Adieu, ATM Shamsuzzaman

22 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangla movie has lost a fine actor as ATM Shamsuzzaman breathed his last after suffering from old age complications. The demise of the actor par excellence, perhaps, heralds the end of an era of Bangladeshi cinema. He was particularly noted for successfully playing the traditional villainous roles like the village morol, evil uncle or cruel father of the hero or heroine putting thorns on the path of true love, etc., to spice up the storyline to enthrall the viewers. In fact, the very name of ATM Shamsuzzaman conjures up the image of the quintessential villain of the Bangladeshi screen.

He was such a convincing actor in the villainous roles he played, that moviemakers soon typecast him as the villain in most movies and dramas. Sadly, he could not break the mold to be cast in more variety of roles most of his long career. Though it denied the fine actor very little opportunity to display his versatility as an actor, it made him a huge star.

Sometimes the negative roles he played were spiced with humour by the fine actor adding witty nuances and gestures which typically personified him to his huge fan followers as he did real justice to the role of the funny villain in many movies. We cannot forget ATM, as he was popularly known in the filmy circle, because of his famous characterisations of the traditional Bangla movie villains.

Many others followed in his footsteps, trying to emulate him without much success, as there can be only one ATM Shamsuzzaman and none can replace him nor be like him. In recognition of his talent, stardom and outstanding contributions to the Bangladesh film industry, he was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2015, and won the Bangladesh National Film Award five times.

We pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul and wish his family and friends to receive the consolation that actor ATM Shamsuzzaman achieved much as a professional and his place can never be truly filled by another.