Zahir Raihan
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Zahir Raihan (1935 -1971 ?)

 

Zahir RaihanZahir Raihan was a Bangladeshi novelist, writer and filmmaker. He is perhaps most wellknown for his documentary Stop Genocide made during the Bangladesh Liberation War. He disappeared on December 30, 1971 trying to locate his brother, the famous writer Shahidullah Kaiser, who was captured and killed by the Pakistan army and/or local collaborators during the last days of the war.

Zahir Raihan was born on 19 August 1935, in the village Majupur, now in Feni District, Bangladesh. After the Partition of Bengal in 1947, he, along with his parents, returned to his village from Calcutta. He obtained Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Bangla from Dhaka University. He had been married twice, to Sumita Devi in 1961 and Shuchanda in 1968, both of whom were film actresses.

Work

Zahir Raihan had a very short life. But, still now, he is considered as one of the most talented film-makers of Bangladesh. He also wrote several popular short stories.

Books

  • Surya Grahan (The eclipse), 1954
  • Shesh Bikeler Meye (The Girl from the Afternoon), 1960
  • Trishna, 1962
  • Hajar Bachhar Dhare (Through Thousand Years), 1964
  • Baraf Gala Nadi (The River of Icy Waters), 1968
  • Arek Falgun (Another Falgun Day), 1969, based on the Language Movement of 1952
  • Ar Kata Din (For How Long), 1970
  • Ekushe February, 1970

Movies

As a Director :

  • Kakhono Asheni, 1961
  • Shonar Kajal (1962}
  • Kancher Deyal  (1963}
  • Sangam, (1964} (19the first colour film made in Pakistan)
  • Bahana (1965)
  • Behula (1966)
  • Anwara (1967)
  • Jiban Theke Neya (1969)
  • Jalte Surujke Niche (1970)
  • Let There be Light (Uncompleted)

As a Assistant Director :

  • Jago Hua Savera
  • Je Nadi Morupothe
  • Amar Jonmovumi

As a Producer :

  • Julekha (1967)
  • Dui Bhai (1968)
  • Shongsar (1968)
  • Shuorani Duorani (1968)
  • Kuchboron Konna (1968)
  • Moner Moto Bou (1969)
  • Sesh Porjonto (1969)
  • Protishod (1972)

Documentaries

  • Stop Genocide, Documentary on the genocide by Pakistani Army in the Bangladesh Liberation War, 1971
  • A State is Borne (1971

Awards

  • Adamjee Literature Award
  • Bangla Academy Award (1972)
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