Manna, an iconic Dhallywood actor, was remembered on Saturday on his tenth death anniversary at at his Uttara home ‘Kritanjali.’
Members of the actor's family along with some of the leading film personalities of the country joined in a private ceremony to commemorate Manna.
Shelly Manna, wife of the demised actor, told the press that she decided not to organize anything big this year and went for a small family gathering along with some of Manna's coworkers who reminisced the memories of the actor.
Bangladesh Chalachitra Shilpi Samiti (Bangladesh Film Actors’ Association) also organised a different commemoration ceremony, Dua and Milad Mahfil at their BFDC office.
Born in 1964 in Tangail district, SM Aslam Talukder, better known by his stage name Manna, stepped into the world of cinema through the film, “Kashem Malar Prem,” in 1984 after he was discovered through a talent search programme by the BFDC. From then on, there was no looking back for him.
Manna acted in more than 300 films in lead roles, most of which did well in the box office when Dhallywood was facing a serious drought.
He is credited with blockbusters like “Danga,” “Deshpremik,” “Loottoraj,” “Ammajan,” “Moner Sathey Juddho,” “Dui Bodhu Ek Swami” and “Bortoman,” among others.
He was elected as general secretary of Bangladesh Film Actors’ Association, and he contributed much to the movement against vulgarity in the Dhallywood film industry.
Manna received several prestigious awards, including a National Award for Best Actor.