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Zahir Raihan

Zahir Raihan, Filmmaker

Dec 17, 2017
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Zahir Raihan was a Bangladeshi novelist, filmmaker and writer. He is possibly best known for his documentary Stop Genocide. It was made during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. Zahir Raihan was born on 19 August in 1935 in the village Majupur presently known as in Feni District in Bangladesh. After the separation of Bengal in 1947, he was along with his parents. They returned to his village from Calcutta. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Bengali from Dhaka University.

Zahir Raihan had been married first to Sumita Devi in 1961 and in 1968 to Shuchonda. They both of were film actresses. With Sumita he had two sons as Anol Raihan and Bipul Raiha. He had another son named Topu Raihan with Shuchonda.

Zahir Raihan has graduated in Bengali Literature. Raihan started working as a journalist at Juger Alo in 1950. Later he also appointed in newspapers namely Jantrik, Cinema and Khapchhara. In 1956, he also worked as the editor of Probaho. His first anthology of short stories designated Suryagrahan. It was published in 1955. He worked as a supporter on the film Jago Huya Sabera in 1957. This was his first direct involvement in film. He also supported Salahuddin in the film Je Nodi Morupothay. The filmmaker Ehtesham also was working him on his movie A Desh Tomar Amar. He wrote the title song for this movie. He made his managerial debut with his film Kokhono Asheni and it was released in 1961. He made Pakistan’s first color movie named Sangam in 1964. It completed his first Cinema Scope movie known “Bahana” in the same year.


Zahir Raihan departed on 30th January in 1972 trying to locate his brother, the famous writer Shahidullah Kaiser. He was killed by the Pakistan army local collaborators during the final days of the liberation war. This notable person had disappeared on     30th January in 1972 when he was 36 years old. We the Bangladeshis are very proud of him for his collaboration in Bengali literacy.

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