Today marks the 62nd birth anniversary of renowned filmmaker Tareque Masud. On this day of 1956, he was born in Nurpur village of Bhanga, Faridpur. He was a film director, film producer, screenwriter and lyricist.
Masud grew up in Nurpur village. He started his education in an Islamic madrasah in Bhanga. He completed his SSC after the Liberation War, HSC from Notre Dame College and completed his master`s degree in History from the University of Dhaka.
Tareque Masud has been actively associated with the Lekhak Shibir, leftist movement, and Bangladeshi film movement since his university life. Through the film movement, he was introduced to a group of emerging producers. He participated in numerous film-related workshops and courses in the country and abroad.
Masud`s first documentary film Adam Surat on the Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan was released in 1989. His most famous film was the documentary film Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom, 1996) where the camera follows a music troupe in the context of the Liberation War of Bangladesh of 1971. His first full-length feature film, Matir Moina (The Clay Bird) was released in 2002. His other two films are `Ontarjatra` (2006) and `Runway` (2010).
For `Matir Moina` Masud won the International Critic`s Award at the Cannes Film Festival as well as the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors` Fortnight and it was nominated for Academy Award (Oscar) in Best Foreign Language Film category as the country`s first film.
On 13 August 2011, Tareque Masud died in a road accident at Joka under Ghior Upazila while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj on the Dhaka-Aricha highway after visiting a shooting location for his next movie Kagojer Phool. Along with Tareque Masud, cinematographer, journalist and the then CEO of ATN News Mishuk Munier, and three others died on the spot.
In 2012, Tareque Masud posthumously received Ekushey Padak, the prestigious civilian award of Bangladesh, for his outstanding contribution in Bangladeshi film.