Manna, the Bangladeshi superstar who dominated the country’s film industry as an action hero for more than two decades, died from a heart attack in 2008. Today is his eighth death anniversary. On the morning of February 17, Manna was rushed to the hospital and died shortly after arriving. He was only 48 years old. Manna’s fans still can’t believe and come to terms with the actor’s untimely demise. The Ammajan hero is still an idol to his fans and newcomers who have joined the industry.
SM Aslam Talukder, better known as Manna, was one of the more popular Bengali film actors in Bangladesh. He was born in Elenga village in the district of Tangail. Manna’s acting career began in 1984 after he was discovered through a talent search program, Notun Mukher Shondhane by the National Film Development Corporation of Bangladesh along with Sheli Quader. Later, Manna and Sheli Quader tied the knot and Sheli left the industry. He acted in around 350 movies in his career. Manna won the hearts of millions of Bangladeshis by playing the character of the archtypical hero fighting against corruption, in around 200 films such as Ammajan, winning the best actor award in 2006. Soon after, he also tried his hand at producing films. One of the first films that brought Manna to attention was Danga, premièring in 1992. Other Manna blockbusters were Trash, Chadabaz and Abbazan. Manna had at least 15 unfinished films in the works before he died.
The veteran actor was secretary general of the Bangladesh Film Actors Association, and in that capacity he played a significant role in the campaign against “vulgarity, obscenity and piracy” in Bangladeshi films. A Dhaka film industry analyst said films starring Manna, and his perennial interest Champa, were often hugely popular and profitable.
Special nationwide prayers have been arranged by the Manna Foundation to pray for his departed soul.