Legendary film actress Sarah Begum Kabori passed away at Sheikh Russel National Gastroliver Institute and Hospital in the capital on early Saturday.
She was 70.The National Film Award-winning actress had tested positive for coronavirus on April 5 and was taken to Kurmitola General Hospital. She was shifted to intensive care unit (ICU) at Sheikh Russel hospital on Apr 8, as her condition worsened.
She had also been suffering from kidney ailments and the coronavirus infection left her lungs severely damaged.
Actors and filmmakers of the country expressed their deep shock at the demise of Kabori.
Actor, producer and director Alamgir said, ‘Kabori was an icon of Bangladeshi film. I have a lot of memories with her. After the demise of Kabori the country has lost a versatile actor and her death is an irreparable loss to the film industry.”
Renowned actress Farida Akhtar Babita said, “I had opportunity to share screen with Kabori in Shirajul Islam’s ‘Shonar Horin’ and Gazi Mahbubur Rahama-directed ‘Raja Shurja Kha’. She was a wonderful artiste. She will remain alive among the Bengali film lovers.”
Dhallywood superstar Shakib Khan said, “Kabori apa was a torchbearer of Bangladeshi cinema. I have a lot of memories with the legendary actress. I lost my favourite actress as well as one of my guardians. She will remain alive through her works as it is immaterial whether he is alive or not. Her legacy will live on.”Besides, eminent cultural personalities of the country, including actors, film directors, producers, lyricists, screenwriters mourn the death of the great artiste. Actors Shabana, Shohel Rana, Omar Sani, Amit Hasan, Suborna Mustafa, Misha Sawdagar, Anojona, Aruna Biswas, Jaya Ahsan, Ferdous, Symon Sadik, Bappy Chowdhury, Chanchal Chowdhury, Bubly, Siam Ahmed, Purnima, Ujjal, Zayed Khan, Shahnaz Khushi, film directors Malek Afsari, Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, Shohanur Rahman Shohan, producer Khorshed Alam Khosru, music director Gazi Mazharul Anwar, singers Syed Abdul Hadi, Khurshid Alam, Runa Laila, Sabina Yasmin, Kumar Bishwajit, Shafiq Tuhin, among others, expressed deep shock at the death of Kabori.
Popular actress Kabori was born on July 19, 1950 at Boalkhali in Chattogram.
She started her acting at the age of 14 with renowned filmmaker Subhas Dutta’s ‘Shutorang’ in 1964. During her chequered career, she worked with several actors, including, Farooque, Bulbul Ahmed, Razzak, Alamgir, Sohel Rana, Ujjal, Wasim, Khan Ataur Rahman, Golam Mustafa, Anwar Hossain and ATM Shamsuzzaman.
But, the movies in which she paired up with Nayok Raj Razzak became classics in the history of Bangladeshi cinema. The Razzak- Kabori pair is considered the best pair in Bangladeshi cinema.
Kabori also made her mark in many films, including, ‘Neel Akasher Neeche’, ‘Mainamati’, ‘Dheu-er Por Dheu’, ‘Porichoy’, ‘Odhikar', ‘Beiman’, ‘Abak Prithibi’, ‘Sonali Akash’, ‘Deep Nebhe Nai’, ‘Bahana’, ‘Heeramon’, ‘Nishi Holo Bhor’, ‘Abirbhab’, ‘Titash Ekti Nodir Naam’, ‘Sareng Bou’, ‘Shujon Shokhi’, ‘Koto Je Minoti’, ‘Kach Kata Hire’, ‘Rong Baaz’, ‘Bodhu Biday’, ‘Masud Rana’ and ‘Devdas’.
In 1971, Kabori went to Kolkata where she played an important role in creating public opinion in favour of Bangladesh's independence, speaking at various meetings and events while also organising cultural programmes.
After returning to the new-born country, her focus turned to acting in films.
Kabori received the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Sareng Bou (1978).
Kabori made her directorial debut in 2006 with the film ‘Aina’. She later began working on ‘Ei Tumi Se Tumi’, her second film as director, with a grant from the government in fiscal year 2018-2019 but has left it unfinished.
She was elected as a member of parliament from the Narayanganj-4 constituency as Awami League politician in 2008 and served until 2014.