Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Faridee laid to rest

Legendary actor Humayun Faridee was buried at Mirpur Intellectuals' Graveyard Tuesday afternoon.

His mourning admirers, fans, well-wishers and relatives thronged the graveyard to pay an emotional farewell to the thespian.

Earlier, his fourth namaz-e-janaza was held at Dhaka University Central Mosque around 1:45pm.

His body was kept at the Shaheed Minar for nearly three hours from 10:00 in the morning to enable his grief-stricken relatives, well-wishers, friends, cultural personalities, journalists, and fans from of all walks of life to pay their last tribute to the actor.

Faridee's first namaz-e-janaza was held in front of his residence around 12:45pm Monday while the second took place on Bangladesh Television complex in Rampura around 2:00pm. His third namaz-e-janeza was held at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (FDC) after Asr prayers.

Faridee, who mesmerised audiences for over two decades with his powerful versatile acting skills in theatre, television drama, and cinema, breathed his last at his Dhanmondi residence in the capital Monday morning. He was 60.

A freedom fighter, Faridee had been suffering from some complications, including lung disease. He was admitted to a city hospital about eight or nine days ago and returned to his residence on Sunday, his relatives said earlier.

An ambulance, carrying his body, reached the graveyard in the afternoon.

In the morning, hundreds of people from all walks of life including his grief-stricken friends, cultural personalities, politicians and journalists paid glowing tribute to Faridee, one of the brightest silver screen stars in the country, at the Central Shaheed Minar.

His body, which had been kept at the Birdem mortuary for Monday night, was taken to the Shaheed Minar around 10:00 in the morning.

President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed their deep shock at the death of the veteran actor. They prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed their sincere sympathies to the bereaved family members.

Born in Narinda in the old part of Dhaka on May 29, 1952, Faridee was a student of economics at Jahangirnagar University. His passion for acting began in his childhood. In the early 1980s, he joined Dhaka Theatre.

He was well-known for his extraordinary portrayal of roles in different plays, which included Songsaptak, Pathar Shomoy, Dui Bhai, Sheeter Pakhi, Kothao Keu Nei, Shomudre Gangchil and Kachher Manush.

Midway in his stage career, Faridee joined films and won the hearts of millions through his work. Some of his prominent movies are Dohon, Hulia, Shontrash, Bachelor, JoyJatra Shamolchaya, Bohubrihi, Ekattorer Jishu, Mayer Morjada and Aha. He also directed a few TV plays.

Faridee had been living a lonely life since his divorce from eminent actress Suborna Mustafa in 2008.