Kabori: At a glance of Dhallywood’s ‘Mishti Meye’
Published: 07:10 PM, 17 April 2021 Updated: 07:14 PM, 17 April 2021
Sarah Begum Kabori, the legendary actress of Bangla movies and former Member of Parliament (MP), passed away at 12:20 am on Saturday while undergoing treatment at Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital in the capital.
She laid to rest at Banani Cemetery in the capital in the afternoon.
The veteran actress tested positive for Covid-19 on April 5 and admitted to Kurmitola General Hospital. As her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to the ICU of Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital on April 8. She was put on life support on Thursday afternoon.
The 70-year-old actress had been suffering from kidney complications for a long time. Her lungs also suffered severe damage after contracting Covid-19.
Born on 19 July 1950 in Banshkhali, Chattogram district, Kabori, known as the ‘Mishti Meye’ of the Bangladeshi silver screen, made her film debut with “Sutorang” in 1964 under the direction of Subhash Dutt. Her real name before acting was Mina Pal.
Sarah Begum Kabori studied at Sir Ashutosh College in Chatogram. Her father’s name was Krisna Das Paul, a Bhajan singer and her mother used to recite verses from religious books. Kabori was born in a cultural-based family where her siblings knew how to dance and sing.
Kabori stepped into the film industry as an amateur artist at the age of 13. In 1964, Kabori acted in her first film ‘Sutorang’. It was learned that the film’s music director Satya Saha was looking for an actress, thus Kabori started her film career.
In her illustrious career, Dhallywood’s ‘Mishti Meye’ acted in over a hundred films including ‘Sujon Sokhi’, ‘Sareng Bou’ and ‘Devdas’. She acted another important role in ‘Titash Ekti Nadir Naam’ directed by Indian filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak. She also acted in an Urdu film named ‘Bahana’ by Zahir Raihan with co-actor Rahman.
The veteran actress received the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film ‘Sareng Bou’ (1978).
Apart from acting, she directed and produced a number of films. In 2006, Kabori directed the film Ayna where Subhash Dutta starred.
She was elected as an MP from the Narayanganj-4 constituency as a Bangladesh Awami League politician in 2008.