Remembering Humayun Ahmed: Whose magic still continues
Humayun Ahmed Sir was the figure who brought significant influence in my life just after my father. I am so unfortunate that life didn't give me the opportunity to meet him in person. I became his fan just after reading his books. I was highly influenced by him, he has been my favourite lyricist, film director and the impact still continues.
Couple of days back, in a rainy afternoon, I was working with my research article. I badly experienced some interruption on my internet connection. That compelled me to stop writing & to search something worth watching from my old files & folders stored in my computer. Then I found Dui Duari, an old Bangla movie filmed by Humayun Ahmed Sir which was released back in 2000.
Not only mine, this Bangladeshi professor, novelist, screen-writer, film-director, author and charming personality have won the hearts of millions at home and abroad. People from West Bengal are also amazed by his creative skills.
I can still remember, when I watched this film for the very first time, I was a student of 11th or 12th grade. Later I watched it couple of times. And after a long, recently, while I was watching it once again, the only question went on my mind: "How could a man create such a classic so many years back?" Miss you, Sir. It was only you who could plot such a story & to visualize it as well.
Why Humayun Ahmed Sir is so close to our heart?
He was the person who portrayed the happiness, agony, love, break-up, depression, dream of the Bangladeshi middle-class people.
When we were perturbed, we used to look for peace through his works. He educated us how to dream even at the most crucial moments of life. Each time, I had read his creations, or watched his films, it just made me to wonder - how he read our personal diaries!
He was connected with his audiences with a supernatural way.
He was a professor of the greatest university of this country. But his passion for making films, his love for writing & plotting dramas drove him to quit the academic arena & to fully concentrate on his zeal. He left the lucrative professorship of Dhaka University & engaged himself fully on his creative works. That was the space where he found true happiness at some point in life. This is how an academic transformed into a fulltime film-maker. And the ultimate result was - the magic he had been cast over his audience for three decades, it was extended to four decades and the legacy still continues. His TV and literary figures - Himu, Misir Ali, Rupa, Ranu, Nilu, Baker Bhai, Majeda Khala and many other had lived in our neighbourhood. We found ourselves in his portraits.
It is has been seven years since he left us for eternity. He has left physically, but his soul belongs to us. On this month of his demise, remembering this great litterateur with love and respect.
Sir, wherever you are, 'Badol Diner prothom Kodom Phul' will always be for you.'
The writer is lecturer, School of Business, Presidency University