Remembering Challenger on his 11th death anniversary
A S M Tofazzal Hossain, known by his on-screen name Challenger, entered the showbiz industry under the guidance of Humayun Ahmed. His debut tele-fiction was "Hablong-er Bazar" (2000). Today marks his 11th death anniversary.
Throughout his career, he has mostly been seen in Humayun Ahmed ventures, be it films or tele-fictions. His debut film was "Dui Duari" (2000). It was the legendary writer who named him 'Challenger', because of his high-spirited persona that overcame all challenges.
Facing his struggles head-on, he took care of his siblings. With time, money and fame both graced his doorsteps. His younger sister Monira Mithu is also a well-known television actor. "I entered this industry holding his hands," she shares. "Words fall short every time I try to explain how deeply I miss my brother."
The actor has also been a part of many super-hit films, including "Shyamol Chhaya" (2005), "Lal Sobuj" (2005), "Daruchini Dip" (2007) and "Noy Number Bipod Sanket" (2007), among others. With his natural onscreen presence, the actor enchanted the audience of all age-groups.
The late actor has also worked with other directorial legends, including renowned actor-director-screenwriter Salauddin Lavlu in "Bhorer Haat". "He was a very natural actor," mentions the artiste. "His camera presence was magical so was his company as a friend. Just one little briefing and he instantly would get into the vibe of the character."
Challenger has worked in over 200 television dramas. His performance in "Montri Mohodoyer Agomon Shuveccha Shagotom" was well received by the audience.
"Brikkho Manab," "Bhorer Haat," "Shawkat Shaheber Gari Kena," "Jamunar Jol Dekhtey Kalo," "Chandra Karigor," "Gani Shaheber Shesh Kichhudin," "Kala Koitor," "Lilaboti," "Juta Baba," "Salek Dofadar," "Warrant", Urey Jai Bok Pokkhi", "Pishach Makbul", "Aziz Saheb Er Pap" and "Dholbatti" feature some of his memorable performances.
"I had the privilege of working with Challenger. He was a born artiste, blessed with the ability to act instinctively," shares Chanchal Chowdhury. "We lost him too early and thinking about it breaks my heart."
Challenger passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer at the age of 51.