Renowned actor Humayun Faridi passes away

Family sources said the actor had a fall at the bathroom of his daughter’s residence in the city’s Dhanmondi area and breathed his last in the morning.

He was suffering from respiratory problem for the last few days and received treatment at a city hospital two weeks ago.

The first namaz-e-janaza for the acting maestro was held in front of his residence at Dhanmondi at 12pm today.

His body will be taken to BTV complex at Rampura and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (FDC) where separate janazas for the popular actor will be held. Later, his body will be kept at Birdem mortuary. The body will be taken to the central Shaheed Minar on Tuesday morning for people to pay their last tribute to the celebrated actor.

President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia, in their separate condolence messages, expressed deep shock at the death of the talented actor.

The President said the demise of Humayun Faridi is an irreparable loss to the country’s cultural arena and the nation would always remember his contributions to building a progressive society.

The President also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sincere sympathy to the bereaved family members.

Terming the death of Faridi is an irreversible loss to the country, Sheikh Hasina said, “Contributions of the actor to building a non-communal and progressive society will ever be remembered.

The premier prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.

In her condolence message, Khaleda Zia said a pall of gloom descended on allover the country following the demise of the famous actor. “Humayun Faridi will always remain alive in the hearts of people for his extraordinary performing skills,” she added.

The opposition leader also conveyed her profound sympathy to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Speaker Abdul Hamid, Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Cultural Minister Abul Kalam Azad, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Dr Shirin Sharmin, State Minister for Cultural Affairs Promod Mankin and leaders of different political parties also expressed profound shock at the death of the great actor.

Born in Dhaka on May 29, 1952, Humayun Faridi was very well-known for his outstanding performances in theatre, TV drama and films of the country. He played a vital role in making the Bangladeshi drama and cinema popular. His acting career started with theatre.

Faridi was a student of Economics in Jahangirnagar University and during his university life, he was a close associate of eminent playwright late Selim Al-Deen.

Faridi was one of the principal organisers of 1976 Drama Festival of Jahangirnagar University. He became a member of Dhaka Theatre during his student life.

Faridi later performed in numerous television dramas and earned extreme popularity for his character 'Kan Kata Ramjan' from the novel 'Shongshoptok' during the 90s.

Faridi was also well-known for his extraordinary roles in dramas like Pathar Shomoy (1989), Dui Bhai (1990), Shiter Pakhi (1991), Kothao Keu Nei (1990), Shomudre Gangchil (1993) and Kachher Manush.In the middle of his career, he joined films and won the hearts of millions by his work. Some of his prominent movies are Hulia,Dohon, Shontrash, Bachelor, Joy Jatra Shamolchaya, Bhohubrihi, Ekattorer Jishu, Mayer Morjada and Aha.

Faridi was married to Suborna Mustafa, another famous actress of Bangladesh. They got divorced in 2008. Since then, he led a lonely life.

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