A forgotten supernova
With Sohanur Rahman Sohan's “Keyamat Thekey Keyamat,” Bangladeshi filmdom got a new lease of life. Through this blockbuster, two stars were born -- Salman Shah and Moushumi.
Shahriar Chowdhury Imon, with the screen name Salman Shah -- changed the typical image of a Bangladeshi film actor. In the early 1990s, when the country's film industry remained stagnant, Salman Shah took the film industry by storm with his spirited performance and irresistible charm. The ailing film industry witnessed a real romantic hero and welcomed a new era in the romantic film genre with his appearance. Soon he turned into a heartthrob of the young moviegoers.
Salman Shah had been and still is a shining star in Bangladeshi filmdom. In his short film career, he worked in 18 hit films. He secured a strong foothold with the film “Keyamat Thekey Keyamat”, and followed it by “Shopner Thikana”, “Tumi Amar”, “Priyojon”, “Konyadan”, “Swapner Nayok”, “Swapner Purush”, “Ei Ghar Ei Shongshar”, “Sujan Sokhi”, “Swapner Prithibi” and several other smash hits.
But the shining star was soon lost under a dark cloud. On September 6, 1996, the film industry and fans alike were shocked by Salman's untimely demise. Failing to cope with the loss of their favourite actor, some ardent fans even took their own lives.
Apart from acting in film, Salman Shah acted in several TV plays including “Akash Chhoya”, “Doyel”, “Saikat Sarosh” and “Nayon”. He also acted in two TV serials.
Salman Shah brought a change into the stagnant scenario of Bangladeshi films, but nothing significant has been done to commemorate this talented actor. It is unfortunate that people in the current film industry have consigned him to oblivion and no effective measure has been taken to preserve his memories.