Her year-end releases “Onek Sadher Moina” and “Desha the Leader” earned her plaudits. She was also busy shooting for a Bangladesh-India joint production.
After a long time, Moushumi started making a film named “Sunno Hridoy”.
The much-awaited “Ek Cup Cha”, produced by Ferdous, was also released. The Dhaka University (DU) alumnus was honoured by his alma mater for his works.
Popy's new film “Char Okkhorer Bholbasa” was released.
Renowned face on the small screen, Tania Ahmed made her directorial debut with the movie “Good Morning London”.
Nipun spent a busy year getting admission to a school in London.
Purnima had a daughter.
Sabnur, who had a baby in December 2013, returned to Dhaka with her son Aizan this year.
Ananta Jalil went on an international tour to promote his movie “Most Welcome-2”. Apart from this, he became a father at the end of the year.
Bidya Sinha Mim acted in several films and came into the spotlight through a TVC for Grameenphone.
Apu Biswas wore a new look and looked leaner. She and Shakib Khan paired for several movies.
Bapparaj made his directorial debut with “Kraus”.
Model Ruhi's first film “Sangram” was released this year, and later she married its director.
Several movies of Anisur Rahman were released, and he received critical acclaim for his work.
After media reports that Banasree, film actress of the' 90s, was leading her life selling flowers on footpaths, the prime minister extended her a helping hand and gave her Taka 20 lakh. The premier also financially helped another poverty-stricken film veteran Rani Sarker.
In 2014, at least 65 movies were released while last year the number was 52.
Towards the end of the year, National Film Award-winning director Chashi Nazrul Islam fell sick and was in ICU. Another filmmaker Shahidul Islam Khokhon and actor Telly Samad also had health issues. The government extended help for their medical treatment.
Khalilur Rahman, a towering figure in the film industry, passed away in December this year.