She earned the repute of being not only an actor in films and stage, but also a newscaster on TV
Octogenarian actor and cultural personality Ajmeri Zaman Reshma passed away on Wednesday at a hospital in Dhaka, due to old-age complications. She was 82.
“She breathed her last at 2:30pm at Green Life Hospital in Dhaka,” a family member told BSS.
She was popularly known as Reshma.
During a protracted checkered career, Reshma earned the repute of being an actor in the pre- and post-independence film industry, stage and television alongside being a TV presenter and newscaster.
Born on March 31 in 1938, Reshma made her debut in the media industry in early 1960s through radio when she also worked as a voice presenter in Voice of America, while her acting prowess promoted her to perform as an actress on stage, television and films.
She was hugely acclaimed for her performance on television in the Bangla adaptation by Munier Chowdhury of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” titled “Mukhora Romoni Boshikoron,” with co-stars Golam Mustafa, Hasan Imam, Laila Hasan and many others in 1970.
The drama was directed by television stalwart Mostofa Monwar.
Her foray in films began with “Jeena Bhi Mushkil,” and soon reached stardom for her stellar performance in “Chokori,” co-starred by Nadeem and Shabana. She went on to star in many Bangla and Urdu films like “Bhawal Shonnyashi,” “Noyontara,” “Indhan,” “Darshan,” “Chand aur Chandni,” “Phir Milenge Hum Dono,” “Shurjo Uthar Agey,” “Megher Pore Megh” and “Shesh Uttor.”
Her creative excellence also got her involved with costume designing and art direction for stage productions, while in 1960s she was an active performer of the then Drama Circle.
Hailed from a Zamindar family of Munshiganj, she was married to Zaman Ali Khan, the first producer of the then PTV in 1961.
Reshma left behind her son, voice artiste and reputed news reader Rahber Khan, and daughter in-law Farhana Mithu, a television, film and stage actor.