Dhaka, May 29 (UNB) – Today is the 67th birthday of Humayun Faridi, one of the most iconic actors of Bangladesh.
The legendary actor is remembered for his extraordinary works in Bangladeshi television and cinema industry.
Born to ATM Nurul Islam and Begum Farida Islam at Dhaka’s Narinda in the year of the Language Movement, he fought in Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.
He completed his SSC from Islamia Government High School in 1968 and passed the HSC examination from Chandpur Government College in 1970. In the same year, he entered the Dhaka University to study organic chemistry but could not continue studies due to the Liberation War.
After independence, he got admitted to Jahangirnagar University to study Economics, where he became a friend and close associate of drama doyen Selim Al Deen. They collaborated in many notable creative projects in theatre and drama.
Faridi’s expedition in showbiz began as a leading organiser of Jahangirnagar University’s 1976 Drama Festival. There he was noticed by renowned cultural persona Nasiruddin Yousuff, who was attending the festival as a judge.
After his all-round performance as an organiser, writer, director and actor in the festival - Faridi joined the famous Dhaka Theatre (founded by Yousuff and Selim Al-Deen) in 1978.
As a dedicated and passionate theatre artist, he always delivered quality works, and it all started with his debut performance in the ‘Shakuntala’ rendition by Selim Al-Deen, where he played the character ‘Tokkhok’. He continued his journey in theatre with dramas such as ‘Phoni Monsha’ (1980), ‘Kirtankhola’ (1981), ‘Keramat Mangal’ (1985) and ‘Bhuut’ (1990).
In 1982, Faridi made his television debut with ‘Nil Nokshar Shondhaney’. From then on, he performed in dramas and serials such as ‘Nikhoj Shongbad’, ‘Hothat Ekdin’, ‘Pathor Somoy’, ‘Somudre Gangchil’, ‘Kachher Manush’, ‘Mohona’, ‘Durbin Diye Dekhun’, ‘Vangoner Shobdo Shuni’, ‘Kothao Keo Nei’, ‘Pret’ and many more - and became a fan favourite for his extraordinary acting.
His biggest breakthrough in television came with the drama ‘Shangshaptak’, in which he incredibly portrayed the character known as ‘Kankata Ramjan’ and became an instant hit with the audience.
After successfully making a name for himself in television, Faridi debuted as a film actor with the movie ‘Din-Mojur’, directed by Shahidul Islam Khokon. Faridi proved his worth as a versatile actor in the film industry with his performances in different genres of movies, but he is best known for his incredible performances in Bangla commercial films portraying negative roles.
Perhaps this was the reason that Khokon cast Faridi in 25 of his 28 movies. ‘Hulia’, ‘Dohon’, ‘Shontrash’, ‘Bachelor’, ‘Joy Jatra’, ‘Ekatturer Jishu’, ‘Loraku’, ‘Bir Purush’, ‘Bishwa Premik’, ‘Ajker Hitler’, ‘Mayer Odhikar’, ‘Bidrohi Charidike’, ‘Mone Pore Tomake’, ‘Shamol Chhaya’, ‘Meherjaan’- these are some of his renowned films.
He won the National Award in 2004 for his amazing performance in the movie ‘Matritwa’.
Humayun Faridi was first married to Nazmun Ara Begum Minu in 1980, but the couple got separated four years later. Faridi then married prominent actress Subarna Mustafa in 1984 but also got divorced in 2008. He was the son-in-law of prolific actor Golam Mustafa.
This actor passed away on February 12, 2012 after a long battle with chronic lungs disease. In recognition for his contribution, he was rewarded a posthumous Ekushey Padak in 2018.
Humayun Faridi will remain alive in the heart of his fans as one of the greatest actors of all time, for all of his tremendous performances.
Los Angeles, May 29 (AP/UNB) — "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington has checked into a wellness retreat to work on what his representative says are "personal issues."
A representative for Harington said Tuesday the British actor was utilizing a post-"Game of Thrones" break in his schedule to spend time at the facility. No additional details were released.
Harington played Jon Snow in HBO's widely popular fantasy series "Game of Thrones," which ended after eight seasons this month.
The 32-year-old actor is married to his "Game of Thrones" co-star Rose Leslie.
Los Angeles, May 28 (AP/UNB) — A Los Angeles judge will consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order Tuesday that keeps a former associate of Britney Spears away from her and her family.
Sam Lutfi, 44, a onetime Spears confidante who has said he once acted as the pop star's manager, was ordered on May 8 to stay at least 200 yards (183 meters) from Spears, her parents and her two sons, and to refrain from contacting or disparaging them. The order could be extended on Tuesday afternoon. Spears, 37, is unlikely to appear.
Lutfi was a major presence in Spears' life at the height of her fame, leading up to her public meltdown in 2008.
The petition Spears' attorneys filed for the order alleged Lutfi had been sending harassing and threatening texts to Spears' family and disparaging them on social media.
Lutfi's attorney Marc Gans said the restraining order if overly broad and violates his client's civil rights. Gans said he and Lutfi looked forward to fighting the order at the hearing.
It's the second time the family has received a restraining order against Lutfi, who has been in legal battles with them for a decade. He sued them in 2009, alleging Britney Spears had breached a contract with him, her father punched him and her mother defamed him in a memoir. The suit was settled in 2016.
The petition for the latest restraining order alleged that Lutfi's "unjustified interference in her life" threatens Spears' "safety and well-being" and have caused her "severe mental trauma" at a time when stress and the poor health of her father have prompted her to put her career on hold indefinitely.
It also alleges that Lutfi has sought to undermine the conservatorship that for 11 years has kept her affairs almost entirely under the control of her father.
The status means a judge is unlikely to require Spears to appear at Tuesday's hearing.
Conservatorships, known in many states as guardianships, are normally reserved for people with conditions far more severe than Spears, including those with dementia or in a coma.
But judges have allowed the arrangement to remain in place far longer than was expected when it was first imposed at a moment of crisis for Spears.
There have been signs the arrangement may change.
Spears made a rare appearance earlier this month at a status hearing on the conservatorship in a Los Angeles courtroom, along with father Jamie and mother Lynne. The courtroom was cleared and only those involved know what the three said, but a judge subsequently ordered an examination of the circumstances by a court official.
Jamie Spears, who has reportedly been in poor health though no specifics have been made public, earlier this week notified the court that he is seeking to extend the conservatorship from California to Louisiana, Hawaii and Florida.
Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) – Time was when television drama was the genre of choice for the middle class’s entertainment, and Bangladeshi ‘natok’ was known to maintain a certain standard. Now though, despite a proliferation of television channels, tv drama is losing its audience day by day, and the crisis can be said to be peaking at the moment, following the advent of the latest threat to in the form of web services such Netflix.
To shed light on possible solutions through an open discussion among stakeholders in the presence of Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud, a seminar and iftar was organised by the Director’s Guild, an association of filmmakers, titled ‘The crisis of professionalism in television drama and its solution’ at Gulshan’s Emannuels Banquet Hall on Saturday.
The program featured a serious discussion regarding the ongoing crisis in the television industry. Several media personalities expressed their grievances and disappointment over issues such as getting dominated by unprofessionalism in the industry, not getting proper recognition and remuneration, not getting sufficient opportunities to show their calibre due to the autocracy of media owners, etc.
After giving them a patient hearing, the information minister expressed his solidarity and gratitude towards the artists and association members, and promised the government is working to prepare proper law and regulations in order to resolve the problems.
Later the minister and members of Director’s Guild honored the 2019 Ekushey Padak winner artist Lucky Enam and notable writer and dramatist Imdadul Haque Milon.
Hosted by the general secretary of Director’s Guild S A Haque Alik, the program was attended by country’s renowned media personalities including television personality Syed Hasan Imam, playwright Masum Reza, actor Shahidul Alam Sacchu, dramatist and filmmaker Mannan Hira, several actors and directors such as Azizul Hakim, Sazzad Hossain Dodul, Sohel Arman and Mahfuz Haque, dramatist Zeenat Hakim, notable director Shahidul Haque Khan, actor and former president of the Director’s Guild’s Gazi Rakayet, as well as its current president, notable actor and director Salahuddin Lavlu.
Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) - The 120th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was celebrated in the country on Saturday in a befitting manner.
Born on May 25, 1899 at Churulia village in Burdwan district of West Bengal in India, Nazrul through his fiery poems had inspired people to fight against injustice and repression of the colonial rule.
The government and different socio-cultural and political organisations celebrated the day with elaborate programmes.
This year’s theme of the birth anniversary was “Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh in Nazrul’s Conscience.”
The birth anniversary of the poet was also celebrated at Trishal in Mymensingh, Daulatpur in Cumilla and Chattogram with due respect by local administration.
Different educational institutions across the country as well as all the Bangladeshi embassies abroad also observed the day.
The Nazrul Institute and Shilpakala Academy organised programmes marking the day.
The Cultural Affairs Ministry and different organisations paid tributes to the poet placing wreaths at his grave by the Central Mosque of Dhaka University in the morning.
Newspapers published special supplements while Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar broadcast various programmes on the occasion.