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Khan Ata: A legend of film industry in Bangladesh

A tribute to Khan Ataur Rahman on death anniversary today
Staff Correspondent
01 Dec 2022 00:00:00 | Update: 01 Dec 2022 12:58:27
Khan Ata: A legend of film industry in Bangladesh

Khan Ataur Rahman popularly known as Khan Ata, is an icon of Bangladeshi cinema. His films were a source of great inspiration during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. He was an actor, director, producer, screenplay writer, composer and singer, who established the foundation of our film industry. We remember this heroic figure of our nation on his 25th death anniversary today.

In 1963, Rahman made his directorial debut with the film ‘Anek Diner Chena’. In addition to acting, Rahman was a songwriter with over 500 compositions, some of which remain popular.

He received the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Screenplay for the films ‘Sujon Sokhi’ (1975) and ‘Danpite Chhele’ (1980). He was awarded Ekushey Padak posthumously in 2003 by the Government of Bangladesh.

As director

Anek Diner Chena (1964)

Raja Sanyasi (1966)

Nawab Sirajuddaula (1967)

Sat Bhai Champa (1967)

Soye Nadia Jage Pani (1968, Urdu)

Joar Bhata (1969)

Arun Barun Kiranmala (1969)

Sukdukha (1973)

Abar Tora Manush Ho (1973)

Sujon Sokhi (1975)

Din Jay Kotha Thake (1979)

Arshinagar (1987)

Parash Pathar (1987)

Ekhono Onek Raat (1997)

As actor

Jago Hua Savera (1959, as Anis)

Ei Desh Tomar Amar (1959)

Je Nadi Maro Pothey (1961)

Kokhono Asheni (1961)

Kancher Deyal (1963)

Nawab Sirajuddaula (1967)

Sat Bhai Champa (1967)

Moner Moto Bou (1969)

Jibon Theke Neya (1970)

Abar Tora Manush Ho (1973)

Sujon Sokhi (1975)

Chhutir Ghonta (1980)

Choto Bou (1990)

As composer

Ei Desh Tomar Amar (1959)

Kokhono Asheni (1961)

Kancher Deyal (1963)

Sangam (1964, Urdu)

Bahana (1965, Urdu)

Nawab Sirajuddaula (1967)

Soye Nadia Jage Pani (1968, Urdu)

Arun Barun Kironmala (1969)

Joar Bhata (1969)

Moner Moto Bou (1969)

Jibon Theke Neya (1970)

Abar Tora Manush Ho (1973)

Sujon Sokhi (1975)

Khan Ataur Rahman was born on 11 December 1928 in Ramkantapur, Manikganj, British India. He was previously married to Nilufar Yasmin, Mahbuba Rahman and Wheaton, Shirley. He died on 1 December 1997 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.