Farooque

Akbar Hossain Pathan[1] (born 18 August 1948),[2][3][4] known by the stage name Farooque, is a Bangladeshi actor, politician, businessman, producer, member of parliament and a freedom fighter.[5] He is known as 'Mia Bhai' (respected brother) to mass people.[6] He appeared in over 150 films in a career spanning more than five decades.[7] Most of his films were commercially and critically successful. [8] Farooque is one of the most recognizable star of the classical and golden era of Bangladeshi film industry.[9]

Akbar Hossain Pathan
আকবর হোসেন পাঠান
Akbar Hossain Farooque (10) (cropped).jpg
Farooque in 2018
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
3 January 2019
Preceded bySM Abul Kalam Azad
ConstituencyDhaka-17
Personal details
Born
Akbar Hossain Pathan

(1948-08-18) 18 August 1948 (age 72)
Dhaka, East Bengal, Dominion of Pakistan
NationalityBangladeshi
Political partyBangladesh Awami League
Spouse(s)Farhana Farooque
Children2
OccupationActor (1971-1993) , Politician
Nickname(s)Mia Bhai, Dulu

He was the first awardee of the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Lathial in 1975 which he declined.[10][11][12][13][14][15] In addition, he was awarded the Bangladesh National Film Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. As one of the most dominant actors in the Bangladeshi movie scene during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, Farooque is widely considered as one of the greatest and influential actors in the history of Bangladeshi cinema.[16] He is critically acclaimed as one of the finest actors of Bangladesh.[17]

During Operation Searchlight, 25th march 1971, he participated in the first resistance of the liberation war in Malitola, Old Dhaka as second in command of their own guerrilla force commanded by 'Nader Gunda'.[18][19] Later, Farooque succeeded as commander and continued the fighting.[20]

He is a ruling Awami League member of Parliament(MP) for Dhaka-17 since 2018 Bangladeshi general election.[21][22]

Early lifeEdit

Farooque's hometown is in Kaliganj Upazila, Gazipur.[23] Farooque was born and raised in Old Dhaka. His father was a medical doctor. [24]

He was associated with the politics in Six point movement in 1966.[25] 37 cases were filed against him by Pakistani military junta for participating in six point movement.[26]

He was a freedom fighter at the 1971 Liberation War.[27] In liberation war, he was closely associated with and fought alongside guerrilla legend 'Nader Gunda' as second in command.[28] During Operation Searchlight, 25th march 1971, he participated in the very first resistance of the liberation war in Malitola as second in command of their own guerrilla force commanded by 'Nader Gunda'.[29] After killing of 'Nader Gunda' by Pakistani forces, Farooque succeeded as commander and continued the fighting.[30]

CareerEdit

Farooque started his career in silver screen through the film Jolchobi in 1971.[2] This brave veteran and multiple award-winning actor has contributed enormously to shape the Golden Era of the Bangladeshi film industry. Golapi Ekhon Traine, Lathial, Abar Tora Manush Ho, Mia Bhai, Sareng Bou, Padma Meghna Jamuna, Ekhono Onek Raat; the list of his milestone works continues to adorn his career.[31] Though he shared screen with every leading actress of his time, most of Farooque's works were associated with the actresses Bobita, Rozina and Kabori.[32] [33]

Most of his films were in village settings, though he is recognized as a versatile actor. He established himself as the most popular protagonist in village setting films. Most of his films were massive hits.[34][35]

He produced more than a dozen of films through his production company FP Films. Farooque was one of the founder of Film Artist Association and incumbent president of Bangobandhu Sangskritik Jot.[36]

Farooque is also a businessman except his acting career. He is the managing director of Farooque Kniting and Dying Manufacturing Company situated in Kaliakoir, Gazipur.[37]

As a political activist, Farooque is associated with Bangladesh Awami League politics since 1966. He was elected to Parliament from Dhaka-17 as a candidate of Bangladesh Awami League on 30 December 2018.[38][39]

Personal lifeEdit

Farooque is married to Farhana Farooque.[40] They have a daughter, Fariha Tabassum Hossain, and a son, Rowshon Hossain.[41]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Director Role Co-artist Notes
1971 Jolchhobi H. Akbar Kabori Sarwar Debut film released on March 22, 1971[37]
1973 Abar Tora Manush Ho Khan Ataur Rahman Bobita
1974 Alor Michil Narayan Ghosh Mita Bobita, Razzak
1975 Sujon Sokhi Chashi Nazrul Islam Sujon Kabori Sarwar screened at cinema halls over six months[11]
Lathial Narayan Ghosh Mita Anwar Hossain, Bobita Won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
1976 Surjogrohon Abdus Samad Bobita, Anwar Hossain, Rosy Samad
Noyonmoni Amjad Hossain Noyon Bobita, Syed Hasan Imam
Matir Maya Taher Chowdhury Alamgir, Suchorita, Rozina
1978 Sareng Bou Abdullah Al Mamun Kodom Sareng Kabori Sarwar Based on the novel of Shahidullah Kaiser's same title[42]
Golapi Ekhon Traine Amjad Hossain Milon Bobita, Anwar Hossain Based on the novel of Amjad Hossain titled "Droupodi Ekhon Traine"
1979 Nagordola Belal Ahmed Suchorita
Surjo Songram Abdus Samad Bobita
Din Jay Kotha Thake Pramod Kar Kabori Sarwar
Kotha Dilam Kazi Zahir Suchonda
Shaheb Narayan Ghosh Mita Rozina
Matir Putul
Choto Ma Tamij Uddin Rizvi Anjana
Ghor Jamai Abdus Samad
Atim: The Orphan Sheikh Niamat Ali
Trishna Narayan Ghosh Mita Kabori Sarwar
Shaktishali Swapan Saha Anju Ghosh
Sikander Nur Hossain Bolai Rozina
Shesh Porichoy Anjan Rozina
Kala Khoon: Black Murder Darashikho Bobita
Jadu Mahal Swapan Saha Anju Ghosh
Duronto Durbar
Chena Mukh Zahirul Haque Bobita
Asha Sheikh Nazrul Islam Kabori Sarwar
Jibon Mane Juddho
Chokher Moni
Joutuk
Masum Sheikh Niamat Ali Anjana
Shohor Theke Dure
Mehmaan Azizur Rahman Shabana
Priyo Bandhobi Bobita
Dosti Ajmal Huda Mithu Julia
Jibon Mrittu
Protigya
Punor Milon
Ondho Bodhu
1980 Sokhi Tumi Kar Abdullah Al Mamun Shabana
Chokka Panja Nur Hossain Bolai Suchorita
1981 Janata Express Azizur Rahman
1982 Laal Kajol Motin Rahman Shabana, Prabir Mitra
1983 Jontor Montor Azizur Rahman Rozina
Arshinagar Khan Ataur Rahman Kabori Sarwar
1984 Hashu Amar Hashu H. Akbar Rozina
Mayer Achol
Jibon Niye Juddho
Maan Obhimaan Narayan Ghosh Mita Rozina
1985 Jhinuk Mala Abdus Samad Nipa Monalisa
Shimul Parul Delwar Jahan Jhantu Shimul Sunetra
1987 Mia Bhai Chashi Nazrul Islam Bobita
1988 Bhool Bichar Anjan Rozina
1990 Danga Fyasad Chashi Nazrul Islam Sunetra
Palki Delwar Jahan Jhantu Sunetra
Lakhe Ekta Kazi Kamal Suchorita
Bhai Bhai Swapan Saha Shabana
1991 Padma Meghna Jamuna Chashi Nazrul Islam Hashu Bobita
Dukhini Maa Delwar Jahan Jhantu Rozina
1996 Jibon Songshar Zakir Hossain Raju Bobita, Salman Shah, Shabnur
1997 Ekhono Onek Raat Khan Ataur Rahman Zahed Bobita, Suchorita
2006 Koti Takar Kabin F I Manik Mannab Talukder Shakib Khan, Apu Biswas, Abdur Razzak, Dipjol
Ghorer Lokkhi Azadi Hasnat Firoz Suchorita, Ferdous, Shabnur Last film[43]

AwardsEdit

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