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Abdur Rahman - Renowned film actor and director.

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Rahman was born on February 27, 1937, in East Pakistan in Panchagarh, Rahman made his film debut in Ehtesham’s Bengali film, Ae Desh Tomar Amar in 1958 as a 21-year-old villain. Later on with Chanda (1962), Talaash (1963) and Bahana (1965), Rahman proved his mettle and went on to become one of the most popular actors in the then film industry of East and West Pakistan. It is notable that Ae Desh Tomar Amar also saw Jharna make her film debut as Shabnam and afterwards the Rahman-Shabnam jori became a popular duo for film goers as their films Talaash, Darshan, Chahat and Do Saathi became magnum-opus hits.

Before the partition of East and West Pakistan, he had turned director with Indhan in 1966 that was a success and paved his way for more directorial ventures such as Darshan (1967), Jahan Baje Shehnai (1968), Kangan (1969), Chahat (1974), Do Saathi (1975) and Milan, the last being his first film after his return to the newly formed Bangladesh. The suspense film Dhamaka, based on an Ibn-i-Safeeh novel and featuring the classic literary character Inspector Jamshed, was the biggest failure of his career. The film, produced by Maulana Hippy and directed by Qamar Zaidi in 1974, ensured that debutant Javed Sheikh stayed away from films for a decade while it also confirmed that Rahman was at his best in romantic-musicals.

In the 1960s, while riding on success both as an actor and director, his progress was halted by an accident which saw him lose one of his legs. He made a triumphant comeback with the help of an artificial limb and was successful afterwards as well. After the creation of Bangladesh, Rahman decided to continue his film career in Pakistan unlike other actors from the former East Pakistan. He detested action-oriented roles and was usually the hero who was thrashed by villains only to have the last laugh at the climax, either through a romantic tandem or through sheer luck. The most important factor in his success was that he not only directed films brilliantly but also acted the same way under renowned directors. His work with others included Sharif Nayyar’s Dosti, Nazrul Islam’s Pyaasa, Ehtishaam’s Chanda, Zaheer Rehan’s Bahana, Mostafiz’s Talaash, Akhtar Yusuf’s Sawan Aaya Par Tum Nahin Aaye and Iqbal Akhter’s Nadaan.

In the 1960s, while riding on success both as an actor and director, Rahman’s progress was halted by an accident which saw him lose one of his legs. He made a triumphant comeback with the help of an artificial limb and was successful afterwards as well. Rehman died in Dhaka on July 20, 2005 after long illness.

The loss of Rahman, who wasn’t very active after returning to Bangladesh, comes as quite a blow to Pakistan’s film buffs as well as a setback for the film industry of Bangladesh. Both the countries could have used his expertise as an advisor in combating the cheap and vulgar films that are being made these days. He was an expert at discovering talent while his musical sense made him an evergreen singing hero.

Memorable songs

Ye mausam ye mast nazaray (Bashir Ahmed — Darshan, 1967)
Din raat khayalon mein (Bashir Ahmed — Darshan)
Tujhe yaad (Bashir Ahmed — Darshan)
Tum jo mile pyar mila (Bashir Ahmed, Noor Jehan — Darshan)
Chal diye tum jo dil torr (Bashir Ahmed — Darshan)
Hum chale chorh kar (Bashir Ahmed — Darshan)
Tumhare liye iss dil mein (Bashir Ahmed — Darshan)
Accha kiya dil na diya (Ahmed Rushdi — Pyaasa, 1969)
Tu titli thi mein badal tha (Ahmed Rushdi — Pyaasa)
Teri jabeen se chaudvi ka (Ahmed Rushdi — Naadan, 1973)
Saawan aaye (Akhlaq Ahmed — Chahat, 1974)
Pyar bhare do sharmeele nain (Mehdi Hassan — Chahat)
Aise woh (Ghulam Abbas — Do Saathi, 1975)
Dekho yeh kaun aagaya (Akhlaq Ahmed — Do Saathi)

 

Place of birth: Panchagarh

Born: 27 February 1937

Died: 10 July, 2010, in Dhaka

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Occupation: Actor, Director

Notable work: In an era ruled by Waheed Murad, Mohammad Ali and later Nadeem, Rahman was the only Bengali actor-director to rule the box office with his romantic-musical films in the former West Pakistan film industry.

 

 

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Films

Year

Director

Role

JAHAN BAJE SHEHNAI

1968

Rahman

Actor, Director

AE DESH TOMAR AMAR

1959

Ehtesham

Actor

BAHANA

1965

Zahir Khan

Actor

RAJDHANI BUKEY

1961

Ehtesham

Actor

INDHAN

1966

Rahman

Actor, Director

DO SATHI

1975

Rahman

Actor, Director

SAWAN AAYA TUM NAHI AAEY

1974

Akhtar Yusuf

Actor

CHALO MAAN GAYAI

1970

Rahman

Actor, Director

MILAN

1978

M. A. Rasheed

Actor

DARSHAN

1967

Rahman

Actor, Director

NADAAN

1973

Iqbal Akhtar

Actor

GORI

1968

Nargis Mohsin

Actor

KANGAN

1969

Rahman

Actor, Director

CHANDA

1962

Ehtesham

Actor

HARANO DIN

1961

Mustafiz

Actor

AZAAN

1962

Fazal Haq

Actor

TALASH

1963

Mustafiz

Actor

NAIK PARVIN

1975

S. M. Yusuf

Actor

100 RIFLES

1981

Sharif Ali

Actor

JOAR BHATA

1969

Attaur Rahman

Actor

ANTHOGAN

1970

A. Jabbar Khan

Actor

KOODEVIDE

1983

P. Padmarajan

Actor

HYDER KHAN

1985

Yusuf Nasr

Actor

ANTARANGA

1970

Syed Awal

Actor

ANTARANGA

1970

Syed Awal

Actor

CHAHAAT

1974

Rahman

Actor, Director

QURBANI

1986

Tashkeel Lassi

Actor

MISS BOMBAY

1957

Kedar Kapoor

Actor

DOSTI

1971

Sharif Nayyar

Actor

PIYASA

1969

Nazrul Islam

Actor

MAMTA

1984

Yusuf Nasr

Actor

PRATIKAR

1969

Saifulla

Actor

DO TASWEERAIN

1974

Sibtain Fazli

Actor

NOTUN SUR

1962

Ehtesham

Actor

LAGAN

1981

Rahman

Actor, Director

MILAN

1964

Rahman

Actor, Director

DHAMAKA

1974

Qamar Zaidi

Actor

 

 


       

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