Google Bangladesh is celebrating the 62nd birth anniversary of renowned Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud with a Doodle on its homepage on Thursday.
The search engine giant shows an image of a hand holding a ‘clay bird’, depicting Tareque’s renowned movie ‘Matir Moyna’ or ‘The Clay Bird’.
Tareque was born in Nurpur Village of Faridpur District in Bangladesh on December 6 in 1956.
“The first Bangladeshi director to participate in the Oscars or to be honored at Cannes, Tareque Masud was a driving force within his country’s independent film movement,” Google wrote in its Doodle.
The film maker’s wife Catherine Masud said showed her gratitude to the search engine giant for the honour.
“It is a great honor to have Tareque Masud’s legacy recognized by Google. Tareque was a visionary and a pioneer of Bangladeshi cinema, an inspiring figure for young people in his own country and beyond. Although he made films for the people of Bangladesh, his work also spoke to the world through universal themes of tolerance, compassion, and justice,” Catherine said.
Tareque started his career with his first film Adam Surat (1991) (The Inner Strength), a documentary on the legendary Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan, in 1982. His 1995 feature length documentary on the ’71 Liberation War, Muktir Gaan (1995) (Song of Freedom) brought record audiences and became a cult classic. He also made many other films on the war, including Muktir Kotha (1999) (Words of Freedom), Narir Kotha (Women and War) (2000) and Naroshundor (The Barbershop)(2009).
In 2002, he completed his feature film Matir Moyna (2002) (The Clay Bird), which was based on his childhood experience in the Madrassa. The film won the Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Cannes Film Festival (2002), was the first Bangladeshi film to compete in the Oscars, and was released in many countries around the world.
On 13 August 2011, Tareque and Mishuk along with three others were killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Ghior Upazila of Manikganj while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj after visiting a shooting location
The microbus carrying the legendary filmmaker collided with a bus on the highway, where Tareque died on spot.