Noted actor and Ekushey Padak winner Abu Taher Mohammad Shamsuzzaman passed away on Saturday at his residence at Sutrapur in the capital.
Shamsuzzaman, who won the Ekushey Padak in 2015, breathed his last at 8:00am after suffering from old age complications for a long time, family sources said.An Ekushey Padak winning artist, ATM Shamsuzzaman also won the National Film Awards for five times during his long career.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Shamsuzzaman.
In a condolence message, the President said, “The death of ATM Shamsuzzaman is an irreparable loss to the cultural arena of the country.”
He said, “People will remember his contribution to flourishing the non-communal spirit in Bangladesh with due respect.”
The President prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
In a condolence message, Sheikh Hasina said the popular actor will remain alive in the hearts of the people through his extraordinary performance.The Prime Minister prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury also expressed deep shock and sorrow at his death.
People from all walks of life paid their last respects to the noted actor as his body was kept at Sutrapur Community Centre after Johr prayers. He was buried at Jurain Graveyard after Asr prayers.
Besides wife, he left behind three daughters, two sons and a host of relatives to mourn his death.
Earlier on February 17, Shamsuzzaman, also a television personality, was admitted to a city hospital due to breathing difficulty. He returned home from the hospital on Friday.
Born on September 10, 1941 in Noakhali’s Daulatpur, ATM Shamsuzzaman made his debut in the media as an assistant director in 1961, with Udayan Choudhuy’s film ‘Bishkonya’.
He made his television debut in 1965. He captured the attention of audiences by acting in a negative role in Amzad Hossain’s film ‘Noyonmoni’, in 1976.
The actor, director and screen-playwright was awarded with prestigious Bangladesh National Film award five times for his outstanding performance in many films.
He played key roles in various films, including Boro Bou, Abuj Mon, Ora 11 jon, Slogan, Swapan Diye Ghera, Sangram, Bhul Jakhan Bhanglo, Choker Jole, Latial, Obhagi, Nayonmoni, Jadur Banshi, Golapi Ekhon Traine, Oshikkhito, Surya Dighal Bari, Chuitr Ghanta, Lal Kajol, Puraskar, Princes Tina Khan, Ramer Sumoti, Dhaka-86, Dayee K? Rajluxmi Srikanth, Dolna, Padma Meghna Jamuna, Ojante, Madm Fuli, Churiwala, Swapner Nayak, Tomar Janya Pagol, Shahshurbari Jindabad, Jamai Shashur, Adhiar, Shasti, Molla Barir Bou, Hazar Bachhar Dhore, Amar Swapna Tumi, Dadima, Ayna, Dacter Bari, Chander Moto Bou, Mon Bosena Porar Tabile and Ebadat.
Awami League general secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader also expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Ekushey Padak winner actor ATM Shamsuzzaman.
Expressing profound shock, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud in a condolence message, said, “People will remember Shamsuzzaman forever for his unique and proficient acting skills.”
In a separate message, State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan also expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of noted actor ATM Shamsuzzaman.
Immediately after his demise, people from all walks of life as well as different political parties and leaders expressed their shock and sent condolences.
A number of cabinet members also expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the National Film Award winner actor.
Cabinet members, including AKM Mozammel Haque, Dr Abdur Razzak, Anisul Haque, Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Md Shahab Uddin, Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, SM Rezaul Karim, Zahid Maleque, Md Tajul Islam, Md Zahid Ahsan Russell, KM Khalid and Md Mahbub Ali, among others, expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of ATM Shamsuzzaman.
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Parliament GM Quader, Deputy Leader of Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Awami League Advisory Council Member and 14-Party Alliance Spokesperson Amir Hossain Amu and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haque Inu also expressed grief and prayed for the eternal peace of the soul of the deceased.