Film Archive, its alumnus recall Tareque, Mishuk and Akhtaruzzaman | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 29, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 29, 2011

Film Archive, its alumnus recall Tareque, Mishuk and Akhtaruzzaman

Manzare Hasin Murad speaks at the programme. Photo: Mumit M.

Nearly a month and a half after the shocking deaths of filmmaker Tareque Masud and journalist-cinematographer Mishuk Munier, film activists and enthusiasts continue to hold memorial programmes in their honour.
Bangladesh Film Archive (BFA) and Bangladesh Film Archive Alumni Association (BFAAA) held a memorial programme on September 27 at the Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of National Museum. The programme also marked the death of another award-winning filmmaker, Akhtaruzzaman. Film activists, filmmakers and alumnus of BFA recalled the deceased's works and lives.
The programme started with the screening of Masud's short film “Naroshundar”. A discussion was held after the screening. Among others, filmmakers Masihuddin Shaker, Morshedul Islam and Manzare Hasin Murad; former director general of BTV, Syed Salahuddin Zaki, and film researcher Manish Rafique (who was in the same vehicle with Tareque and Mishuk during the accident) spoke at the programme.
Secretary to the Ministry of Information, Hedayetullah Al Mamun, was the chief guest. Director general of BFA, Kamrun Nahar, presided over the session.
Apart from recalling the late film personalities, film activists also discussed on the need for an up to date film archive.
Recalling the horror of the accident, Manish Rafique said that the trauma is still haunting him. “It was only a matter of few seconds and I just remembered my mother's face. Then a distant voice [of Catherine Masud] that was calling 'Tareque' woke me up and I saw Tareque bhai and Mishuk bhai lying motionless on the road,” said Rafique.
Masihuddin Shaker termed Masud and Akhtaruzzman as more than just filmmakers. “They did not just think about filmmaking, they wanted to change the society as well,” said Shaker, who made “Shurjo Dighal Bari” along with Sheikh Neyamat Ali.
Referring to Akhtaruzzaman's achievement, Morshedul Islam said, “He made only a few films but he made them with sincerity and utmost dedication.”
In her speech, Begum Kamrunnahar assured that she and her organisation would work to uphold the contributions of the three personalities.
After the discussion, Akhtaruzzaman's National Award winning film “Poka Makorer Ghar Bashati” was screened. Based on a novel by Selina Hossain, the film received eight national awards in the year 1996.

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