Misir Ali (Bengali: মিসির আলি) is a fictional character in a series of novels by Bangladeshi author Humayun Ahmed.[2][3][4][5] He was described as one of the most famous characters in Bengali literature, TV and film over the last three decades.[6]

Misir Ali
Misir Ali character
First appearanceDebi (Book: 1985)[1]
Last appearanceJokhon Namibe Adhar (2012)
Created byHumayun Ahmed
Portrayed by
In-universe information
NicknamePara Psychologist
GenderMale
OccupationProfessor of Para Psychology Psychiatrist.
Familyno family but he had father in childhood and in only one book he had wife and a son and a younger brother in Debi
SpouseUnmarried, Nilu (in Onnobhubon)
Significant otherNilufar
Childrenno children, one in Onnobhubon.
RelativesAmita (niece)
NationalityBangladeshi

In the books, Ali plays the role of a part-time professor of Psychology[3] at the University of Dhaka. Despite his not being a professional psychiatrist, people come to him for psychiatric treatment because of his special interest and knowledge in parapsychology. Later he was expelled from the University. Misir Ali is intelligent and often seen solving mysteries, although never accepting money for them. He is a logical person and doesn't believe in any paranormal activities. He has a personal diary named 'UNSOLVED,' in which he writes about those mysteries not solved by him. He is dark, tall and thin but in another story it was mentioned that he is short.

He always lives in a small flat with a servant. Most of the time those servants are seen to be running away by stealing his money. His age in 'Nishithini' was 41 and in 'Misir Ali's "Aumimaangsito Rauhosso" his age is 51. He has a nephew named Amita. His mother died when he was two years old. His father was a Hujur (Muslim priest), who died when he was in class five. He grew up in his relatives' house. He is a chain smoker, but in every story he tries to quit. Every times he gets a letter he reads it three times. He is attracted to a girl named Nilu who was his university student. He is unmarried but in the story 'Onnobhuvon' only it was mentioned that he married Nilu and had a child with her.[7][8]

The movie adaptation of the first book of the series (Debi) directed by Anam Biswas, starring Chanchal Chowdhury as Misir Ali and Jaya Ahsan as Ranu was released in October, 2018. The movie received widely positive reviews from fans and critics alike.[9]

BibliographyEdit

 
Humayun Ahmed, the creator of the character.

Among these 21 books there are 19 novels and 2 short story collections containing 11 short stories. He has a minor appearance in Himu's (another popular character by Humayun Ahmed) story Himur Ditiyo Prohor.[10] Bhoy is a collection of 3 short stories and Misir Ali Unsolved is a collection of 8 short stories.

  1. দেবী: Debi (Goddess) (June 1985)
  2. নিশীথিনী: Nishithini (The Late Night) (1986)
  3. অন্যভুবন: Onnobhubon (Otherworld) (January 1987)
  4. নিষাদ: Nishad (Hunter or Niṣāda (1989) - the hunter-gatherer aborigines from Hindu epics, or alternatively the untouchable caste of corpse disposers also known as Chandalas)
  5. বৃহন্নলা: Brihonnola (Eunuch or Bṛhannalā (August 1989) - the eunuch guise of one of the protagonist characters in the Hindu epic Mahabharata)
  6. ভয়: Bhoy (Fear) - A collection 3 stories:
    1. "চোখ", ("The Eye",)
    2. "জিন-কফিল" ("A Jinn Called Kafil")
    3. "সঙ্গিনী" ("The Lady Companion") (May 1991)
  7. বিপদ: Bipod (Danger) (November 1991)
  8. অনীশ: Onish (Godless) (May 1992)
  9. আমি এবং আমরা: Ami Ebong Amra (I and We) (February 1993)
  10. মিসির আলির অমীমাংসিত রহস্য: Misir 'Alir Omimangshito Rohoshsho (Misir Ali's Unsolved Mystery) (February 1996)
  11. হিমুর দ্বিতীয় প্রহর : Himu's second watch (February 1997) - crossover with Himu series.
  12. আমিই মিসির আলি: Amiy Misir 'Ali (I'm Misir Ali) (February 2000)
  13. বাঘবন্দি মিসির আলি: Baghbondi Misir Ali (Misir Ali Mousetrapped) (February 2001)
  14. হরতন ইস্কাপন: Horton Ishkapon (Hearts and Spades) (February 2008)
  15. মিসির আলির চশমা: Misir Alir Choshma (Misir Ali's Glasses) (February 2008)
  16. কহেন কবি কালিদাস: Kohen Kabi Kalidash (So Says the Poet Kalidāsa) (February 2009)
  17. তন্দ্রাবিলাস: Tondrabilash (Trance and Delirium) (February 2009)
  18. মিসির আলি! আপনি কোথায়?: Misir Ali! Apni Kothai? (Misir Ali! Where Are You?) (February 2009)
  19. মিসির আলি UNSOLVED: Misir Ali Unsolved (July 2009) - a collection of 8 short stories:
    1. সিন্দুক (The Safe)
    2. Fruitfly
    3. সোনার মাছি (The Golden Fly)
    4. ছবি (The Portrait)
    5. রোগভক্ষক রউফ মিয়া (The Disease-Eater, Rawuf Miyaan)
    6. লিফট রহস্য (The Mystery of the Lift)
    7. হামা-ভূত (The Crawling Ghost)
    8. মাছ (Fish)
  20. পুফি: Poofy (February 2011)
  21. যখন নামিবে আঁধার: Jokhon Namibe Adhar (When Darkness Will Fall) (February 2012)[10]

OmnibusEdit

There are 3 omnibus editions of books that are available for the Misir Ali series.

  • মিসির আলি অমনিবাস ১ (Misir Ali Omnibus 1): (February 1996)
  • মিসির আলি অমনিবাস ২ (Misir Ali Omnibus 2): (February 2006)
  • মিসির আলি অমনিবাস ৩ (Misir Ali Omnibus 3): (2013)

FilmographyEdit

  • অন্য ভুবনের ছেলেটি: Onno Bhuboner Cheleti (The Boy From Another World)
  • তৃষ্ণা: Trishna (Thirst)
  • নিষাদ: Nishad (Hunter or Niṣāda)
  • বৃহন্নলা: Brihonnola (Eunuch)
  • দেবী: Debi (Goddess)
  • স্বপ্ন সঙ্গিনী: Swapno Sangini (Companion in Dream)

Other Dramas

  • চন্দ্র কারিগর (Lunar Craftsman) [Short Appearance][11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "দেবী (মিসির আলি #1, দেবী #1)".
  2. ^ "The end of an era". New Age. Archived from the original on 13 February 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Tanvir Hafiz (4 July 2006). "Mysterious Misir Ali". The Daily Star. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  4. ^ Indrajit Hazra (21 July 2012). "A house and Humayun". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  5. ^ Rosh Alo (20 May 2013). হুমায়ূন আহমেদ ভার্সন [Humayun Ahmed Version]. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Archived from the original on August 17, 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Mourning the death of a legend", United News of Bangladesh, July 20, 2012. Infotrac Newsstand. Gale Document Number: GALE|A331090294. Last accessed August 14, 2013. Quote: "Humayun Ahmed, 64, was a popular author, playwright and film director who captivated millions of people with his famous characters Himu, Shuvro, Misir Ali, and Baker Bhai in Bengali literature, TV and film over the last three decades."
  7. ^ Imam Hossain (14 October 2011). "Humayun Ahmed's Devi staged". Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  8. ^ মিসির আলীর কথা [The Talk of Misir Ali]. Samakal (in Bengali). 17 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Film Review: 'Debi' is worth the hype". Dhaka Tribune. 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  10. ^ a b Mamunur Rashid; Ashik Hossain (17 February 2012). "Humayun Ahmed tops best-sellers". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  11. ^ https://www.rokomari.com/book/50581/chandra-karigor--porbo-1-sesh-?ref=srbr_pg15_p15

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