Chashi Nazrul Islam

Chashi Nazrul Islam (11 October 1941 – 11 January 2015)[1][2] was a Bangladeshi film director and producer. He won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Director twice for the films Shuvoda (1986) and Hangor Nodi Grenade (1997).[3] He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2004 by the Government of Bangladesh.[4]

Chashi Nazrul Islam
চাষী নজরুল ইসলাম
Zafor Firoze and Chashi.jpg
Chashi Nazrul Islam with Director Zafor Firoze
Born(1941-10-11)11 October 1941
Died11 January 2015(2015-01-11) (aged 73)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1963–2014
Kaniz Salma Islam
(m. 1969)

Early life and careerEdit

Islam was born on 23 October 1941 at Shomoshpur village in Sreenagar Upazila of Munshiganj to Mosleh Uddin Khan and Shayesta Khanom. He was the eldest among four brothers and three sisters. His father was a service holder at Jamshedpur, India. At the age of 16, his father died. He got a job at the office of his uncle, the then auditor general of Pakistan. He was a member of the theatre organisation Krishti Sangha.[2] After Islam got laid off from that job, he started to perform on radio programs in 1965.

Islam's brother in law Syed Awal, who was the chief assistant of director Fateh Lohani, introduced him to Lohani.[2] He was first cast in a minor acting role in Asiya (1961).[2] He got his breakthrough as an assistant director to Obaidul Huq in the film Dui Diganto (1964).[2] At the same time, he directed and voiced radio dramas including Ramer Sumoti, Socrates and Sakhina Birangana.[2]

Islam served as the chairman of the Bangladesh Film Director's Association, as a member of the censor board and of the joint production committee.[2]


At age 73, Islam died of liver cancer at the Labaid Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11 January 2015.[5] Two of his films released after his death, Ontorongo (6 December 2015) and Bhul Jodi Hoy (8 January 2016).[2]


Year Film Notes
1972 Ora Egaro Jon First film on Bangladeshi Liberation War
1974 Sangram
1975 Bhalo Manush
1978 Bajimat
1982 Devdas
1985 Chandrakotha
1986 Shuvoda
1986 Lady Smuggler
1987 Miah Bhai
1987 Behula Lakhindar
1988 Biraha Betha
1988 Mahajuddha
1989 Basona
1990 Danga Fasad
1991 Padma Meghna Jamuna
1993 Desh Jati Zia Documentary
1995 Ajker Protibad
1995 Shilpi
1997 Hangor Nodi Grenade
2001 Hason Raja
2002 Kamalpurer Juddha
2004 Megher Pore Megh
2004 Shasti
2006 Shuva
2006 Dhrubotara [6]
2011 Dui Purush
2013 Devdas Remake
2015 Antaranga Cast: Mamnun Hasan Emon, Debut film of Alisha Pradhan
2016 Bhul Jodi Hoi Cast: Mamnun Hasan Emon, Alisha Pradhan, Samraat


Year Award Title Category Film
2009 Bachsas Awards Life Time Achievement[7]
2005 International Kalakar Award Best Director
2005 BCRA Award Best Director
2004 Ekushey Padak Contribution to Bangladeshi films
2003 Binodan Bichitra Award Best Director
2003 Indo-Bangla Kala Music Award Zahir Raihan Lifetime Achievement Award[8]
2003 Trab Award
2003 Genesis Nazrul Honorary Award
2003 CJFB Award Best Director
1997 National Film Awards Best Director Hangor Nodi Grenade
1997 Tarokalok Award
1995 Bangladesh Social Welfare Award
1995 Zahir Raihan Gold Medal
1995 Jagadish Chandra Basu Gold Medal
1989 Bangladesh Film Critics Award Best Director Biraha Byatha
1989 Cine Directorial Social Welfare Award
1989 Bangladesh National Youth Organisation Federation Award
1988 Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Award
1987 National Film Awards Best Director Shuvoda
1985 Cine Directorial Associates
1974 Bachsas Awards Best Director Songram


  1. ^ "Chashi Nazrul passes away". The Daily Star. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Chashi Nazrul Islam - In loving memory". The Daily Star. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  3. ^ জাতীয় চলচ্চিত্র পুরস্কার প্রাপ্তদের নামের তালিকা (১৯৭৫-২০১২) [List of the winners of National Film Awards (1975-2012)]. Government of Bangladesh (in Bengali). Bangladesh Film Development Corporation. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Noted filmmaker Chashi Nazrul passes away". Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Subarno Kazi: Carrying on the legacy of Nazrul". The Daily Star. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  7. ^ বাচসাস চলচ্চিত্র পুরস্কার পেলেন রাজ্জাক-কবরী জুটি. Kaler Kantho (in Bengali). 27 December 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  8. ^ Shilpi Mahalanobish (23 April 2004). "Bridging the cultural divide: Indo-Bangla Kala Music Award 2003 held in New York". The Daily Star. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

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