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Manna: An era of leaving

 Entertainment Correspondent

 Published: 11:07 AM, 17 February 2020   Updated: 11:07 AM, 17 February 2020

Manna; File Photo

Manna; File Photo

The 12th death anniversary of Dhallywood’s most popular star actor, producer ‘Manna’ also known as Aslam Talukdar is observing on Monday. He left the world in 2008 after suffering from cardiac arrest at the age of only 44. 

Although Manna died, his popularity did not decline at all. On the occasion of the hero’s death anniversary, Bangladesh Film Artists Association organized recalls meeting and doa mahfil. 

Born in 1964 in Elenga under Kalihati upazila of Tangail, Manna made his film debut in 1984 through the FDC’s new face search program. The Nayok Raj Razzaq picked Manna for the first film title ‘Tauba’.  

Manna acted as the first solo hero in the movie ‘Kasem Malar Prem’ directed by Mostafa Anwar in 1991. After that, he didn’t have to look back as the film got a huge business success. 

Later with the best performance and achieving success in business one after one, he established himself as the best hero. He has acted in nearly three hundred films. 

After that, it became easy to establish him as a solo hero through the films ‘Danga’ and ‘Trush’ directed by Kazi Hayat. Later, Manna established his position tightly through the films — ‘Ondho Prem’ directed by Mostafa Anwar, ‘Prem Diwana’ directed by Montazur Rahman  Akbar, ‘Disco Dancer’, ‘Deshdrohi’ directed by Kazi Hayat, etc.  

In 1997, Manna took the lead in the first movie production of ‘Loottaraj’.  Montazur Rahman  Akbar’s ‘Shanto Keno Mastan’ and ‘Ke Amar Baba’ were released in 1998 and 1999. His ‘Ammajan’ directed by Kazi Hayat in 1999, was one of the most successful commercial films of Bengali film history. 

Manna was not only a popular film actor but a successful film producer also. The name of his production company is ‘Kritanjali’ where each movie got success in business. The movies are ‘Lootrajaj’, ‘Lal Badshah’, ‘Abbajan’, ‘Shami-Strir Juddho,’ ‘Dui Bodhu Ek Swami’, ‘Moner Sathe Juddho’, ‘Manna Bhai’ and ‘Pita Matar Amanat’.

Manna received the National Film Award for Best Actor in 2003. He received Bacchus Award and Meril Prothom Alo Award for Best Actor in 1999. Manna also won the Meril Prothom Alo Award in 2000 and in 2007.

Even if he leaves the world, Manna will live in the hearts of millions of fans through his work.