Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of legendary film actor, member of parliament (MP) from Dhaka-17 and valiant Freedom Fighter Akbar Hossain Pathan Farooque, popularly known as 'Miah Bhai' in Bangla film.
In a condolence message, the minister said, "Akbar Hossain Pathan Farooq is one of those in whose hands film industry in Bangladesh had turned around after the independence".
He earned praises by acting in numerous films like 'Jalchhabi', 'Abar Tora Manush Ha', 'Sujan Sakhi', 'Lathiyal', 'Surya Grahan', 'Matir Maya', 'Nayan Moni', 'Sareng Bou' and 'Golapi Ekhan Train-e', said Dr Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
Farooque was conferred with the National Film Award in 2016, he added.
The minister prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Legendary actor Farooque breathed his last at 10 am (Bangladesh Standard Time or BST) today at the age of 75 while he was undergoing treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
He was born in Dhaka on August 18 in 1948. He was crowned on the big screen in 1971 through acting in a Bengali movie "Jolchhobi", directed by H Akbar.
Kabori was the first film actress in the first movie against him.
Farooque is survived by his wife Farzana, daughter Fariha Tabassum Pathan and son Rawshan Hossain Pathan Sharat.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha