Sarah Begum Kabori (also Kabori Sarwar; born Mina Pal,[1] 19 July 1950 – 17 April 2021)[2][3] was a [4] Bangladeshi film actress and politician.[5] Her notable films include Sutorang, Sareng Bou, Abhirbhab, Shat Bhai Champa, Sujon Sokhi and Lalon Fokir.[3] She received the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Sareng Bou (1978) and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.[6][7]

Kabori
কবরী
A scene in Sutorang (cropped).jpg
Kabori in Sutorang (1964)
Member of Parliament
for Narayanganj-4
In office
25 January 2009 – 20 November 2013
Preceded byMuhammad Gias Uddin
Succeeded byShamim Osman
Personal details
Born
Mina Pal

(1950-07-19)19 July 1950
Boalkhali ,Chittagong, East Bengal, Pakistan
Died17 April 2021(2021-04-17) (aged 70)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
NationalityBangladeshi
Spouse(s)Chitta Chowdhury
Shafiuddin Sarwar
(m. 1978; div. 2008)
Children5 sons
OccupationActress, politician and social worker
Awardsfull list

Kabori got involved into politics later in her life. She became an elected member of parliament from the Narayanganj-4 constituency as an Awami League politician in 2008 and served until 2014.[8]

Early lifeEdit

Kabori was born in Boalkhali, Chittagong, East Bengal, Pakistan.[2] She studied until 8th grade.[8] Her father, Krisna Das Paul, was a Bhajan singer and her mother used to recite verses from religious books. Kabori was born in a cultural based family. Her siblings knew how to dance and sing. And her brother could play the tabla.[9]

Film careerEdit

 
Subhash Dutta and Kabori in the film set "Sutorang" (1964)

Kabori debuted in film industry at the age of 13. Her first film Sutorang, directed by Subhash Dutta, was released in 1964.[10] She earned the role through the music director Satya Saha.[9] Kabori starred with Razzak in more than 20 films together since Dutta's Abirbhab in 1968; the films include Nil Akasher Niche (1969), Deep Nebhe Nai (1970), and Ka Kha Ga Gha Umo (1970).[11]

Kabori acted in several films with Farooque in the 1970s, notably Sujon Sokhi and Sareng Bou.[3] She also starred with Bulbul Ahmed in Chashi Nazrul Islam's Devdas (1982).[3] She acted in the 1973 film Titash Ekti Nadir Naam by Ritwik Ghatak, an Indian filmmaker.[3] She also acted in an Urdu film Bahana by Zahir Raihan with co-actor Rahman.[3] She also worked with other actors including Alamgir, Sohel Rana, Uzzal, Wasim, Khan Ataur Rahman, Golam Mustafa, Anwar Hossain and A.T.M. Shamsuzzaman.[3]

In 2006, Kabori directed the film Ayna.[12]

Kabori authored a book titled "Sritituku Thaak".[3]

Political careerEdit

In 2008, Kabori was elected to the National Parliament in Bangladesh from Narayanganj-4 for 9th Bangladesh Parliament. During 1971 Liberation War, she participated by donating blood to help the freedom fighters.[5] She had fled to India during the war and worked on a film, "Joy Bangladesh", in Mumbai.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Kabori first married Chitta Chowdhury.[13] After the divorce from Chowdhury, she married Shafiuddin Sarwar in 1978. Sarwar is an uncle of politician Shamim Osman.[13] The couple was divorced in 2008.[13][14] She had five sons.[5]

Death and legacyEdit

After testing positive for COVID-19, Kabori was first admitted to Kurmitola General Hospital and later, was shifted to the ICU in Sheikh Russel National Gastroliver Institute and Hospital where she died on 17 April 2021.[15][3] She had been working on a film titled Ei Tumi Shei Tumi since 2019. [16]

The 1969 Ka Kha Ga Gha Umo film was shot in Chuadanga. The crew stayed at a house called Setab Manzil. The road around the house started going by the name Kabori Road after Kabori which became official in February 2017.[17]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Title Role Director Co-stars Notes
1964 Sutorang Subhash Dutta Subhash Dutta Debut film at the age of 14[2][18]
1965 Bahana Zahir Raihan Rahman, Garaj Babu [18]
1967 Heeraramon S. Akbar, Anwara, Siraj, Jeshiri, Sadiq Nabi [19]
Momir Elo Kazi Khaliq Razzak, Siraj, Anwar, Jalil, Chitra, Wahida [19]
Sat Bhai Champa Khan Ataur Rahman Azim, Raj, Attiya, K. A. Khan [19]
Bashori Radha Abdul Jabbar Khan Razzak
1968 Abirbhab Subhash Dutta Razzak [20]
Arun Borun Kiranmala Azim
Soeey Nadya Jage Pani Khan Ataur Rahman Syed Hasan Imam, Rosy Afsari, Jalil Afghani [21]
1969 Nil Akasher Niche Razzak
Moina Moti Qazi Zaheer [22]
1970 Deep Nebhe Nai Razzak
Binimoy Uzzal Debut film of Uzzal
Dorpo Churno
Jey Aguney Puri Amir Hussain [23]
Ka Kha Ga Gha Umo Narayan Ghosh Mita [23]
Nayika U. Chowdhury [23]
Sontan E. R. Khan [23]
Aka Baka Razzak
Kanch Kata Heera Razzak
1971 Jai Bangladesh I. S. Johar Hindi
Jolchhobi Farooque Debut film of Farooque
1972 Apon Por Khan Ataur Rahman Zafar Iqbal
1973 Lalon Fokir
Titash Ekti Nadir Naam Ritwik Ghatak
Rangbaz Razzak
Amar Jonmobhumi Alamgir Debut film of Alamgir[2]
1974 Sadharon Meye Zafar Iqbal
Masud Rana Sohel Rana Debut film of Sohel Rana
1975 Sujon Sokhi Khan Ataur Rahman Farooque
1977 Motimohol
Love in Simla Alamgir
1978 Sareng Bou Abdullah al Mamun Farooque
1982 Devdas Chashi Nazrul Islam Bulbul Ahmed, Anwara Begum
1988 Dui Jibon Abdullah al Mamun Bulbul Ahmed, Diti, Afzal Hossain, Nipa Monalisa

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Film Ref
1973 Bachsas Awards Best Actress Lalon Fokir
1975 Bachsas Awards Best Actress Sujon Sokhi
1978 Bangladesh National Film Awards Best Actress Sareng Bou
Bachsas Awards Best Actress Sareng Bou
1988 Bachsas Awards Best Actress Dui Jibon
2008 Bachsas Awards Honorary Award [2]
2009 Bachsas Awards Lifetime Achievement [24]
2013 National Film Awards Lifetime Achievement [25]
2019 Nayakraj Razzak Award [11]

ReferencesEdit

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