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“Unlike many artistes Fazlul Haque embraced rustic culture of the land”

Published : Monday, 14 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 186
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Shafiuzzaman Khan Lodi receiving his award from Syed Hasan Imama and Farooque. Anwara Syed Haq can also be seen on stage.

Shafiuzzaman Khan Lodi receiving his award from Syed Hasan Imama and Farooque. Anwara Syed Haq can also be seen on stage.

"Fazlul Haque was not like us who are elite-freaks. We preferred posh culture over rustic culture of our rural areas. Though, when we used to feel the heat against the onslaught of Hindi or Urdu films, we used to consider resorting back to our rural roots. Thus we adapted folk drama 'Rupban' for big screen and found huge success. However, now we have again distanced ourselves from our rural people. But Fazlul Haque was not like that. I visited him during his final days in Kolkata and even offered prayers for his departed soul at his grave there." These words are from cultural personality Syed Hasan Imam as he was speaking as a special guest at the award giving ceremony of Fazlul Haque Memorial Award 2018. The awarding ceremony scheduled for 2018 was pushed back for unwanted reasons and held on January 12, this year at a city hotel. Awardees are Mostofa Sarwar Farooki for filmmaking and Shafiuzzaman Khan Lodi for cine-journalism.
Continuing his speech Syed Hasan Imam said, "During the Liberation War in the face of Pakistani advancements we the aristocrats ran back to the villages and the villagers took us up warmly. But now again we have forgotten them and our films are still facing hurdles at box-office." He further added that Fazlul Haque was among those creative artistes who like to take up new unconventional challenges and right before the challenge is fulfilled these people find it too easy to continue and rather move towards other daunting tasks. These people leave their tasks incomplete, for others to take it on and improve it with ease.
Among others at the event, actor Akbar Khan Pathan Farooque said, "Fazlul Haque played a key-role in initiating filmmaking practice in the country. During the Pakistani regime the government was not eager to approve filmmaking in the then East-Pakistan due to uncongenial weather and dearth of creative artistes here. But Fazlul Haque with others persuaded Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to accept their pleas for filmmaking. Fazlul Haque, as he was already publishing the region's first publication on films played a key role in assuring Bangabandhu about the talents present here as a result of which Bangabandhu presented their proposal before the parliament and it was passed in 1957."
Actress Sujata said that the first commercially successful film in Bangla from Bangladesh was Rupban, which was first taken up by Fazlul Haque for making. But later director Salahuddin showed eagerness to develop the film and Fazlul Haque gave up the project for him.

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