He inspired the formation of Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies and the National Film Archive
Pioneering film society movement activist, Muhammad Khasru passed away yesterday. He was 73. Khasru passed away at 1:00pm while undergoing treatment at Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital in the city.
“His body will be taken on Aparajeo Bangla premises at Dhaka University at 11:00am where people from all walks of life will pay tribute to him. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at central mosque of Dhaka University. Then, his body will be taken to his home in Keraniganj and there, after a second namaz-e-janaza, he will be laid to eternal rest,” he added.
Zahidur Rahim Anjan, president of Bangladesh Short Film Forum confirmed the news to the media. He was suffering from diabetes, pneumonia and asthma, along with other old-age complications.
Khasru was born in Hooghly in 1946 in West Bengal, India. In the early 1950s, his family migrated to Bangladesh.
Khasru wrote many books on films and film movements. He was the assistant director in the movie “Palank,” a Bangladesh-India joint-venture film, directed by Rajen Tarafdar. He was one of the founders of Pakistan Chalachchitra Sangsad in 1963 and remained involved with film society movement till death.
Khasru edited the country’s most revered film magazine Dhrupadi and Chalachitrapatra.
He inspired the formation of Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies and the National Film Archive.
Khasru also interviewed noted filmmaker and script writer Ritwik Ghatak which was published in a number of newspapers.