Renowned actor and playwright ATM Shamsuzzaman passed away in his home in Sutrapur Saturday at the age of 80.
The versatile actor has played different shades of positive and negative characters during his lengthy career.
The veteran actor played a variety of roles in over 400 films and has received National Film Awards five times for movies such as Dayee Ke? (1987), Madam Fuli (1999), Churiwala (2001), Mon Bosena Porar Table E (2009) and Chorabali (2012).
Here is a list of his 5 best performances in movies -
Dayee ke? ( 1987)
ATM Shamsuzzaman received a National Film Award for his performance as the quirky character Kodom Ali in Aftab Khan's film "Dayee ke.?"
Watch Dayee ke? here-
In this movie, Shamsuzzaman acts as Kodom Ali, a quack who sells his homemade medicine in trains and streets. He happens to be the son of a village chairman Dobir Uddin Chowdhury who deceives his mother for her vast property.
One day Kodom Ali finds a woman called Saleha and her child on the street and decides to take them home. Kodom Ali realises that his father is responsible for their misery and decides to take action against his own father.
His role touched the hearts of audiences as his character became a favourite among the masses.
Golapi Ekhon Traine ( 1978)
ATM Shamsuzzaman garnered fame at home and abroad for his performance as a negative character in Amjad Hossain's "Golapi Ekhun Train E."
A T M Shamsuzzaman's portrayal of the character Mondol in Golapi Ekhun Train E (1978) earned him appreciation both at home and abroad, including the Moscow International Film Festival.
Watch Golapi Ekhon Traine ( 1978)
In "Golapi Ekhun Train E", he played the role of Mondol, an influential person in his village, whose son Milon (Farooque) falls for a street singer Golapi (Bobita). Mondol brings a bridegroom for Golapi but that marriage proposal doesn't work out and Golapi's father (Anwar Hossain) commits suicide. This movie emphasises the inequality that is imposed by society on women.
Hajar Bachhor Dhore ( 2005)
ATM Shamsuzzaman played a greyish character called Makbul in the "Hajar Bachhor Dhore" film.
Watch Hajar Bachhor Dhore ( 2005)
Based on Zahir Raihan's novel, the movie won the National Film Awards in the best film category and was highly appreciated by the audience.
The film revolves around rural life in Bangladesh and how villagers deal with religion, marriage, death and others.
Makbul plays the role of an elderly character who has three wives. He is showcased as a greedy person who uses his wife to gain more wealth.
Surja Dighal Bari ( 1979)
ATM Shamsuzzaman has stated that "Surja Dighal Bari" is one of those films that he believes had an original dimension to them.
Watch Surja Dighal Bari ( 1979) here
The veteran actor played the role of Jobed Fakir in the movie.
The film portrays the socioeconomic condition after the Bengal famine of 1943.
Molla Barir Bou (2005)
A T M Shamsuzzaman showcased his brilliant writing and acting skills in the movie "Molla Barir Bou."
Watch Molla Barir Bou (2005) here
There he played the role of Gazi Ebadot Ali, an influential villager who owns a lot of land. He is showcased as a negative character who treats his daughter-in-law Bokul badly and tries to control his son. One day he marries off his son to a village girl called Parul who decides to strategically punish the cruel Gazi Ebadot Ali and make a better person out of her husband.