Prominent Actor ATM Shamsuzzaman Dies at 80

Bangladeshi actor ATM Shamsuzzaman has died. He was 80. He breathed his last at his home in Old Dhaka’s Sutrapur around 9am Saturday, local media report.

The actor was buried at Jurain graveyard after his namaj-e-janaza held after Asr prayer in Sutrapur Jame mosque. 

The popular actor was hospitalized at various times with different physical complications.

ATM Shamsuzzaman, one of the most popular actors in Bangladesh, was a director, story writer, screenwriter, and dialogueist. He has won the National Film Award multiple times for his performance. He received Rashtriya Samman Ekushey Padak in 2015 for his contribution to the arts.

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He was born on September 10, 1941 at grandfather’s house in Bangladesh’s Noakhali. The village house is situated in Laxmipur district and Devendra Nath Das Lane in Old Dhaka. He studied at Pogos School, Collegiate School in Dhaka, Loknath High School in Rajshahi. His father Nooruzzaman was a well-known lawyer and involved in politics with Sher-E Bangla A K Fazlul Haque. Shamsuzzaman was the eldest among five brothers and three sisters.

The actor’s film career started as an assistant director with director Udayan Chowdhury’s ‘Bishkanya’ in 1961. The first story and screenplay was written for the film ‘Jalchhobi’. Narayan Ghosh Mita was the director of the film and actor Farooque made his film debut with this film. ATM Shamsuzzaman has written hundreds of scripts and stories. He initially started his film career as a comedian. The film hit the screens starred by the actor in 1965. In 1976, he came into the light with his role as villain in filmmaker Amjad Hossain’s ‘Nayanmani’. In 1987, he won the National Film Award as best actor in the film — Dayee Ke — directed by Kazi Hayat. In 2019, he received the 2017 National Film Awards ‘Lifetime Honors’ award from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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