Citizens recall filmmaker Badal Rahman | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 20, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 20, 2010

Citizens recall filmmaker Badal Rahman

Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh (FFSB) in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a condolence programme on the recently deceased filmmaker Badal Rahman at the Seminar Hall, BSA, on June 18. Rahman's colleagues and fellow film activists as well as eminent personalities from other sectors reminisced on the life and work of the first ever children's filmmaker of the country.
“I was thinking in the morning that I would not come to the programme because I still believe he is alive among us,” said Rahman's friend and theatre personality Mamunur Rashid.
“I was introduced to Rahman during the early days of Bangladesh Television. The sparkle of his talent convinced me to assume that he would establish his name one day,” said veteran artist Mustafa Monowar.
“I was introduced to him when I was in class six. He was a man of adventure and was a dedicated soul. He very much loved to watch football,” said Partho, who played the role of Emil in the groundbreaking film “Emiler Goenda Bahini”.
Partho, a man in the early 40s now, recalled the shooting of the film in Khulna, where he along with several other children stayed for days for the shooting to be done. “His adventurous characteristics never made us feel that we were far away from home,” said Partho.
Rahman's grieving son Abhishek was amongst the speakers at the programme. He shared last minute experiences with his father.
Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Secretary to the Ministry of Information; Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University; filmmaker Morshedul Islam, veteran actor Syed Hasan Imam, theatre personality M. Hamid and film organiser Mahbub Jamil, among others, spoke on Rahman.
Badal Rahman succumbed to a major cardiac arrest on June 11 at the age of 61. He left behind two daughters and a son.

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