Farida Akhtar Poppy, known by her stage name Babita, (born 30 July 1953) is a Bangladeshi film actress. She is best known for her performance in Satyajit Ray's Distant Thunder, a novel adaptation about the Bengal famine of 1943, which won the Golden Bear prize at the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival in 1973. She was active in the 1970s through 1990s as an actress in Bangladeshi films. She acted in 275 films.
Farida Akhter Poppy
30 July 1953
|Children||Anik Islam (son)|
|Awards||National Film Awards|
After winning the National Film Award in 1975, she won three consecutive best actress prizes. She won Best Actor in 1986, Best Producer in 1997 and Best Supporting Actress Award twice in 2002 and 2012. In addition, she was awarded the lifetime achievement award of the National Film Award in the year 2016. In 2023, Bob Dubey, the mayor of Richardson, a city in North Texas, officially declared August 5 as "Babita Day" in honor of her.
Early life edit
Babita, nicknamed Poppy, was born to a family that had its origins in the west-Bangladeshi district of Jessore, Bangladesh. Her father Nizamuddin Ataub was a government officer and mother Jahan Ara Begum was a doctor. They were in Bagerhat due to their father's job. She has three sisters and three brothers. Babita's mother studied in Lady Brabourne College in Calcutta. In an interview with the Independent newspaper in 2004, Babita says that it was Afzal Chowdhury who suggested the screen name Babita for her. In another interview with the Daily Star in 2005, she mentions that Zahir Raihan originally casts her for the film Shongshaar. A different version of the story is that she adopted the name after appearing in Ehtesham's film Pitch Dhala Path.
Babita's brother-in-law Zahir Raihan first cast her for his film Jaltey Suraj Ka Nichey. The film was not completed in the end but she found a break-through into the Dhaka film industry. Her first released feature was Shesh Porjonto. Among the three sisters and three brothers are elder sister Shuchanda who is a film actress, elder brother Shaheedul Islam is an Electrical Engineer, currently living in Australia, another brother Iqbal Islam is a Pilot officer, younger sister Champa is a film actress and younger brother Ferdous Islam is currently living in the United States.
Babita studied in her early days at Dawood Public School in Jessore. During her studies there, due to her sister's arrival in the film, she came to Dhaka with her family. Later she studied in Gloria School. She earned proficiency in English, including some foreign languages. She refined herself to the level of an ideal artist.
Personal life edit
Babita's notable work includes Shukhe Thako, Taka Anna Pai, Shorolipi, Manusher Mon, Pich Dhala Path, Noyon Moni, Jonmo Theke Jolchi and Anarkoli. Her acting gained the attention of the Indian director Satyajit Ray. In 1973, Ray cast Babita in Ashani Sanket ("Distant Thunder"), his film about the Bengal famine of 1943. Babita appeared in the lead role of Ananga, the demure wife of the village doctor Gangacharan, who was played by long-time Ray favorite Soumitra Chatterjee.
Babita acted in number of joint venture film projects in her career, namely: a Canada Bollywood-Bangladesh joint production film Durdesh in 1983 (Gehri Chot - Urf: Durdesh in Hindi) opposite Nadeem Baig (actor) and also Pakistan-Bangladesh joint venture film Miss Lanka (Nadaani in Urdu) in 1985. Ashani Sanket won the Golden Bear prize at the 1973 Berlin Film Festival. Babita's performance was central to the film.
Babita also acted in Arunodoyer Agnishakkhi (1972) by Subhash Dutta, Dhire Bohe Meghna (1973) by Alamgir Kabir, Golapi Ekhon Trainey (1978) by Amjad Hossain, Dahan (1986) by Sheikh Niamat Ali, and Dipu Number Two (1996) by Morshedul Islam.
Babita made her debut as a child actor in the Songsar film of Zahir Raihan starring elder sister Shuchanda. In this film she plays the daughter of Razzaq and Shuchanda. Her primary name in the film was "Subarna". She acted in a television drama called "Kalam" at that time. Her name became "Babita" when she appeared in Zaheer Raihan's film "Jalte Suraj Ki Niche". In the role of the first heroine in 1969, she starred in the film. The film was released on 14 August 1969 and on that day her mother died. Throughout the 70's, she established herself as one of the best actresses of the decade.
Since 2000 edit
In 2002, Babita won a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Hason Raja, Chashi Nazrul Islam's biopic of the Bengali folk-poet. She has also formed her own film-production company and has expressed an interest in directing in the future.
Babita has campaigned actively on behalf of various social causes in Bangladesh. Notable among the causes she has supported the campaign against throwing acid on women; the national immunization drive for children; and a support group for children who suffer from leukemia. Starting in 2011, Babita began working with Distressed Children & Infants International as a goodwill ambassador.
After the commercial success of Teen Kannya (1985), a film produced by Babita's elder sister Shuchanda, Babita became interested in producing films and hence launched a film production house named "Babita Movies." Some of Babita's produced films include Ful Shojja, Agomon, Lady Smuggler (a Bangladesh-Pakistan-Nepal joint venture film), Lottery and Poka Makorer Ghor Bosoti (a Bangladesh Government sponsored film).
|1968||Songsar||Layla||Nurol Haq & Mustafa Mehmud||Acting as the first film, child artist|
|Peec Dhala Poth||Ghoshhtesham||child artist|
|1969||Shesh Porjonto||First central character|
|1970||Taka Ana Pai||Rina||Babul Chowdhury|
|Santan||E R Khan|
|Jaltey Suraj Ke Neeche||Zahir Raihan, Nurul Hoque||Urdu|||
|1972||Orunodoyer Ogni Sakkhi||Romena||Subhash Dutta|
|Manusher Mon||Mustafa Mehmud|
|Iye kore biye||Shova||Yousuf Jahir|
|1973||Distant Thunder||Ongan Bau||Satyajit Ray|
|Abar Tora Manush Ho||Romena||Subhash Dutta|
|Dhire Bohe Meghna||Anita Gupta||Alamgir Kabir|
|Rater Pore Din||Mohsin|
|1974||Alor Michil||Narayan Ghosh MGa|
|Shesh Hote Shuru||Motiur Rahman Panu|
|1975||Badi Theke Begum||Chadni||Mohsin||Winner: National Film Award for Best Actress|
|Lathiyal||Banu||Narayan Ghosh Mita|
|1976||Ek Mutho Vat||Ibne Mijan|
|Ki Je Kori||Shahana Chowdhury||Johurul Haque|
|Noyonmoni||Moni||Amjad Hossain||Winner: National Film Award for Best Actress|
|Bosundhara||Chobi||Subhash Dutta||The first film opposite Elias Kanchan
Winner: National Film Award for Best Actress
|Ashami Hajir||Dewan Nazrul|
|Golapi EKhon Traine||Golapi||Amjad Hossain|
|Fokir Majnu Shah||Daroshiko|
|Dumurer Ful||Subhash Datta|
|Bela Shesher Gaan||Jibon Chowdhury & Nurul Islam bachchu|
|Surjo Sangram||Abdus Samad|
|1980||Ekhoni Somoy||Abdullah Al Mamun|
|Protigga||A J Mintu|
|1981||Jonmo Theke Jolchi||Amjad Hossain|
|1982||Nat bou||Chotku Ahmed|
|Boro Barir Meye||Abdus Samad Khokon & Amjad Hossain|
|1983||Door-Desh||Pingki Khanna||Ambrish Sangal|
|Notun Bou||Abdul Latif Bachchu|
|Nag Purnima||Laci||Masud Parvej|
|Laily Mojnu||Laily||Ibne Mijan|
|1984||Penshon||Khuki||Rafiqul Bari Chowdhury|
|1985||Tin konna||Boby||Shibli Sadiq|
|Dahan||Aivi||Sheikh Niyamot Ali||Winner: Bachasas Award for Best Actress|
|Miss Lanka||Iqbal Akhter|
|Ramer Sumoti||Narayoni||Shohidul Amin||Winner: National Film Award for Best Actress|
|Sohel rana||Nosru Noman|
|1986||Miss Bangkok||Nur Uddin Jahangir & Iqbal Akhter|
|1987||Lady Smuggler||Fayyaz||Shamin Ara||Urdu|
|Pothe Holo Dekha||Hafiz Uddin|
|1989||Biroho Byatha||Surjomukhi||Chashi Nazrul Islam|
|Biranggona Sokhina||Motin Rahman|
|1991||Padma Meghna Jamuna||Saju||Chashi Nazrul Islam|
|1994||Golapi Ekhon Dhakay||Golapi||Amjad Hossain|
|1995||Mohamilon||Shahana Mollik||Dilip Som|
|1996||Jibon Songsar||Jakir Hossain Raju|
|Dipu Number Two||MS Rowshon||Morshedul Islam|
|Poka Makorer Ghor Bosoti||Akhtarujjaman||Winner: National Film Award for Best Actress|
|Mayer Odhikar||Asha Siddiqa||Shibli Sadiq|
|Sopner Prithibi||Sultana||Badol Khandakar|
|2015||Putro Ekhon Paisawala||Nargis Akhter|||
Babita won three consecutive National Film Awards for three consecutive years. She received the Best Actress Award from the Bangla Film Journalist Association for her performance in Satyajit Ray's Distant Thunder film. Besides, she has received numerous awards, both public and private. That is why she was called a 'prize daughter'. She participated in the International Film Festival for the most number of Bangladeshi delegates.
|1975||Bangladesh National Film Awards||Best Actress||Bandi Theke Begum||Won|
|1976||Bangladesh National Film Awards||Best Actress||Noyonmoni||Won|
|1977||Bangladesh National Film Awards||Best Actress||Basundhara (film)||Won|
|1985||Bangladesh National Film Awards||Best Actress||Ramer Sumoti||Won|
|1996||Bangladesh National Film Awards||Best film producer||Poka Makorer Ghor Bosoti||Won|
|2002||Bangladesh National Film Awards||Best side character actress||Hason Raja||Won|
|2011||Bangladesh National Film Awards||Best side character actress||Ke Apon Ke Por||Won|
|2016||Bangladesh National Film Awards||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|
|1972||Jahir Rayhan Padak||Won|
|1989||Ershad Padak||Won |
|1993||Bangladesh Film Directors Association||Special prize||Distant Thunder||Won|
|2012||Bangladesh National Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Ke Apon Ke Por||Won|
|2002||Dhallywood Music & Film Lifetime Achievement Award||Best Actress||Won|
|2009||Dhallywood Music & Film Lifetime Achievement Award||Best Actress||Won|
|1993||Bengal Film Journalists Association Award, India||Best Actress||Distant Thunder||Won|
|1983||National Film Award of Pakistan||Best Actress||Naadani (Miss Lanka)||Won|
|1974||Bangladesh Cine Journalists Association Award (Bachsas Awards)||Best Actress||Won|
|1977||Bangladesh Cine Journalists Association Award (Bachsas Awards)||Best Actress||Won|
|1980||Bangladesh Cine Journalists Association Award (Bachsas Awards)||Best Actress||Won|
|1985||Bangladesh Cine Journalists Association Award (Bachsas Awards)||Best Actress||Dahan||Won|
|2003||Bangladesh Cine Journalists Association Award (Bachsas Awards)||Best side character actress||Hason Raja||Won|
|2012||Bangladesh Cine Journalists Association Award (Bachsas Awards)||Best Actress||Khodar Pore Ma||Won|
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Nadeem and Bobita graced the silver screens of Pakistan in the Urdu film Jaltey Suraj Ke Neeche ... Directed by Zahir Raihan (though in places credited to his assistant director Nurul Hoque).
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