Legendary actress Shabana’s birthday today
Published: 10:53 AM, 15 June 2021 Updated: 03:41 PM, 15 June 2021
Shabana; File Photo
Today (June 15, 2021) is the birthday of Shabana, the legendary actress of the golden days of Bengali cinema. Born on this day in 1952 to Fayez Chowdhury and Fazilatunnesa at Dabua village in Chattogram’s Raozan, Shabana’s full name is Afroza Sultana Ratna. But the legendary actress gained fame as Shabana after setting foot in the film industry.
Shabana was negligent in her education. Although admitted to Gandaria High School, she did not like to study, instead, her formal education was completed only at 9. She came to the film industry with the help of Filmmaker Ehtesham, who was also her father’s cousin.
She made her film debut in 1962 as a child artist in the film ‘Natun Sur’. Later in 1967, she played the lead female role opposite actor Nadeem in the film ‘Chakori’.
Shabana acted in 299 films in her 36-year-long career, of these - 130 films were opposite of actor Alamgir. The actress was at the peak of her popularity in the 60s to 90s.
In her long career, Shabana won the National Film Award nine times for her performance and one time as a producer and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
As a child artist, Shabana starred in Ibne Mizan’s ‘Abar Bonobase Rupban’ and played the supporting role in Mustafiz’s ‘Dak Babu’.
The following year, in 1967, she became very popular by playing the lead female role in the Urdu film ‘Chakori’ directed by Ehtesham. With this film, director Ehtesham changed her name to Shabana from ‘Ratna’.
Shabana has acted in movies ranging from social drama to action and folk. Some of her notable movies are - Chakori, Madhu Milon, Abujh Mon, Chand Suraj, Eki Songe Eto Roop, Chaddabesi, Chanda Hariye Gelo, Chowdhury Bari, Samadahan, Sikriti, Ora Egaro Jon, Jhorer Pakhi, Janani, Kannyadan, Sotter Mrittu Nai, Shami Keno Asami, Palabi Kothay, etc.
Shabana abruptly ended her acting career in 1997. Her last film ‘Ghore Ghore Juddho’ directed by Azizur Rahman was released in 1997. She then moved to New Jersey in the United States with her family and began living permanently.
Shabana married Wahis Sadik, a government official, in 1973. Shabana-Sadik moved to the United States with her family in 2000. The Shabana-Sadik couple has two daughters Sumi and Urmi and one son Nahin.