Eminent film director and producer Chashi Nazrul Islam died at hospital in the capital on Sunday morning. He was 74.
Shahadat Setu, assistant of the noted film maker, said, Nazrul, who had been receiving treatment at Labaid Hospital for cancer and various complications since January 1, breathed his last around 5:51am.
He had been on life support at the hospital since last Friday.
Nazrul left behind his wife, two daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Shamsuddin Didar, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s media wing member, said, the renowned filmmaker’s body was taken to his Jasimuddin Road residence in the city’s Kamalapur in the morning. Later, his body kept at the Labaid Hospital mortuary in the afternoon.
The body will be taken to Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) on Monday (today) morning. Afterwards, the veteran film director’s body will be taken to National Press Club in the capital.
His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at Baitul Mokarram Mosque on Monday afternoon.
Later, he will be buried in Munshiganj after his second namaz-e-janaza there, Dider told.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of eminent film director and producer.
In a condolence message, the President said the Bangladesh film industry has lost a bright luminary at his death. He prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family members.
In her condolence message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, Chashi had made his place in the heart of the country’s people through making Liberation War-based and life-oriented films. “The loss that has been caused by Chashi Nazrul’s death to the country’s film arena is not easily repairable.”
Meanwhile, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also expressed profound shock at the death of noted film director and freedom fighter Chashi Nazrul Islam.
In her condolence message, she said, “Chashi Nazrul Islam will remain as a glittering star forever in Bangladesh’s film history for his many famous movies like the Liberation War based one ‘Ora Egaro Jon’.”
Chashi Nazrul, president of Jatiyatabadi Sangskritik Dal, cultural wing of BNP, was born in Munshiganj on October 23, 1941.
He started to perform on radio in 1965.
Nazrul directed and voiced popular radio dramas ‘Ramer Sumoti’ (1965), ‘Socrates’ (1966), ‘Sokhina Birongona’ (1974) etc.
Chashi started his career in visual media in 1964 when he got chance to work on television programme through audition.
He worked as Assistant Director of the film, ‘Dui Digonto’, directed by Obaidur Rahman.
Later he worked as assistant of eminent filmmaker late Fateh Lohani.
He participated in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
After the country achieved independence, Chashi Nazrul, also Adviser to Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas), made his first film ‘Ora Egaro Jon’ (They are eleven) based on the 1971 Liberation War.