Pioneer film activist Muhammad Khasru, who passed away on February 19, was recalled and his contributions to film movements were analysed by his friends and peers at a commemorative programme held on Friday at National Art Gallery Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Former cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, artist RafiqunNabi, Federation of Film Societies Bangladesh president Lailun Nahar, filmmaker Morshedul Islam and others spoke at the programme, presided over by Liberation War Museum trustee Mofidul Hoque.
Besides discussion on Muhammad Khasru’s life and works, the programme also featured screening of two short documentaries on Khasru.
‘Muhammad Khasru inspired all of us to watch quality films produced across the world. Khasru created the taste for good films among fellow film activists,’ said Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘Muhammad Khasru was the pioneer of film society movement in Bangladesh. His contributions cannot be forgotten. Many of our noted film makers were inspired by him into filmmaking,’ said Rafiqun Nabi.
‘Muhammad Khasru was not a filmmaker but an activist. His wide knowledge on the world of films and his writings on films and film movement inspired us a lot,’ said LailunNahar
Muhammad Khasru was born in 1946 in Hooghly, West Bengal, India. His family migrated to Dhaka in the early 1950s.
A confirmed bachelor, Khasru lived at his parental home in Keraniganj on the outskirts of Dhaka.
Khasru wrote a number of books on film and film movement. He was also assistant director
in the movie Palank, a Bangladesh- India joint-venture film directed by Rajen Tarafdar.
Khasru was one of the founders of Pakistan Chalachchitra Sangsad in 1963 and remained involved with the film society movement till his death. He inspired the formation of Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies and National Film Archive.