Renowned actor and playwright ATM Shamsuzzaman passed away in his home in Sutrapur Saturday at the age of 80.
His daughter Koyel Ahmed confirmed the news to The Business Standard around 9am.
She also remarked that the actor was brought back home from the hospital on Friday afternoon after he had denied staying there.
Earlier, ATM Shamsuzzaman was admitted to Asgar Ali Hospital in Old Dhaka due to low oxygen level. The famed actor and playwright had been suffering from various complications due to old age.
ATM Shamsuzzaman was born in Daulatpur, Noakhali.
In 1961, he started as an assistant director in a film titled "Bishkonya", directed by Udayan Chowdhury. He wrote several scripts during that time. "Jalchobi" was his first script which was directed by Narayan Ghosh Mita.
In his lifetime, he had written more than a hundred scripts. "Molla Barir Bou" was his last script which was directed by Salauddin Lavlu.
He began his acting career as a comedian. He played the role of the villain in Amzad Hossain's film "Noyonmoni" in 1976 for which he was praised by the fans and the critics.
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ATM Shamsuzzaman had won the National Film Award multiple times. He received Ekushey Padak in 2015 for his outstanding contributions to film.
President Mohammad Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of the actor.
A career spanning nearly six decades, he gave memorable performances in movies like Ora Egaro Jon (1972), Lathial (1975), Golapi Ekhon Train E (1978), Surja Dighal Bari (1979), Dayee Ke? (1987), Vondo, Madam Fuli (1999), Churiwala (2001), Shoshurbari Zindabad (2002), Shasti (2004), Hajar Bochor Dhore (2005), Molla Barir Bou (2005), Mon Bosena Porar Table E (2009), Guerrilla (2011), Chorabali (2012), Lal Tip (2012), Ratrir Jatri (2019) and Alpha (2019).
He had won the National Film Awards five times for his roles in Dayee Ke?, Madam Fuli, Churiwala, Mon Bosena Porar Table E and Chorabali.