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Veteran cinematographer Mahfuzur Rahman Khan dies at 70

  • Published at 09:03 pm December 6th, 2019
Mahfuzur Rahman Khan
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to bereaved family members

Veteran Bangladeshi cinematographer Mahfuzur Rahman Khan, 70, passed away at United hospital in Dhaka at 12:26am on Friday. His nephew Rashed Ali confirmed the news of his death to the media.

The National Film Award winning cinematographer’s dead body was taken to the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). 

He was famously known for working behind the camera in films directed by Humayun Ahmed.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday expressed deep shock at the death of the cinematographer. She prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to bereaved family members. 

The final namaz-e-janaza of Mahfuzur Rahman Khan was held at Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque after Juma prayers and he was laid to rest at Azimpur graveyard near his home in Old Dhaka. 

Mahfuzur Rahman won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Cinematography a record nine times for the movies  Obhijan (1984), Sohojatri (1987), Poka Makorer Ghor Bosoti (1996), Srabon Megher Din (1999), Dui Duari (2000), Hajar Bachhor Dhore (2005), Amar Ache Jol (2008), Ghetuputra Komola (2012), and Padma Patar Jol (2015).

Mahfuzur Rahman directed and produced films, and was also an actor. He acted in Abdullah Al Mamun's Jallader Darbar, Alamgir Kumkum's Liberation War based film Amar Jonmobhumi (1973), Dilip Biswas's Dabi (1978), Mustafizul Haq's Alor Chhaya and Nurul Alam's Chalo Ghar Badhi.

Mahfuzur Rahman produced movies like Neetiban, Shamman, Durnam, and Koifiyat, from his production house, Disha International. He also won the Cultural Reporters' Association Award back in 2003, the Bangladesh Film Journalist Association Award, and the Meril Prothom Alo Award. 

The famous cinematographer was born on May 10 of 1945 to a renowned family of Hakim Habibur Rahman Road in Old Dhaka. The road was named after his grandfather Habibur Rahman Khan. His uncle IR Khan (Irtifa-ur-Rahman Khan) was also a renowned Bangla film director and producer from 1960-1980s. 

Renowned cinematographers Sahodar Ehtesham and Mustafiz are his cousins. 

Mahfuzur Rahman debuted as a director of photography in 1972, and had been working as a professional cinematographer ever since. He also worked with renowned film directors like Alamgir Kabir, Alamgir Kumkum, and Shibli Sadiq.