Humayun Faridi to receive posthumous Ekushey Padak

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Versatile thespian Humayun Faridi will be rewarded with a posthumous Ekushey Padak for his unparalleled contribution in the field of acting. A press release issued by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs confirmed the news recently.

Signed by TM Musa Talukder, assistant secretary of the Cultural Ministry, the press release stated that the award will be handed over by prime minister Sheikh Hasina on February 20 in an award ceremony, which will be held at Dhaka’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

Born Humayun Kamrul Islam, Faridi owned the hearts of millions with his brilliant portrayal of ever green characters including the likes of “Kan Kata Ramjan” in Shangshaptak (1987-88) and the shy teacher in Ekdin Hothat (1986). One was a man with a twisted personality and the other was a person who could inspire people to achieve greatness.

The versatile thespian left the world in 2012 but certainly is not forgotten. He is remembered by legions of fans and followers to date. His immensely successful career in television was not only transposed well over to the celluloid world, but he surpassed, in many ways, the already enormous achievements he had amassed from his works in TV. In features films on big screens he became unparalleled in playing a villain.

Humayun Faridi was born in Narinda, old town to his parents ATM Nurul Islam and Begum Farida Islam. He joined the department of Organic Chemistry in University of Dhaka, but he could not complete his degree because of the liberation war of Bangladesh.

After 71, Faridi got into Jahangirnagar University in Economics and there he was a close associate of Selim Al-Deen, a legendary playwright and theatre artist of Bangladesh.

Humayun Faridi was one of the pioneer organisers of Drama Festivals of Jahangirnagar University in 1976. At the same time, he also joined the Dhaka Theatre while he was studying in the university and that was the turning point which gave earned huge popularity and recognition.

He made his television debut through drama, Nil Nakshar Shandaney in 1982.

His extraordinary roles in different dramas like “Songsaptak” (1987-88), “Pathar Shomoy” (1989), “Dui Bhai” (1990), “Shiter Pakhi” (1991), “Kothao Keu Nei” (1990), “Shomudre Gangchil” (1993) and “Kachher Manush” are still widely remembered by the audience.

He entered the film industry in the 90’s and did many films including “Dohon,” “Hulia,” “Shontrash,” “Bachelor,” “Ekattorer Jishu,” “Mayer Morjada,” “Palabi Kothay” and “Aha.”

He won the National Film Award in 2004 for his performance in the film “Matritwa.”

His last film was 2011’s “Meherjaan,” in which he co-starred with actress Jaya Bachchan. He was also an orator who performed in many stage shows.

Faridi breathed his last on the first day of Spring in the Bengali calender, on February 13, 2012.