Anwarul Islam (known as Baby Islam; 1931 – 24 May 2010)[2][3] was a Bangladeshi cinematographer and film director. He won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Cinematography for the film Charitraheen (1975).[4]

Baby Islam
বেবী ইসলাম
Anwarul Islam

Died24 May 2010(2010-05-24) (aged 78–79)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
OccupationCinematographer and film director
Spouse(s)Tanda Islam[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Islam was born in 1931 in Murshidabad, West Bengal to Abdul Hossain Biswas and Motaharun Nessa. He went to a missionary school in Sealdah and moved to Cathedral Mission High School. He matriculated in 1945 before attending Bangabasi College, under the University of Calcutta.[2]


Islam started his career as the assistant of Bengali film director Ajoy Kar.[3] In 1956, he joined as a senior photographer at the Information Department in Dhaka.[3] He served as the general manager of Film Development Corporation (FDC).[3]

Islam was the cinematographer of notable films including Harano Sur, Bor Didi, Saptapadi, Saat Paake Bandha and Kabuliwala. He worked with filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak on two films, Titash Ekti Nadir Naam and Jukti Takko Aar Gappo.[5]

He received the Meril-Prothom Alo Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to the Bangladeshi Film Industry.[6]




  1. ^ "The story behind a movie". The Daily Star. 5 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Baby Islam's 5th death anniversary today". The Daily Observer. 24 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "We Lost This Year". The Daily Star. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d জাতীয় চলচ্চিত্র পুরস্কার প্রাপ্তদের নামের তালিকা (১৯৭৫-২০১২) [List of the winners of National Film Awards (1975-2012)]. Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ অনেক বড় একটি জায়গা শূন্য হলো [A Space is void]. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 27 May 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Meril-Prothom Alo Award ceremony held". The Daily Star. 11 April 2009.
  7. ^ "Revisiting 'Kabori Road'". The Daily Star. 18 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Ekatoorer Jishu (Jesus'71): A great cinematic tale reminding us of the secular spirit of the Liberation War". Dhaka Tribune. 24 December 2019.
  9. ^ Gazdar, Mushtaq (1997). Pakistan Cinema, 1947-1997. Oxford University Press. p. 253. ISBN 0-19-577817-0.

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