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Indian Actress Divya Bharti 1974 - 1993

Divya Bharti (February 25, 1974 – April 5, 1993) was an Indian film actress. She started her career in the South film industry with the 1990 Telugu film Bobbili Raja. After several other hits in the South, she entered Hindi films with Vishwatma in 1992, for which she earned accolades for her performance in the song Saat Samundar Paar. She appeared in more than 14 Hindi films between 1992 and 1993. Her career was cut short by her death on April 5, 1993, when she fell off from her apartment building. The investigation into the circumstances of her death was closed in 1998.


Early Struggle (1988)

Divya was in the ninth standard when she began to get film offers. As her face resembled superstar Sridevi, she got noticed by many directors and producers. At first her parents were hesitant, till Nandu Tolani offered her Gunahon Ka Devta in 1988. Divya was 14 and a 1/2 at that time.

Meanwhile, Divya learned via a friend that Dilip Shankar wanted a new girl opposite Aamir Khan in Aatank Hi Aatank and Rudra Avtaar. With her parents' permission, she signed up both films. During those times, Kirti Kumar, Govinda's brother noticed the charming Divya at a video library. He followed her to her residence and then called up director Nandu Tolani, who lived in the building next to hers and asked about Divya.

Radha Ka Sangam Episode

Then Kirti Kumar was eager to sign up Divya for Radha Ka Sangam opposite Govinda. Kirti went personally to meet Dilip Shankar and managed to release Divya from their contract. Kirti quoted in March 1989 in Showtime Magazine "I told Dilip that he could take any girl, but he'd never be able to find another Radha". Kirti changed her name from Divya to Radha. Producer Kirti launched her with much fanfare. He gave interviews on how he found his perfect Radha after scouring the whole of India for her. And then before the first shot was taken, Divya "Radha" Bharti was out of the film after being groomed for two years and replaced by Juhi Chawla. The reasons each side gave for the fall-out were different. Various magazines wrote different things behind the dropout. Some said "Kirti became over-possessive about her", others said "Lawrence D'Souza, who was to direct the film, left the project. Then Kirti decided to take over the film. Being new to direction, he had to drop Divya because he felt he could not handle a newcomer". Other magazines wrote that Divya was having an affair with Govinda and the smitten, jealous, Kirti could not tolerate that. Others wrote it was Divya's immaturity that made her drop out of the film.


And that was the green signal for other film makers to enter the fray. She was screen-tested by big names Boney Kapoor, Shabnam Kapoor, Shekhar Kapoor and Subhash Ghai. They all raved about her but no one signed her up. There were rumors that her childish reputation had preceded her. In magazines, she had earned a name for being wild and crazy. In fact, for his big budget film Prem, Boney Kapoor signed up Divya. Eight days later, Divya was out and Tabu was signed in. Later Subhash Ghai too called her for Saudagar opposite Aamir Khan and 20 days later she was out and he signed up Manisha Koirala and Vivek Mushran. By then, the rejections had affected fifteen year old Divya. Since she was already out of school, they would not accept her back. As a result, she was forced to sit idle. Fortunately, D. Ramanaidu, one of the biggest producers of Telugu cinema, landed up at Divya's doorstep. He offered Divya Bobbili Raja opposite his son Daggubati Venkatesh. Immediately, Divya got a Tamil Film and Rajiv Rai approached her for Vishwatma.

Rise to Stardom in Telugu Cinema (1990 - 1992)

After being dropped out of so many big projects, Divya got depressed and left Mumbai. On the evening of her return, the producer of Bobbili Raja approached her for his upcoming project. They wanted Divya to fly down the same night. As Divya quoted in the Nov 1991 "Movie" magazine, "I didn't want to go. I said no but mummy said yes. Imagine, the film became a super-hit and I became a superstar". The move paid off. Bobbili Raja released in the summer of 1990 & became a colossal hit. She had captured the South by storm, and she was a goddess there. With more hits, she became a bigger name in Telugu cinema. In box-office ratings, she figured next only to the indomitable Vijayshanti. Her price, according to an insider, had touched a whopping 25 Lakhs per film and 1 lakh each additional day (If shooting was postponed, the South producers were paying 15 lakhs for 15 days), which was a big amount in 1991. In Bollywood, only Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi were getting that kind of price. In 1991 Divya gave back-to-back hits including Rowdy Alludu, and Assembly Rowdy opposite Chiranjeevi & Mohan Babu. In north India, she was known as the Sridevi of Telugu films. But, that was not what Divya was looking for. She wanted to make it big in Bombay. And she was back with fresh determination. She did not want to disappoint her Telugu audience and cut down to do one movie per year.

Rise to Stardom in Bollywood (1992 - 1993)

When Divya heard that Rajiv Rai was on the lookout for a new face for his film Vishwatma opposite Sunny Deol, she daringly walked into Rajiv Rai's office with her portfolio. And the same day signed the film. Rajiv was making the sequel to his Blockbuster film Tridev.

The film was produced by Trimurti Films Pvt. Ltd., one of the biggest and oldest film production houses. Vishwatma was launched in late 1990 with grand mahurat with Dharmendra giving the mahurat shot. Soon Divya left for long outdoor shooting in Nairobi. By the time Divya came back, film offers started pouring in. Without a single release so far, Divya had signed 14 films.

Vishwatma was released on January 2, 1992. Although it did do well, the film's success did not come close to that of Tridev and the film was declared an average grosser. Notably, the film's most popular song "Saat Samundar", which focused on Divya, became a hit and even to this day, the audience remembers Divya's dance sequence in that song.

Seven days later, Divya's musical bonanza Dil Ka Kya Kasoor released. It was supposed to establish her as popular heroine but opened to empty theaters. No one expected the film to bomb so badly. Although, the film failed to impress an audience, Filmfare magazines started including Diyva in the list of 1992 top ten best actress performances. Surprisingly, even when other now-well known newcomers was being introduced to showbiz, Divya's collapsed debut made a magazine headline. This was the time when stardom eluded many actresses including Madhoo and Chandni (whose debut movies (Phool Aur Kaante) and Sanam Bewafa, respectively) were superhits. Divya's flops made her a star. Divya defended herself by saying, "I wanted to prove myself. But, I've fallen flat on my face. Now, I have to begin my climb all over again. Yet, I'm positive that one day success will be mine" (Stardust, March 1992).

Thus Divya too was deleted from the ranks of the promising newcomers for awhile. Then Pehlaj Nihlani's Shola Aur Shabnam came along. The film was a box office hit and Divya was riding high again. Not only did it present Divya in a noble character role, it also gave a big boost to Govinda's career, as well as launching David Dhawan as an established director.

Four months later, Raj Kanwar's love story Deewana became the biggest hit of 1992, where she held her own against veteran Rishi Kapoor and debutant Shahrukh Khan. With the super success of Deewana, Divya got rid of her promising newcomer status and entered the A-list. Her performance in Deewana was highly appreciated. Around that time, Divya's other films Balwaan with another debutant Sunil Shetty and Jaan Se Pyaara with Govinda released and did well at the box office. By the end of the year, Hema Malini's Dil Aashna Hai was released, in which Divya played a bar dancer who searches for her biological mother. Although the film was a box-office failure, her performance in the film was much appreciated by critics.

Suddenly, with big hits under her belt, Divya had become the hottest property in showbiz. And many predicted that she was poised to hit the number one slot soon. In September, magazines such as "Movie", "Stardust" and "Filmfare" put her at the 3rd position in the list of actresses based on price, popularity and position right after Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi.

Personal life

Barely 16, Divya met Sajid Nadiadwala in 1990 at Film City, when Sajid dropped by the sets to meet his friend Govinda on the sets of Shola Aur Shabnam. It was Govinda who introduced Sajid to Divya. Soon, it became a routine for the unit to see Sajid on sets everyday.

As Sajid quotes in Movie June 1993 issue "Somewhere around 15 January 1990 Divya told me that she wanted to get married. The very next day she was tense because her name was being linked with all heroes. She wanted to marry and put an end to all these controversies. People expect me to have a relationship with everyone, she would complain."


Around midnight of 5 April 1993, Divya fell to her death from a 5-story Versova apartment building, Tulsi 2 in Mumbai. There was much speculation by the media regarding Divya's sudden demise, including the possibility of accidental death, suicide or even murder. Divya's dress designer Neeta Lulla is believed to have been present at the apartment at the time of death but the unfortunate event could not be avoided. Police closed the investigation into her death in 1998, but the circumstances of her death still remain a mystery.

Divya's body was released to her family who had arranged for a cremation ceremony that very same day. However, her supposed Muslim husband wanted to arrange for a Muslim burial. On 7 April 1993, Divya Bharti was cremated in Hindu fashion with about 500 people in attendance including Anil Kapoor, Govinda, Kamal Sadanah, Raj Babbar, Yash Chopra, Jimmy Nirula, Aruna Irani, Raza Murad, Chiranjeevi, Vikas Anand, Venkatesh, Ram Mohan, Javed Khan, Raj Kanwar, Nitin Manmohan and Pehlaj Nehlani. A large number of film personalities, including Hema Malini, Urmila Matondkar, Saif Ali Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Shilpa Shirodkar, Sonu Walia, Somy Ali, Babita, Karisma Kapoor, Sangeeta Bijlani, Tabu, Manisha Koirala and Asha Parekh, offered condolences to the bereaved family members at their residence. Her husband, Sajid Nadiadwala, was not allowed to attend her last rites. At the time of her passing, Divya Bharti had been the youngest leading lady of Indian cinema.

She was scheduled to star in movies such as Mohra, Laadla, Andolan, Angrakshak, Kartavya and Vijaypath before her death. Divya had started filming Laadla before her death but the entire movie was re-shot with Sridevi. The footage of her performance was seen in a special television programme in 1994 which compared her performance with Sridevi's. The film was to be released in 1993 had Divya completed the movie but it was eventually released in 1994.

Divya's two completed films, Rang and Shatranj, were released months after her death. These films, in addition to several films produced by her husband Sajid Nadiadwala, were dedicated to her memory.


Year Title Co-Star Language
1990 Bobbili Raja Venkatesh Telugu
1990 Nila Penne Anand Tamil
1991 Naa Ille Naa Swargam Babu, Brahmanandam, Krishna Telugu
1992 Rowdy Alludu Chiranjeevi Telugu
1992 Dharma Kshetram Balakrishna Telugu
1992 Assembly Rowdy Mohan Babu Telugu
1992 Vishwatma Sunny Deol Hindi
1992 Shola Aur Shabnam Govinda Hindi
1992 Dil Ka Kya Kasoor Prithvi Hindi
1992 Jaan Se Pyaara Govinda Hindi
1992 Deewana Rishi Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan Hindi
1992 Balwaan Sunil Shetty Hindi
1992 Dushman Zamana Armaan Kohli Hindi
1992 Dil Aashna Hai Shahrukh Khan Hindi
1992 Geet Avinash Wadhavan Hindi
1992 Chittamma Mogudu Mohan babu Telugu
1992 Dil Ka Kya Kasoor" Prithvi Hindi
1993 Tholi Muddhu Prashanth Telugu
1993 Dil Hi To Hai Jackie Shroff Hindi
1993 Kshatriya Sanjay Dutt Hindi
1993 Rang Kamal Sadanah Hindi
1993 Shatranj Jackie Shroff Hindi

Incomplete films

Year of release↓ Title↓ Co-Star↓ Replacement↓
1993 Dhanwan Ajay Devgan Karisma Kapoor
1993 Tholi Muddhu Prashanth Rambha
1993 Do Kadam Salman Khan Not made
1993 Parinaam Akshay Kumar Not made
1993 Chal Pe Chal Jackie Shroff Not made
1993 Bajrangi Sunny Deol Not made
1994 Mohra Akshay Kumar Raveena Tandon
1994 Laadla Anil Kapoor Sridevi
1994 Vijaypath Ajay Devgan Tabu
1995 Andolan Govinda Mamta Kulkarni
1995 Kartavya Sanjay Kapoor Juhi Chawla
1995 Angrakshak Sunny Deol Pooja Bhatt
1995 Hulchul Ajay Devgan Kajol
1995 Kanyadaan Rishi Kapoor Manisha Koirala

Indian Actress Bhagyashree Patwardhan 1969

Bhagyashree (Marathi: भाग्यश्री), born Bhagyashree Patwardhan (Marathi: भाग्यश्री पटवर्धन), on 23 February 1969 is an Indian film and television actress. Bhagyashree hails from the family of Patwardhans from Sangli city in Maharashtra. Her father is Maharaja of Sangli. Her full name is Shrimant Rajkumari Bhagyashree Raje Patwardhan. She is the daughter of H.H. Meherban Shrimant Raja Vijaysinhrao Madhavrao Patwardhan. She is the eldest of three daughters, the other two being Madhuvanti and Purnima. She was born on the same day of the legendary actress Madhubala's death.

Born Bhagyashree Patwardhan
February 23, 1969 (1969-02-23) (age 42)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other names Bhagyashree
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983 - 2006, 2009 - present
Spouse Himalaya Dasani
Children Avantika

She started her acting career with Kachhi Dhoop - a television serial by Amol Palekar. It was based on Louisa Mary Alcott's Little Women. Her rendezvous with acting happened by chance when next door neighbor Amol Palekar, a renowned actor-director, requested her to step in and act in his serial Kacchi Dhoop as the actress who had been signed on had abandoned the serial abruptly. The serial did well and later on she had roles in Honi Anhoni and Kisse Miya Biwi Ke.

She is best known for her role in the 1989 film Maine Pyaar Kiya with Salman Khan.

After marriage, she acted in three films: Peepat's Qaid Main Hai Bulbul, K.C. Bokadia's Tyagi and Mahendra Shah's Payal all opposite her husband Himalaya.

After a gap of several years, she made a comeback to television with Aandhi Jasbaton Ki, where she played a politician. She was also seen in Didi Ka Dulha, a comedy serial on national broadcaster Doordarshan and a telefilm where she plays a blind person. She made her debut in Marathi films with the romantic comedy Zhak Marli Baiko Keli in June 2009.

She is the promoter of a media company Shrishti Entertainment with her husband.


  • Kachchi Dhoop
  • Jaan .... Radha
  • Didi Ka Dulha
  • Kaagaz Ki Kasti .... Aarti
  • Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 (2009) (Reality Dance Show)


  • Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) .... Suman
  • Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul (1992) .... Pooja Choudhry
  • Tyaagi (1992)
  • Paayal (1992)
  • Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi (1993) .... Roopa
  • Ammavra Ganda (1997) (Sandalwood movie)
  • Hello Girls (2001)
  • Maa Santoshi Maa (2003)
  • Avuna (2003) (Telugu)
  • Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle (2005) (Bhojpuri)
  • Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006) .... Simran Kohli (Special Appearance)
  • Janani (2006) .... Akanksha
  • Red Alert: The War Within (2008) .... Uma
  • Zhak Marli Bayko Keli (2009) (Marathi)
  • Maharatna Rana (Telugu)


Bhagyashree was nominated as Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1990 for her role as Suman in the film Maine Pyar Kiya but lost it to Sridevi for Chaalbaaz. She also won the Filmfare Lux New Face Award in the same year.

Bangali Actress Sabitri Chatterjee 1937

Sabitri Chatterjee (Bengali: সাবিত্রী চট্টোপাধ্যায়) (born 22 February 1937) is an Indian Bengali female actor whose career as an actor spans more than 50 years. She was born in Comilla, in British India (now in Bangladesh).

Sabitri was born on 22 February 1937 in a small town of Kamalpur in Comilla district of modern Bangladesh and is youngest among ten sisters. Her father Sashadhar Chatterjee worked in Indian Railways. During the partition of Bengal, young Sabitri was sent to the safety of an older, married sister’s house in Kolkata located at Tollygunge – the hub of filmmaking in Kolkata.


She joined a theatre group Uttar Sarathi who were doing a play on the refugees from East Pakistan titled 'Natun Yahudi'. The play was being directed by Kanu Banerjee – the actor who would later performed as Harihar Roy, in Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali and Aparajito. Sabitri also acted the film version of the play which was released in 1953. Sabitri appeared as the female lead in Sudhir Mukherjee’s comedy film Pasher Bari (1952).

Sabitri Chatterjee’s next film assignment Subhada (1952) – a film based on a novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and directed by Niren Lahiri along with Chhabi Biswas and Pahari Sanyal. In this film she played the role of an unfortunate girl named Lalana. In the same year, she appeared in her first film opposite Uttam Kumar – the family drama Basu Parivar (1952) directed by Nirmal Dey, which had Supriya Devi in the role of Uttam Kumar’s sister. Sabitri and Uttam Kumar had been friends since 1951, Uttam Kumar offered her to act in a theatrical production to be produced by his group Krishti O Srishti. The Uttam-Sabitri combination became a favourite of the Bengali cine-goers and their friendship withstood strong but false rumours of marriage.

They would be responsible for a series of memorable films including Lakh Taka (1953), Kalyani (1954), Anupama (1954), Raikamal (1955), Nabojanma (1956), Punar Milan (1957), Marutirtha Hinglaj (1959), Raja-Saja (1960), Dui Bhai (1961), Bhranti Bilas (1963), Momer Alo (1964) and Nishipadma (1970). They also had major roles in Mrinal Sen’s first feature film Raat Bhore (1955) and Tapan Sinha’s second effort Upahaar (1955). Bhranti Bilas,Mouchak and Dhanyi Meye rank high among the popular Bengali comedy cinema.

In the early eighties, Sabitri did not appear on screen as before. However, in the late 1980s, she came back with films like Mamoni, Anandalok and Haar-Jeet. Sabitri Chatterjee continues to act in commercial Bengali cinemas and television till date. She is one of the stars of the mega soap opera Sonar Harin that has run more than 1000 episodes.Currently she is acting as Muktokeshi in serial Subarnalata, adaptation of Ashapurna Devi's novel.


Best Actress in Supporting Role by The Bengal Film Journalists' Association (BFJA) in 1971.


  1. Podokkhep (2006) .... Shobita
  2. Tapasya (2006)
  3. Haar-Jeet (2000)
  4. Anandalok (1988)
  5. Mamoni (1986)
  6. Heerey Manik (1979)
  7. Seyi Chokh (1976)
  8. Sesh Parba (1972)
  9. Dhanyee Meye (1971)
  10. Malyadaan (1971) .... Patal
  11. Pratham Pratissuti (1971)
  12. Nishipadma (1970) .... Padma
  13. Kalankita Nayak (1970)
  14. Manjari Opera (1970) .... Manjari Devi
  15. Pathey Holo Dekha (1968)
  16. Grihadaha (1967) .... Mrinal
  17. Kal Tumi Aleya (1966) .... Sonaboudi
  18. Antaral (1965)
  19. Jaya (1965) .... Jaya
  20. Momer Alo (1964) .... Deepa
  21. Shesh Anka (1963) .... Lata Bose
  22. Uttarayan (1963)
  23. Nav Diganta (1962)
  24. Dui Bhai (1961)
  25. Haat Baraley Bandhu (1960)
  26. Kuhak (1960)
  27. Raja-Saja (1960)
  28. Gali Theke Rajpath (1959)
  29. Marutirtha Hinglaj (1959)
  30. Daak Harkara (1958)
  31. Daktar Babu (1958)
  32. Punar Milan (1957)
  33. Daner Maryada (1956) .... Usha
  34. Nabajanma (1956)
  35. Paradhin (1956)
  36. Raat Bhore (1956)
  37. Raikamal (1955)
  38. Godhuli (1955)
  39. Paresh (1955)
  40. Upahar (1955) .... Krishna
  41. Annapurnar Mandir (1954)
  42. Anupama (1954)
  43. Bidhilipi (1954) .... Sandhya
  44. Bratacharini (1954)
  45. Champadangar Bou (1954)
  46. Kalyani (1954)
  47. Kajari (1953)
  48. Lakh Taka (1953)
  49. Natun Yahudi (1953)
  50. Subhadra (1952) .... Lalana
  51. Basu Paribar (1952)

Bangla Film Actress Olivia অলিভিয়া 1953

অলিভিয়া একজন বাংলাদেশী চলচ্চিত্র অভিনেত্রী। ইংলিশ মিডিয়াম স্কুলে ছেলেবেলায় লেখাপড়া করেন। মাত্র তেরো-চৌদ্দ বছর বয়স থেকে মডেলিং করা শুরু করেন। চাকরি প্রয়োজনে পূর্বাণী হোটেলের রিসেপশনিস্ট হয়েছিলেন কিছুদিন। অলিভিয়া প্রায় ৫৩টির মতো ছবিতে নায়িকা হিসেবে অভিনয় করেছিলেন ।

জন্ম অলিভিয়া
১৬ ফেব্রুয়ারি ,১৯৫৩ সাল
জন্মস্থান করাচি, পাকিস্তান
পেশা চলচ্চিত্র অভিনেত্রী
যে কারণে পরিচিত চলচ্চিত্র অভিনেত্রী

অলিভিয়া পূর্বাণী হোটেলের রিসেপশনিস্ট থাকা অবস্থায় কয়েকটি বিজ্ঞাপন চিত্রে অভিনয় করেন। ১৯৭২ সালে অলিভিয়া এস এম শফি পরিচালিত ছন্দ হারিয়ে গেল নামক ছবিতে প্রথম অভিনয় করেন।যদিও জহির রায়হান তাঁর ছবি ‘লেট দেয়ার বি লাইট’ সিনেমাতে এবং বেবী ইসলাম ‘সংগীতা’ নামের চলচ্চিত্রে তাঁকে নিতে চেয়েছিলেন।পরে তিনি বাদ পড়েন।‘মাসুদ রানা’ নামের একটি সিনেমাতে প্রথম অলিভিয়াকে দেখা যায় হাঁটুর ওপর বস্ত্র পরিধান করতে যা আসলে এই দেশীয় চলচ্চিত্রে ছিল নতুন ব্যাপার।তাই পরিচালরা তাঁকে গ্ল্যামার গার্ল জাতীয় হিসেবে তাঁকে চিহ্নিত করেন এবং ঐ জাতের সিনেমাতে তাকে কাস্ট করতে থাকেন।যদিও অলিভিয়া পোশাকী, ফ্যান্টাসী এবং সামাজিক সব ধরনের সিনেমাতেই অভিনয় করেছিলেন কিন্তু দর্শকেরা তাঁকে সামাজিক ছবিতে ভালো ভাবে নেয়নি। ১৯৭৬ সালে ‘দি রেইন’ ছবিতে অভিনয় করে অসম্ভব খ্যাতি লাভ করেন। ১৯৭৬ থেকে ১৯৮০ সাল পর্যন্ত অলিভিয়া-ওয়াসিম জুটি অসম্ভব জনপ্রিয় হয়েছিল।

অলিভিয়ার স্বামী এস এম শফি তাঁর গ্ল্যামার এবং যৌন আবেদনকে ব্যবহার করতে কার্পণ্য করেন নি।তবে অলিভিয়া শক্তিশালী অভিনয়ের পরিচয় দেন রাজ্জাকের বিপরীতে ‘যাদুর বাঁশী’ ছবিতে।উল্লেখ্য ববিতার পর অলিভিয়াই চজিলেন দ্বিতীয় নায়িকা যিনি পশ্চিমবঙ্গের চলচ্চিত্র ‘বহ্নিশিখা’ ছবিতে অভিনয় করেন। ক্যারিয়ার এবং অভিনয়ের ব্যাপারে অলিভিয়া ছিলেন খামখেয়ালী, তাই তিনি বেশী দূর যেতে পারেননি।অনেকদিন বিরতির পর আশির দশকের শেষের দিকে তিনি আবার ফিরে আসতে চেয়েছিলেন চলচ্চিত্র জগতে কিন্তু তাঁর স্বামী এস এম শফির অকাল মৃত্যুতে তা সম্ভব হয়নি। তার সর্বশেষ ছবি ছিল 'দুশমনি' যা মুক্তি পেয়েছিল ১৯৯৫ সালে।

উল্লেখযোগ্য চলচ্চিত্র

* বহ্নিশিখা
* যাদুর বাঁশী
* দি রেইন
* বাহাদুর
* শাহাজাদী
* গুলবাহার
* মাসুদ রানা
* বেদ্বীন
* শ্রীমতী ৪২০
* চন্দ্রলেখা
* সাহাজাদী গুলবাহার
* টক্কর
* হিম্মতওয়ালী
* ডার্লিং
* রাস্তার রাজা
* বন্ধু
* লাল মেম সাহেব
* তকদিরের খেলা
* ছন্দ

Novelist Writer Akhteruzzaman Elias 1943 - 1997

Akhteruzzaman Elias (Bangla: আখতারুজ্জামান ইলিয়াস)(February 16, 1943 - January 4, 1997), born in Gaibandha District, Bangladesh, is a famous novelist and short story writer. Though he wrote only two novels, critics place Elias in the pantheon of great Bengali novelists. In the context of the novels of Bangladesh, he is possibly the second person highest acclaimed after Syed Waliullah.


* Chilekothar Sepai(The Soldier in an Attic) (1987) - details the psychological journey of a man during the turbulent period just prior to Bangladeshi independence in 1971. This novel also contains what is arguably the most authentic description of life in Puran Dhaka, the old and distinctive part of Dhaka.

* Khoabnama (Tale of Dreams) (1996) - Khoabnama depicts the socio-political scene in rural pre-partition Bangladesh.

Short story collections

* Dojokher Om (The Warmth of Hell)
* Dudhbhate Utpat (No Peace in Milk and Rice)

Essay collections

* Shongskritir bhanga shetu (Broken Bridge of Culture)


Akhtaruzzaman Elias has received several awards.

* Humayun Kabir Smrti Puraskar (1977),
* Bangla Academy Award in Literature (1983),
* Alaol Sahitya Puraskar (1987),
* Ananda Puraskar (1996),
* Saadat Ali Akhand Puraskar (1996),
* Kazi Mahbubullah Gold Medal (1996), and
* Ekushey Padak (1999, posthumous).

US Actress Maud Adams 1945

Maud Solveig Christina Wikström (born February 12, 1945), known professionally as Maud Adams, is a Swedish actress, known for her roles as two different Bond girls: in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), A View to a Kill (1985), and as the title character in Octopussy (1983).

Born Maud Solveig Christina Wikström
February 12, 1945 (1945-02-12) (age 66)
Luleå, Sweden
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1970–2006
Spouse Roy Adams (m. 1966–1975) «start: (1966)–end+1: (1976)»"Marriage: Roy Adams to Maud Adams" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maud_Adams)
Charles Rubin (m. 1999–present)

Early life

Adams was born Maud Solveig Christina Wikström in Luleå, Sweden, the daughter of Thyra, a government tax inspector, and Gustav Wikström, a comptroller. She had once wanted to work as an interpreter as she is fluent in five languages. She was discovered in 1963 in a shop by a photographer who asked to take her picture, a picture he submitted to the Miss Sweden contest arranged by the magazine Allers. Adams won this contest and from there her modelling career took off.


Adams moved to Paris and later to New York City to work for Eileen Ford. At this time she was one of the highest paid and most exposed models in the world.[citation needed] Her acting career started when she was asked to appear in the 1970 movie The Boys In The Band, in which she played a photo-shoot model in the opening credits. In the 1970s, she guest-starred in such American TV series as Hawaii Five-O and Kojak.

Adams was catapulted to international fame as the doomed villain's mistress in The Man with the Golden Gun with Roger Moore and Christopher Lee where her performance was reviewed as "tough but haunted". In short order, she appeared in Norman Jewison's futuristic Rollerball, several European films, and in the steamy obsession thriller Tattoo with Bruce Dern. She was so well regarded by James Bond film series producer Albert Broccoli that she was asked to return as the title character in Octopussy in 1983, this time as the lead—an exotic and mysterious smuggler, also opposite Roger Moore. Adams had a Swedish co-star on both of her Bond films, Kristina Wayborn as Magda in Octopussy and Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun. She was also an extra in A View to a Kill (1985). While portraying a Bond girl has not always indicated continued success as an actress, Adams comments, "Looking back on it, how can you not really enjoy the fact that you were a Bond Girl? It’s pop culture and to be part of that is very nice."

Adams parlayed her performance to a US television series Emerald Point NAS in 1983 and 1984, but was unable to sustain her high profile, falling back on second rate material such as Jane and the Lost City in 1987.

She hosted the Swedish TV show Kafé Luleå in 1994 and played a guest role in the Swedish soap opera Vita lögner in 1998.

She guest-starred on That '70s Show in 2000, appearing as a bridesmaid to Tanya Roberts, along with Kristina Wayborn (her Octopussy co-star) and Barbara Carrera; all four share the title of Bond girl (though Carrera was in the unofficial adaptation Never Say Never Again). Adams has remained close to the Bond producers, often attending Bond premieres and other events associated with the series.

She also was the president of a cosmetics company called Scandinavian Biocosmetics.

Personal life

Adams's first marriage, from 1966–1975 to photographer Roy Adams, ended in divorce. She then had relationships with actor Reid Smith and Steven Zax, a plastic surgeon. She married her current husband, private mediator and retired judge, Charles Rubin, in 1999. She has no children.



  • The Boys in the Band (1970) ... Photo Model
  • The Christian Licorice Store (1971) ... Cynthia
  • Mahoney's Estate (1972) ... Miriam
  • U-Turn (1973) ... Paula/Tracy
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) ... Andrea Anders
  • Rollerball (1975) ... Ella
  • Killer Force (1976) ... Clare
  • Merciless Man (1977) ... Marta Mayer
  • Laura ... Sarah
  • Tattoo (1981) ... Maddy
  • Jugando con la muerte (1982) ... Carmen
  • Octopussy (1983) ... Octopussy
  • A View to a Kill (1985) ... Woman in Fisherman's Wharf Crowd (uncredited)
  • Hell Hunters (1986) ... Amanda
  • The Women's Club (1987) ... Angie
  • Jane and the Lost City (1987) ... Lola Pagola
  • Angel III: The Final Chapter (1988) ... Nadine
  • The Mysterious Death of Nina Chereau (1988) ... Ariel Dubois
  • Deadly Intent (1988) ... Elise Marlowe
  • The Kill Reflex (1989) ... Crystal Tarver
  • Pasión de hombre (1989) ... Susana
  • The Favorite (1989) ... Sineperver
  • Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990) .. Fima
  • Ringer (1996) ... Leslie Polokoff
  • The Seekers (2006) ... Ella Swanson


  • Love, American Style (1971)
  • Gäst hos Hagge (1975)
  • Kojak (1977) (2 episodes) ... Elenor Martinson
  • Hawaii Five-O (1977) ... Maria Noble
  • Big Bob Johnson and His Fantastic Speed Circus (1978) ... Vikki Lee Sanchez
  • The Hostage Tower (1980) ... Sabrina Carver
  • Playing for Time (1980) ... Mala
  • Chicago Story (1982) ... Dr. Judith Bergstrom
  • Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983) ... Maggie Farrell
  • Nairobi Affair (1984) ... Anne Malone
  • Blacke's Magic (1986) ... Andrea Starr
  • Hotel (1986) ... Kay Radcliff
  • Mission: Impossible (1989) ... Catherine Balzac
  • A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives (1993) ... Shelly Talbot Morrison
  • Kafé Luleå (1994) ... Host
  • Radioskugga (1995) TV-series ... Sister Katarina (Guest)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (1996) ... Simone Deschamps
  • Vita lögner (1998) (20 episodes) ... Ellinor Malm
  • That '70s Show (2000) ... Holly

As director

  • Kafé Luleå (1994) (TV series)

As herself

  • Women Who Rate a 10 (1981)
  • Battle of the Network Stars XI (1981)
  • Så ska det låta (1997) (TV episode)
  • The James Bond Story (1999)
  • The Men Behind the Mayhem: The Special Effects of James Bond (2000)
  • Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (2000)
  • Inside 'Octopussy' (2000)
  • Inside 'A View to a Kill' (2000)
  • Bond Girls are Forever (2002) (TV)
  • Premiere Bond: Die Another Day (2002)
  • James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute (2002)

বাঙালি অভিনেত্রী মাধবী মুখোপাধ্যায় ১৯৪২

মাধবী মুখোপাধ্যায় (জন্ম: ১০ই ফেব্রুয়ারি, ১৯৪২) খ্যাতনামা ভারতীয় বাঙালি অভিনেত্রী । তিনি বাংলা চলচ্চিত্র জগতে অন্যতম সেরা কিছু ছবিতে অভিনয় করেছেন।

মাধবী কলকাতায় জন্মগ্রহণ করেছিলেন। তাঁর প্রথম চলচ্চিত্র অভিনয় ছিল শিশুশিল্পী হিসাবে ১৯৫০ সালে কাঁকনতলা লাইট রেলওয়ে ছবিতে।

মাধবীর আসল নাম ছিল মাধুরী। ১৯৫৬ খ্রিস্টাব্দে তপন সিংহের টনসিল ছবিতে তিনি প্রথম মুখ্য ভূমিকায় অভিনয় করেন। এরপর ১৯৬০ সালে মৃণাল সেনের বাইশে শ্রাবণ ছবিতে অভিনয় করেন । এই ছবির প্রযোজক বিজয় চট্টোপাধ্যায় তাঁর নতুন নামকরন করেন মাধবী। এরপর তিনি আরেকজন বিখ্যাত পরিচালক ঋত্বিক ঘটকের সুবর্ণরেখা ছবিতে অভিনয় করেন ।

এছাড়াও তিনি সত্যজিৎ রায়ের পরিচালনায় ১৯৬৩ সালে মহানগর ছবিতে অভিনয় করেন। এটা ছিল নারী চরিত্র প্রধান চলচ্চিত্র। এই ছবিতে আরতির ভূমিকায় তাঁর অভিনয় যথেষ্ট সাড়া ফেলেছিল। এরপর তিনি ১৯৬৪ সালে সত্যজিৎ রায়ের পরিচালনায় রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুরের নষ্টনীড় অবলম্বনে চারুলতা চলচ্চিত্রে অভিনয় করে যথেষ্ট প্রশংসিত হয়েছিলেন। ১৯৬৫ সালে সত্যজিৎ রায়ের পরিচালনায় কাপুরুষ ছবিতে অভিনয় করেন।

মাধবী বাংলা চলচ্চিত্রে নায়িকা এবং পার্শ্বচরিত্রে বহু ছবিতে অভিনয় করেছিলেন। তিনি মঞ্চেও অভিনয় করেছিলেন। আত্মজা নামক একটি চলচ্চিত্র পরিচালনাও করেছিলেন।

ব্যক্তিগত জীবন

বাংলা চলচ্চিত্রের অভিনেতা নির্মল কুমার মাধবীর স্বামী। তাঁদের দুই কন্যা সন্তান আছে।

Bangali Actress Madhabi Mukherjee 1942

Madhabi Mukherjee née Chakraborty (born 10 February 1942) is a reputed Bengali actress who has acted in some of the most critically acclaimed films in Bengali cinema.

Her major role was the title role of Charu in Satyajit Ray's masterpiece Charulata. Her impact was such that Madhabi Mukherjee is still considered among the all time greats of Bengali cinema.

Madhabi Mukherjee was born in 1943, originally Madhuri Mukherjee. She was raised with her sister Manjari by their mother in Kolkata, in what was then Bengal, India. As a young girl, she became involved in the theater.

She worked on stage with doyens like Sisir Bhaduri, Ahindra Choudhury, Nirmalendu Lahiri and the great Chhabi Biswas. Some of the plays she acted in included Naa and Kalarah. She made her film debut as a child artist in Premendra Mitra's Kankantala Light Railway (1950).

First films

Madhabi first made a major impact with Mrinal Sen's Baishey Shravan (Wedding Day) in 1960. The film is set in a Bengal village just before and during the horrific famine of 1943 in Bengal that saw over 5 million die. Madhabi plays a 16 year old girl who marries a middle-aged man. Initially she brightens up his life but then World War II and the Bengal Famine hits them. The couple's marriage disintegrates. In the end the wife hangs herself.

Her next major film was Ritwik Ghatak's Subarnarekha (The Golden Thread ) made in 1962 but released in 1965 - the last in a trilogy examining the socio-economic implications of partition, the other two being Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star) (1960) and Komal Gandhar (E-Flat) (1961). It is also perhaps Ritwik Ghatak's most complex film. In the film Ghatak depicts the great economic and socio-political crisis eating up the very entrails of the existence of Bengal from 1948 to 1962 ; how the crisis has first and foremost left one bereft of one's conscience, one's moral sense. Madhabi gives a wonderful performance as Sita, the younger sister of Ishwar (Abhi Bhattacharya) who kills herself when as a prostitute waiting for her first customer, she finds out the customer is none other than her estranged brother.

Working with Satyajit Ray

In the early 1960s, she was recruited by Satyajit Ray to portray the role of Arati in the 1963 film, Mahanagar (The Big City).

Recalling her meeting with Ray, Madhabi wrote:

He read me the entire story, Mahanagar. I was stunned. This was the first woman-centered screenplay I had encountered. I was not going to play second fiddle to the main male character as in all plays and films I had acted in or was familiar with. (p.20)

In Mahanagar, Madhabi Mukherjee plays Arati who takes a job as a saleswoman due to financial constraints in the family. The large joint family is horrified at the thought of a working woman. For Arati, going door to door selling knitting machines opens up a whole new world and new friends and acquaintances including an Anglo-Indian friend, Edith. Earning money also uppens Arati's status in the family especially when her husband (Anil Chatterjee) loses his job. When Edith is sacked unfairly, Arati resigns in protest...Madhabi's towering performance as Arati dominates the film. Quoting Film critic Roger Ebert: " it might be useful to see the performance of Madhabi Mukherjee in this film. She is a beautiful deep, wonderful actress who simply surpasses all ordinary standards of judgment."

This film was soon followed by her portrayals of Charu in Charulata (The Lonely Wife), the 1964 film based on Rabindranath Tagore's novella Nashtanir (The Broken nest, 1901). Mukherjee's stunning portrayal of Charulata,a bored and neglected housewife of Calcutta in the 19th century, is undoubtedly a towering performance in the history of Indian cinema.

Without doubt Madhabi reached the peak of her career with this film, possibly Ray's greatest film as well, the Apu trilogy notwithstanding. As the bored and neglected housewife in Victorian Calcutta of the 1870s who gets attracted to her husband's cousin Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), Madhabi makes the central role of Charu her own. It is without doubt one of the greatest performances of Indian cinema. She lives the role. She is Charulata. Till date Madhabi in Charulata remains the benchmark for what an ideal Tagore heroine should be and it is said that when Ray returned to Tagore with Ghare Baire (1984) (The Home and the World), he stylised Swatilekha Chatterjee in a manner similar to Madhabi in Charulata.

Madhabi's third and last film with Ray was Kapurush (The Coward) in 1965.. The films looks at Amitabha Roy (Soumitra Chatterjee), a screenwriter whose car breaks down in a small town. He lodges with a local resident, Bimal Gupta (Haradhan Bannerjee). Bimal is married to Karuna (Madhabi Mukherjee), who was a past girlfriend of Amitabha, a fact which Bimal is unaware of. Despite playing out predictably, Kapurush still has a great deal of charm, most notably in the wordless acting prowess demonstrated by Soumitra and Madhabi. Through their subtle eye movements and small body gestures, we are able to discern their unspoken turmoil especially Madhabi's who behaves totally indifferently to Soumitra even as he tries to re-connect to her.

After Satyajit Ray

Though she remained a big star in the Bengali commercial film industry, after Kapurush Madhabi failed to reach such critical heights as her films with Ritwik Ghatak and Satyajit Ray again.

Her major films post Kapurush include Calcutta 71 in 1972 by Mrinal Sen, Biraj Bou in 1972 by Manu Sen, Streer Patra in 1972 by Purnendu Patri, Ganadevata in 1978 by Tarun Majumdar, Bancharamer Bagan in 1980 by Tapan Sinha, Chokh in 1982 then Chhandaneer in 1989 by Utpalendu Chakrabarty and Utsab in 2000 by Rituparno Ghosh.

Personal life

Madhabi is married to Bengali film actor Nirmal Kumar. They have two daughters but are currently separated.

She wrote her autobiography Ami Madhabi in 1995.

Bollywood Actress Amrita Singh 1958

Amrita Singh (born February 9, 1958) is an Indian film actress. Amrita's paternal grandfather, Sir Sobha Singh, was a noted civil contractor, made a substantial fortune during the building of New Delhi in the early decades of the 20th century.

In 1991, Amrita gave up acting for a family life with actor Saif Ali Khan, who is 12 years her junior. The couple have two children, a daughter Sara Ali Khan and a son Ibrahim Ali Khan.

They were separated in 2004 and Amrita Singh now lives with her two children.

Born Amrita Singh
February 9, 1958 (1958-02-09) (age 53)
Hadali, Punjab, India
Occupation Actress/Producer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse Saif Ali Khan (Divorced) (1991–2004)

Amrita's mother, Rukhsana Sultana, was influential in launching her daughter's career in Hindi cinema. She lobbied with B.R. Chopra who was looking for a fresh face for his film "Nikah". Having already rejected Zeenat Aman (who played the lead in his previous mega success "Insaf ka Tarazu") he decided on Salma Agha. Rukhsana Sultana was miffed and wrote threatening letters to Salma Agha in hopes of scaring the British raised girl to run back to London. The controversy over the anonymous letters grew and the letters were finally traced back to Amrita Singh, however, much after Betaab was already on the floors. Salma Agha went on to do Nikaah, Zeenat Aman moved on to another mega success, Qurbaani and Amrita Singh got her success with Betaab.

Amrita made her Bollywood debut in 1983 with Betaab, a vastly successful film in which she paired with the debutant Sunny Deol. This was quickly followed by a succession of hits, such as Sunny in (1984); Mard which was the biggest hit of that year, and Saaheb in (1985); Chameli Ki Shaadi and Naam in (1986); Khudgarz in (1987), and so on. Amrita made a successful pair in several films not only with Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dutt, but also with Anil Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, two leading actors of the 1980s. As well as playing leading roles, she also played supporting negative roles in films such as Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992) and Aaina (1993). She also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the latter. These successes did not dissuade her from her resolve to retire into family life, and Amrita quit acting after 1993. She returned to acting in 2002 with the film 23rd March 1931: Shaheed where she played the mother of Bhagat Singh (played by Bobby Deol). She then appeared on the STAR Plus television serial, Kavyanjali in 2005. Later that year she won acclaim for her performance in yet another negative role for the film Kalyug.

In 2007, Amrita played the role of the gangster Maya Dolas's mother, Ratnaprabha Dolas, in the Sanjay Gupta film Shootout at Lokhandwala, directed by Apoorva Lakhia. Vivek Oberoi played the role of Maya. Her last release was the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan where she appeared in the short story Poornmasi.


  • Kajraare (2010)
  • Dus Kahaniyaan (2007)
  • Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)
  • Kalyug (2005)
  • 23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
  • Rang (1993)
  • Aaina (1993)
  • Dil Aashna Hai (1992)
  • Kal Ki Awaz (1992)
  • Suryavanshi (1992)
  • Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992)
  • Pyaar Ka Saaya (1991)
  • Rupaye Dus Karod (1991)
  • Akayla (1991)
  • Dharam Sankat (1991)
  • Paap Ki Aandhi (1991)
  • Sadhu Sant (1991)
  • C.I.D. (1990)
  • Krodh (1990)
  • Aag Ka Dariya (1990)
  • Maut Ke Farishtey (1990)
  • Veeru Dada (1990)
  • Jaadugar (1989)
  • Toofan (1989)
  • Batwara (1989)
  • Ilaaka (1989)
  • Galiyon Ka Badshah (1989)
  • Hathyar (1989)
  • Sachai Ki Taqat (1989)
  • Agnee (1988)
  • Charanon Ki Saugandh (1988)
  • Waris (1988)
  • Shukriyaa (1988)
  • Tamacha (1988)
  • Kabzaa (1988)
  • Thikana (1987)
  • Khudgarz (1987)
  • Naam O Nishan (1987)
  • Naam (1986)
  • Karamdaata (1986)
  • Kala Dhanda Goray Log (1986)
  • Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)
  • Mera Dharam (1986)
  • Mard (1985)
  • Saaheb (1985)
  • Betaab (1983)
  • lamhe (1991)


  • Kavyanjali as Nitya Nanda

Awards and nominations

  • 1994:won:Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Aaina
  • 2007:Nominated:Filmfare Best Villain Award forKalyug

Bollywood Actor Abhishek Bachchan 1976

Abhishek Bachchan is son of the famous Bollywood mega-stars Jaya Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan. Abhishek Bachchan is married to Aishwarya Rai, the former Miss World and Bollywood heartthrob. Abhishek Bachhan started his filmy career with the movie "Refugee" opposite Kareena Kapoor. Refugee was not a success at the box office. In the next four years after refugee Abhisek did many more movies without any success at the box office. Abhishek Bachchan proved his mettle as an actor in Mani Ratnam's "Yuva". The same year, he gave his first major hit film "Dhoom". His next released films "Bunty Aur Bably", "Dus", "Bluffmaster" and "Sarkar" were also successful at the Box Office. Abhishek went on to win Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for "Sarkar". His dance sequence with Amitabh Bachchan in the song "Kajra Re………." became a rage. Abishekh Bachhan also sang in the films "Bluffmaster" and "Dhoom".

Abhishek's recent released film "Guru" was successful at box office; rather it was his first solo hit film. He also received good reviews for his performance in the movie "Laga Chunari Mein Daag".

Date of Birth: 5th February, 1976.
Nickname: Junior B, A B baby.
Address: Abhishek Bachchan, Pratiksha, 10th Road, J.V.P.D. Scheme Mumbai 400 049
Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Education: Graduate, Aiglon College (Switzerland)
Debut Film: "Refugee"
Film Awards: IIFA Awards
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor for "Sarkar"
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor for "Yuva"
Star Screen Best Comedian Award for "Bunty Aur Babli"

Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom , Shootout at Lokhandwala , Guru , Dhoom 2, Umrao Jaan , Kabhi Alvida Naa kehna , Bluff Master, Vasundhara , Salaam Namaste, Sarkar, Bunty Aur Babli , Antar Mahal, Dus, Dhoom, Phir Milenge, Yuva, Hum Tum , Naach , Rakht, Run, Kuch Naa Kaho, LOC Kargil, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, Zameen , Desh, Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, Om Jai Jagadish, Shararat, Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai, Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke, Refugee and Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa.

  • Abhishek did not finish his business degree from Boston University (U S A) as he wanted to pursue his career in Bollywood.
  • He has a sister named Shweta, now she is married.
  • Abhishek was awarded "Yash Bharatiya Samman" by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
  • He was engaged to Karishma Kapoor, which did not last long.

Bangladeshi Cricketer Imrul Kayes 1987

Imrul Kayes (Bangali: born 2nd February 1987, in Meherpur) is a Bangladeshi international cricketer who plays for Khulna Division as a left-hand batsman and occasional wicket-keeper.

He made his first-class debut in 2006, playing 15 first-class matches and 16 One Day matches before being called up for the third One Day International between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Chittagong.

Batting at number three, he made just 12 runs as Bangladesh lost by 79 runs.

He made his Test match debut in November 2008, playing the first Test of a series in South Africa. He opened the batting on his debut, but made just 10 and 4 in his two innings, being dismissed twice on the second afternoon of the match.

He later found form in 2010 scoring 867 runs, becoming the 5th highest runs scorer of the year in ODIs at an average of 32.11. He scored his maiden ODI century against New Zealand.

Although his role in the Bangladesh team is to play the anchor, he has played many fine innings. Notably, the one against India in which he scored 34 of 29 and the one against Australia, in which he scored 93 of 95.

Full name Imrul Kayes
Born 2 February 1987 (1987-02-02) (age 24)
Meherpur, Bangladesh
Batting style Left handed
Role Batsman, occasional wicketkeeper
International information
National side Bangladesh
Test debut (cap 53) 19 November 2008 v South Africa
Last Test 4 June 2010 v England
ODI debut (cap 92) 14 October 2008 v New Zealand
Last ODI 19 March 2011 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006-present Khulna Division
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 13 36 35 62
Runs scored 453 1,082 1,667 2,118
Batting average 17.42 30.91 25.64 35.89
100s/50s 0/1 1/8 2/6 4/13
Top score 75 101 138 133*
Balls bowled 6 12 29
Wickets 0 0 2
Bowling average 15.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/18
Catches/stumpings 12/0 7/0 22/0 14/2

বাংলাদেশী ক্রিকেটার ইমরুল কায়েস ১৯৮৭

'ইমরুল কায়েস একজন বাংলাদেশী ক্রিকেটার। বাঁহাতি ব্যাটসম্যান এবং অকেশনাল উইকেটকীপার। খুলনা বিভাগীয় দলের হয়ে খেলে থাকা এই ক্রিকেটারের জন্ম ২রা ফেব্রুয়ারী, ১৯৮৭, মেহেরপুর।

প্রথম শ্রেণীর ক্রিকেটে তার অভিষেক হয় ২০০৬ সালে। ন্যাশনাল স্কোয়াডে ডাক পাবার পূর্বেই তিনি ১৫টি প্রথম শ্রেণীর ম্যাচ ও ১৬টি একদিনের ম্যাচ খেলে অভিজ্ঞতার ঝুলি সম্‌দ্ধ করেন। বাংলাদেশ ও নিউজিল্যান্ডের মধ্যকার সিরিজের ত্‌তীয় ম্যাচে চট্টগ্রামের মাটিতে তার আন্তর্জাতিক ক্রিকেটে অভিষেক হয়। তিন নম্বরে ব্যাট করতে নেমে তিনি মাত্র ১২ রান করে আউট হন। দল হারে ৭৯ রানে।

টেস্ট ক্রিকেটে তার অভিষেক হয় ২০০৮ এর নভেম্বরে, দক্ষিণ আফ্রিকার বিরুদ্ধে সিরিজের প্রথম টেস্টেই।. শুরুটা মোটেও সুখকর হয়নি তার জন্য। দু'ইনিংসে তার সংগ্রহ ছিল যথাক্রমে ১০ ও ৪।

২০১০ এ তিনি তার সেরা ফর্মে ছিলেন। এ বছর ৩২.১১ গড়ে ৮৬৭ রান করে তিনি ঐ বছরের পঞ্চম সর্বোচ্চ রান সংগ্রাহক হন। তার প্রথম ওয়ানডে সেঞ্চুরিটি নিউজিল্যান্ড দলের বিরুদ্ধে।

জন্ম ২ ফেব্রুয়ারি ১৯৮৭ (1987-02-02) (বয়স ২৪)

Meherpur, Bangladesh
রোল Batsman, occasional wicketkeeper
ব্যাটিং স্টাইল Left-handed
আন্তর্জাতিক তথ্য
প্রথম টেস্ট (cap 53) 19 November 2008: v South Africa
শেষ টেস্ট 4 June 2010: v England
ওডিআই ডেবিউ (cap 92) 14 October 2008: v New Zealand
শেষ ওডিআই 25 February 2011: v Ireland
দেশীয় দলের তথ্য
বছর দল
2006-present Khulna Division
জীবিকা পরিসংখ্যান

ম্যাচ 13 32 35 58
সর্বমোট রান 453 940 1,667 1,976
ব্যাটিং গড় 17.42 29.37 25.64 35.28
১০০/৫০ 0/1 1/6 2/6 4/11
টপ স্কোর 75 101 138 133*

বল bowled 6 12 29
উইকেট 0 0 2
বোলিং গড় 15.50
ইনিংস-এ ৫ উইকেট 0 0 0
ম্যাচে ১০ উইকেট 0 0 0
বেস্ট বলিং 2/18
ক্যাচ/স্টাম্পিং 12/0 5/0 22/0 12/2

Bangali Actress Sumita Devi 1936 - 2004

Sumita Devi (Bengali: সুমিতা দেবী) (February 2, 1936 - January 6, 2004) was a Bangla film and TV actress. She was born Hena Bhattacharya in Manikganj District, Bengal (now in Bangladesh). She was married to the filmmaker Zahir Raihan.

Born 1936
Dhaka, British India
Died January 6, 2004
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation Actress,
Spouse Zahir Raihan

Film career

Sumita Devi was a leading personality of Dhaka film society in the 1960s. She first acted in the feature film Aasia (1960). Her next film was Akash Ar Mati (1959). Both were directed by Fateh Lohani. Aasia got the President's Award as the best Bengali film for 1960. Sumita's career in acting spanned for nearly four decades. She acted in the main role in more than fifty feature films and in side roles in more than a hundred. Noted among the films Sumita acted in are E Desh Tomar Amar (1959; started later, but completed before Aasia), Aasia (1960), Kokhono Asheni (1961), Sonar Kajol (1962), Kancher Deyal (1963), Ei To Jibon (1964), Dui Diganta (1964), Behula (1966), Agun Niye Khela (1967), Obhishap (1967), Ora Egaro Jon (1972), Sujon Sokhi (1975) and Amar Janmabhumi (197-). During her long career in acting, she performed roles in radio, television and theatre as well. As a filmmaker, Sumita produced five films. These were Agun Niye Khela, Momer Alo, Mayar Sangsar, Adarsha Chhapakhana and Notun Probhat.

Personal life

Sumita Devi was born to a Brahmin family. Following her entry into movies, she married the director Zahir Raihan in 1961 and had two sons. During this time, she also converted to Islam and changed her name to Nilufar Begum, even though she was continued to be known by her stage name. Sumita Devi became an active artiste for the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendro (Independent Bengal Radio Station) during the Bangladesh Liberation War.


  • All Pakistan Critic Award, 1962
  • Nigar Award 1963 for Kancher Deyal
  • Bangladesh Film Journalist Association Award
  • Television Reporters Association of Bangladesh Award
  • Agartala Muktijoddha Award, 2002
  • Janakantha Gunijan and Pratibha Sammanona, 2002

Indian Mexican Actress Bárbara Mori 1978

Bárbara Mori Ochoa (born February 2, 1978) is a Uruguayan-Mexican actress and model.

Mori started work modeling and later became a telenovela actress with TV Azteca, when she starred in the soap opera Azul Tequila. Her big break came in 2004, with the telenovela Rubí (a remake of the 1968 series) by rival network Televisa, in which she played the main character.

Born Barbara Mori Ochoa
February 2, 1978 (1978-02-02) (age 33)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Uruguayan-Mexican
Occupation actress, model


Bárbara Mori Ochoa was born on 2 February 1978. She is of Uruguayan-Japanese and Mexican heritage; her Japanese ancestry is from her paternal grandfather. She has two siblings, actress Kenya Mori and brother Kintaró Mori. Her parents Yuyi Mori and Rosario Ochoa divorced when she was three years of age. Mori spent her early childhood between Mexico and Uruguay and finally settled in Mexico City at the age of twelve.

One day, while working as a waitress at the age of fourteen, fashion designer Marcos Toledo invited her to work as a model. She became independent by the age of seventeen and went to live with her cousins. At nineteen she met actor Sergio Mayer, who would later become father to their son Sergio, born in 1998. They never married.

She later studied acting in El Centro de Estudios de Formación Actoral. She made her acting debut in the Mexican telenovela Al norte del corazón. She then participated in the comedy series Tric Tac and Mirada de mujer the following year. She obtained her first TVyNovelas Award for her role in Mirada de mujer for Best New Actress.

In 1998, Bárbara Mori got her first leading role as "Azul" in the series Azul Tequila, co-starring with Mauricio Ochmann. A year later she filmed the series Me muero por tí in Miami, with Peruvian actor Christian Meier. She participated in her first film in 2000, in the Mexican comedy Inspiración. Later, she acted in various other telenovelas, including Amor descarado and the highly–rated Mexican soap opera, Rubí, which earned her another TVyNovelas Award.

In 2005 she obtained the starring role in the blockbuster film La mujer de mi hermano as Zoe, and her husband was portrayed by Christian Meier, with whom she had previously co-starred in Me muero por tí. She also won the leading role in "Pretendiendo", a Chilean/Mexican-backed movie which was critically panned.

Indian film producer Rakesh Roshan signed her as the leading lady for his movie Kites opposite his son, Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan. It was shot in New Mexico, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, it went into production by the end of July 2008, and was released on May 21, 2010.

Mori was diagnosed with early stage cancer and is now a proud survivor. She talks about her journey in UniGlobe Entertainment's docu-drama titled 1 a Minute, scheduled for release on 6 October 2010 in the USA and 29 October 2010 in India. The documentary is being made by actress Namrata Singh Gujral and will also feature cancer survivors Olivia Newton-John, Diahann Carroll, Melissa Etheridge, Namrata Singh Gujral, Mumtaz and Jaclyn Smith as well as William Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin and Priya Dutt, whose lives have been touched by cancer. The feature is narrated by Kelly McGillis. The film will also star Lisa Ray, Deepak Chopra and Morgan Brittany.


  • 1 a Minute (2010/2011 Star
  • Kites (2010) as Natasha/Linda
  • Violanchelo (2009) as Consuelo
  • Cosas insignificantes (2008) as Paola
  • Por siempre (2007)
  • Robots (2005) as Cappy (Spanish language version)
  • La mujer de mi hermano (2005) as Zoe
  • Pretendiendo (2005) as Helena/Amanda
  • Inspiración (2000)

Bangladeshi Writer Hasan Azizul Huq 1939

Hasan Azizul Huq (Bangla: হাসান আজিজুল হক) is a Bangladeshi writer, reputed for his short stories. He was born on 2 February 1939 in Jabgraam in Burdwan district of West Bengal, India. However, later his parents moved to Fultala, near the city of Khulna, Bangladesh.

He taught in the department of philosophy of the Rajshahi University for a long time and retired as a professor of philosophy. He now lives in "Ujan", the name of his home near the campus of the Rajshahi University.

Huq is well known for his experimentations with the language and introducing modern idioms in his writings. His use of language and symbolism has earned him critical acclaim. His stories explore the psychological depths of human beings as well as portray the lives of the peasants of Bangladesh.

Huq has received most of the major literary awards of Bangladesh including the Bangla Academy Award in 1970.


* Samudrer Swapna, Shiter Aranya (1964)
* Atmaja O Ekti Karabi Gachh (1967)
* Jiban Ghashe Agun (1973)
* Namhin Gotrohin (1974)
* Patale Haspatale (1981)
* Ma Meyer Songsar (1997)
* Raarhbanger Golpo (1999)
* Brittayan
* Agunpakhi (2005)
* Ke Banche Ke Banchay (2009)
* Fire Jai Fire Aasi (2009)


* Druhee Katha-shahityak Abdur Rouf Choudhury Memorial Award (2003)
* Adamjee Sahitya Puroshkar
* Bangla Academy Literary Award (1970)
* Lekhok Shibir Puroshkar
* Alaol Sahitya Puroshkar
* Alokto Sahitya Puroshkar
* Agrani Bank Puroshkar
* Philips Sahitya Puroshkar
* Ananda Purashkar (2008) for Agunpakhi, published by Sandhani Prokashoni in 2005

BJP Founder And X President of Bangladesh Hussain Muhammad Ershad 1930

Lieutenant General Hussain Muhammad Ershad (Bengali: হুসেইন মুহাম্মদ এরশাদ Hussein Muhammad Ershad) born (February 1, 1930) is a Bangladeshi politician who was President of Bangladesh from 1983 to 1990. Previously, he was Chief of Staff of the Bangladesh Army and then Chief Martial Law Administrator in 1982.

He is a United Nations Laureate and won the parliamentary elections three times after being toppled from the presidency. Although commonly termed as an autocratic military dictator his popularity remained; even when in prison awaiting trial, Ershad won the Parliamentary Elections from five different constituencies twice - in the elections of 1991 & 1996. In 2009 he formed a "Grand Alliance" against the Bangladesh Nationalist Party's (BNP) Four-Party Alliance and became the first Bangladeshi politician to apologize publicly for all wrong doings of the past and asked for forgiveness. The Grand Alliance (Mohajote) won the elections in December 2008 and HM Ershad became a Member of Parliament once again.

Despite of all the ethical dilemma and corruption surrounding him, Hussain Muhammad Ershad did manage to leave behind a legacy of developments in infrastructure, socio-economic growth and brought stability to Bangladesh's Armed Forces. The former Chief of Army Staff & President, Lieutenant General Hussain Muhammad Ershad is currently a Member of Parliament & Chairman of Jatiya Party - the second largest party in Bangladesh's Coalition Government known as Grand Alliance (Mohajote) as of January 2009.

Early life and military career

Hussain Muhammad Ershad was born in Rangpur in 1930. His parents migrated from Dinhata subdivision of Coochbehar district of West Bengal, India. He graduated from the University of Dhaka in 1950 and was commissioned into the Pakistan Army in 1952. Between he was an adjutant in the East Bengal regimental depot in Chittagong. He also completed advanced courses from the prestigious Command and Staff College in Quetta in 1966. After serving with a brigade in Sialkot, he was given command of the 3rd East Bengal Regiment in 1969 and the 7th East Bengal Regiment in 1971. During the Bangladesh Liberation War, he was interned along with other Bengali officers stationed in West Pakistan as a Prisoner of War at the outbreak of the 1971 Liberation War and repatriated to Bangladesh in 1973 in accordance with the Simla Agreement between India's Indira Gandhi and Pakistan's Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto. He arrived back to his homeland - the new state of Bangladesh in 1973, and was appointed Adjutant General of the Bangladesh Army by Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. After attending advanced military courses in National Defence University (NDU), India, Ershad was appointed Deputy chief of army staff in 1975 by Major General Ziaur Rahman when Zia became the Deputy Chief Martial Law Administrator following Chief Justice of Bangladesh Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem's elevation to the presidency on November 7, 1975.

Ershad remained loyal to Ziaur Rahman, Major General Zia had been appointed Army Chief by President of Bangladesh Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad after the Assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country's founding leader, on 15 August 1975 as the country headed towards communism banning multiparty rule by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Although Major General Ziaur Rahman was arrested in a counter-coup on November 3, 1975, he was restored to power in a coup led by Colonel Abu Taher on November 7, 1975. When Ziaur Rahman assumed the presidency after legalizing military coups and the revival of the multiparty system through the Fifth Amendment of the Bangladesh Constitution he appointed HM Ershad as the new Chief of Army Staff, promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General. Viewed as a professional soldier with no political aspiration because of his imprisonment during the Bangladesh Independence War in former West Pakistan and having a talent for Bengali speech writing, he soon became the closest politico-military counselor of Major General Ziaur Rahman.


Presidential Oath Taking Ceremony after 1987 elections, the Chief Justice and Military Secretary (1984-1989) Brigadier General ABM Elias is also seen

After the assassination of Ziaur Rahman on 30 May 1981, Ershad remained loyal to the government and ordered the army to suppress the coup attempt of Zia's associates led by Major General Abul Manzoor. It is widely speculated that Monjur was used as a scapegoat and Ershad himself was behind the liquidation of President Zia; although never proven in any court of law, even when Zia's widow was in power in 1991-1996 and again in 2001-2006. Ershad maintained loyalty to the new president Abdus Sattar, who led the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to victory in elections in 1982. Ershad even alloted two houses to Mrs. Khaleda Zia and her two sons, one of them in Dhaka Cantonment where Ziaur Rahman's family still resides, and became a centre point of controversy later on, and evicted from it in November 2010.

However the BNP government was not doing well and pressure increased from high-ranking army commanders for the military to take over the reins of state. Ershad came to power in a bloodless coup on 24 March 1982 and proclaimed himself Chief Martial Law Administrator (CMLA), President Justice Sattar was replaced. He took over as president on 11 December 1983 by replacing A. F. M. Ahsanuddin Chowdhury.

SAARC Summit 1986, DhakaBangabhaban; HM Ershad, Rajiv Gandhi, Ziaul Huq among other Head of States

Ershad played a key role during the SAARC Summit in 1985, which was the first summit held in Dhaka, uniting all member states of South-East Asian States. A significant achievement was that he brought together the leaders of arch rivals - India and Pakistan, Rajiv Gandhi and Ziaul Haque respectively.

As president, Ershad included amendments into the constitution of Bangladesh which declared Islam the state religion, abandoning state secularism. To improve rural administration, Ershad introduced the Upazila and Zila Parishad system and held the 'first democratic elections for these village councils' in 1985.

In a sham Presidential Election, 1987, Ershad was nominated by Jatiyo Party, which had been created by him and his supporters. Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) boycotted it. The only significant candidate was Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd.) Syed Faruque Rahman, prime accused in the August 15 Assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the November 3 jail killing in 1975. Faruque contested with shiff of paddy, otherwise, the trditional insignia of BNP. Ershad, however, won the election.

Although the BNP led by Khaleda Zia boycotted, the Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina participated in the Bangladeshi general election, 1986. The Jatiyo Party led by Ershad won the elections winning a majority in the Jatiyo Sangshad. In 1987 Bangladesh's Land Ministry launched the 'Land Reforms Action Program', an initiative to distribute khas – unoccupied state-owned land – to landless families. A novel element of the land reform was the establishment by the Ministry of Land.

Ershad's regime is often seen as the longest autocratic rule in Bangladesh. Although there were two general elections, they were widely criticized by the opposition parties - BNP boycotted the election in 1986 but that election gained legitimacy as the other major opposition party Awami League founded by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Jamaat-e-Islami which was resurrected by President Ziaur Rahman also participated the election.

Both the BNP and the Awami League boycotted the Bangladeshi general election, 1988. There were some reports of violence, human rights abuse and corruption during his tenure, which, however, still is a common practice by any government in power in Bangladesh and simply multiplied. It should be noted that Transparency International branded Bangladesh as the most corrupt country in the world for the first time during the tenure of Awami League (1996 to 2001) and never went off the number one spot till the fall of BNP (2001 to 2006).

UN award

He was awarded as a United Nations' Laureate twice during his presidency, from the United Nations.

  • In recognition of outstanding contributions to increasing the awareness of population questions and to their solution Ershad was awarded UN Population Award in 1987 by the General Assembly.
  • He campaigned for the early conclusion of an international convention on the protection and conservation of climate. He also proposed a worldwide fund to help developing countries stop environmental degradation; for which he was awarded the UN Environment Award in 1988


The Jamuna Bridge

During Ershad's rule, the construction of the Jamuna Bridge connecting the country's east and west together, was started. The Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge Authority (JMBA) was set up by an ordinance promulgated by the President on July 3, 1985 to implement the project. For mobilisation of domestic resources, another ordinance was promulgated by which a Jamuna Bridge surcharge and levy were introduced. A total of Tk 5.08 billion was mobilised in the process till its abolition.

H M Ershad stabilized the Bangladesh Armed Forces which was facing a series of Coups and counter Coups ever since its emergence as a nation in 1971. The South Asian Multidisciplinary Academic Journal documents the Bangladesh Army's history regarding this. The Bangladesh Armed Forces did not attempt any coups since Ershad's takeover in 1982 till the fall of BNP government in 1996. The Awami League in alliance with Jatiya Party won Bangladeshi general election, June 1996.

During Ershad's tenure as President of Bangladesh elected in 1986, the Bangladesh Army started its participation in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in 1988 for the very first time. The particiaption of Bangladesh Armed Forces in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations initiated by Ershad turned out to be one of the highest source of foreign currency earners today.

He was the first leader in history to sign a death sentence for throwing acid on women. In the early eighties he himself signed the death sentence of three people who had thrown acid at girls refusing their advances and ordered their public hanging. This led to a dramatic lowering of throwing acid on girls. He also issued death sentence ruling for any one who would mutilate children for begging. In Bangladesh he was the one who passed a law that if a child is found crippled on the road he has to be taken to police custody and then from their to a hospital and appropriate institution. Any one who voluntarily cripples a child or any one is given a death sentence. This also led to a dramatic decline in crippling children begging in Bangladesh. He also had a long term ruling on health care with issuing free Tuberculosis and leprosy drugs for the patients in all the health complexes. He stopped human transportation on the Bangladesh Borders. He launched a wide spread campaign against use of Illicit drugs and opening of drug rehabillation centre in Bangladesh.

The Land Reforms Ordinance of 1984 granted important rights to tenants for the first time in the history of Bangladesh, and a new plan for the divestment of government industries promised to move the country away from socialism.


A wide umbrella of political parties united against Ershad. Zia's widow Khaleda Zia now led the BNP, which allied itself with the Awami League, led by Mujib's daughter Sheikh Hasina; Awami League stopped its support to Ershad and resigned from the Parliament in 1987. The leftist parties and groups remained keen to keep other parties on the track towards the ousting of Ershad's regime. The Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and other parties also joined the opposition ranks. The strikes and protests called by the opposition groups paralysed the state and its economy. Under pressure, Ershad dissolved the parliament on 7 December 1987 but the fresh elections were again boycotted by the opposition. An intensifying opposition campaign launched by the students ultimately forced Ershad to step down on 6 December 1990. The West, that backed him for almost a decade, no longer supported the Non-Socialist President after the fall of USSR

He handed over power to Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed to form an acceptable neutral Caretaker Government; this was a move that was made for the very first time in the country's history and was not in the constitution at the time. Shahabuddin immediately placed Ershad under arrest. However this act by Shahabuddin was declared illegal by the country's Supreme Court later on. Lt General Nuruddin Khan unlike his predecessor Lt Gen Atiqur Rahman did not back the President. In 1996 the newly elected Government of Awami League selected Shahabuddin as the President and Lt General Nuruddin Khan became the Energy Minister, only to be dismissed for gross mismanagement.

Although anti-Ershad sentiment was strong, H M Ershad contested the election from jail and still won all 5 different constituencies he contested from in 1991. The new government led by the BNP's Khaleda Zia instituted a number of corruption charges. Ershad was convicted in two charges till date, while all others were dismissed and thrown out of court.

In the 1991 and 1996 elections, Ershad again won from five different constituencies from jail twice. In 1996 he provided his support to the Awami League and formed a government of consensus although his party sat on the opposition side of the parliament.

He was released from jail on 9 January 1997 by the government but only after unconditional support was provided to Awami League by the former President.

Arrest, charges and conviction


On Sunday, 1 March 1998, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh ruled that President Hussain Muhammad Ershad's original arrest in 1990 by the Caretaker Government led by Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed was illegal. This declaration by the country's apex court would allow him to sue for wrongful arrest as per his discretion. Shahabuddin Ahmed was President-select at the time of the ruling and no press release from him was found afterward. However Ershad was convicted on a separate charge eleven years after his original arrest.

Charges and convictions

H M Ershad has been convicted and served time for only one case that has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the nation - Janata Tower Case. When his relations with the ruling Awami League subsequently deteriorated as the he joined hands with the other main opposition BNP of Khaleda Zia. This s the only conviction that has been upheld by the country's Supreme Court till date.

There are still a few other pending cases against him but most has been thrown out of the court or cleared him of any wrong doing. The most famous case that the BNP Government at the time falsely implicated him by was a gold smuggling case. This was later thrown out by a Dhaka Court.

Personal life

Hussain Mohammad Ershad is married to Raushan Ershad, they have Shad Ershad. For several years, Ershad was also simultaneously married to his second wife Bidisha Ershad. While polygamy is forbidden in Bangladesh Ershad was never charged for polygamy nor did his first wife ever stated or denied that he commuted polygamy. He also has a son Eric Ershad from that marriage. Raushan Ershad never publicly condoned or acknowledged her acceptance of the marriage. However she briefly broke away and formed her own faction of Jatiya Party, three years after the announcement of the second marriage of Ershad but reunited shortly.

A woman named Mary Mumtaz filed a suit against Ershad in USA, seeking dissolution of marriage. She alleged that he had abandoned her, thereby asked for inter alia, an award for spousal maintenance and distribution of marital properties. However, as per USA constitution of Immunity from Prosecution for Head of State of a Friendly Nation the proceedings did not follow. This alleged third marriage stays unconfirmed as the matter was not perused..

His eldest son Shad Ershad ran into legal complications when he was arrested for allegedly abducting a 14 year old girl, later the girl's father has been quoted as saying she is mentally unstable. Ershad claimed that this was a false accusation, made to discredit his party. Ershad filed suit at High Court of Bangladesh of Bangladesh challenging the arrest.

Ershad has been linked by the media on different extra-marital affairs, which were on tabloids and newspapers in the country soon after his downfall which continued till 2006. His alleged affair with Zeenat Mosharraf, a member of Parliament almost removed him from the Chairmanship.

His marriage with Bidisha ended in a bitter divorce and sedition charges brought by the then BNP Government against Bidisha. H M Ershad divorced her for allegedly hiding her first marriage which still was not annulled at the time of their marriage.

His wife and former first lady of Bangladesh Mrs. Raushan Ershad was also elected as a Member of Parliament thrice in the elections of 1991, 1996 and 2001. She contested the elections of 2008 from Ershad's Jatiya Party again but lost her seat in a controversial seat sharing deal against the party's ally Awami League.

Later political career

Hussain Muhammad Ershad, is the only high profile politician to be convicted of corruption and serve a prison sentence. Legal complexities tend to prolong the investigation and settlement of the corruption cases against senior politicians in Bangladesh."We really don't know what will be the fate of these cases", lawyer Shahdeen Malik told the BBC.

Ershad lost his membership in parliament owing to his conviction on charges of corruption when his relations with the ruling Awami League subsequently deteriorated. He switched his support to his one-time political adversary and main opposition leader, Khaleda Zia forming an anti-government coalition. Thus the questionable court verdict followed.

Both Khaleda Zia of BNP and Sheikh Hasina of Awami League allied together to oust HM Ershad. Ironically both of these two top parties also allied with him and his Jatiya Party in time of their need to suit their purpose.

On June 30, 2007 Ershad stepped down temporarily from the post of Party Chairman, indicating an end to his political career. It is speculated that he stepped down under pressure as the Caretaker Government started a series of prosecution and arrest for corruption and criminal charges against political leaders of Awami League and BNP including Sheikh Hasina Khaleda Zia and her infamous son Tareq Rahman among others.


On 8 April 2008, Ershad took charge of his Jatiya Party once again Back in 2006 he protested against the controversial Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz Decesion's process on holding polls. He later joined the street movement along with Awami League.

On 19 November 2008 Jatiya Party & Awami League agreed to contest the elections jointly under the Caretaker Government to be held on 29 December 2008. Out of the 300 Constituencies in the Parliament, Ershad's Jatiya Party contest from 49 (later 42 as Awami League did not pull back its candidates from few seats as agreed earlier) seats and Awami League and members of a leftist Fourteen Party Coalition from the rest 250 seats. Thus the Grand Alliance (Mohajote in Bangla) emerged in Bangladesh.

Ershad contested the Bangladesh Parliamentary Election 2008 from three constituencies. According to Bangladesh electoral laws, a person is allowed to contest from three places, but can retain only one seat and two are to have by-elections after formation of government. These constituencies included his birth place Rangpur (Rangpur-3 and Kurigram-2), and Dhaka-17, the capital's diplomatic zone, where he resides. He won all three seats in the election.

Most Recent: 2010

In a landmark verdict, the High Court on Aug 26, 2010 has declared illegal the Seventh Amendment to the constitution that had legalised the autocratic regime of military strongman Hussein Muhammad Ershad, report agencies.

The bench of justices A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Sheikh Mohammad Zakir Hossain handed down its ruling Thursday.

The amendment was adopted by Parliament on November 11, 1986 by ratifying and confirming the promulgation of martial law on March 24, 1982, and all other proclamations under the martial law, martial law orders, martial law instructions, ordinances and all other laws made during the period, chief martial law administrator's orders and martial law regulations.

The then army chief Lieutenant General Hussein Muhammad Ershad proclaimed Martial Law on March 24, 1982 overthrowing President Justice Abdus Sattar's government.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain pronounced the verdict declaring the seventh amendment illegal, but the actions under the laws, which were not detrimental to public interest, were condoned.

"These included the past and closed executive acts, things and deeds done and actions taken in between March 24, 1982 and November 11, 1986, the actions not derogatory to the rights of the citizens, acts which tended for people's welfare and routine works done during the period which even the lawful government could have done," the verdict said.

Referring to the role of H M Ershad, the chief perpetrator of proclaiming martial law, the court said, "He cannot avoid the liability as being a usurper, but the government holds the authority for awarding any suitable punishment for his acts," the court said.

The verdict said that Parliament could enact any new law or amend the penal code to prevent any ambitious person from capturing state power illegally.

"Ershad is also a usurper like Khandaker Mostaque, Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem and Ziaur Rahman," the verdict observed.

The verdict said there is no provision in the constitution to proclaim martial law, so it is always illegal.

Referring to the brutal killings on August 15, 1975, the verdict said Khandaker Mostaque declared himself as the country's president illegally though he was not the vice president of the Bangabandhu's government.

"Ziaur Rahman captured the power illegally from Khandaker Mostaque and after assuming power, he erased the fundamental principles of the country's Liberation War from the constitution," the judgment observed.

Zia rehabilitated the killers of Bangabandhu by giving them appointment to Bangladesh missions abroad and also paved the way for introducing religion-based politics in the country, the verdict said.

Earlier on April 5, a High Court bench comprising Justice Mohammad Momtazuddin Ahmed and Justice Naima Haider issued a rule on the authorities concerned asking to show cause why the seventh amendment to the constitution to ratify the promulgation of martial law on March 24, 1982 should not be declared illegal, void and made without lawful authority.

The rule was issued on a writ petition brought by Siddique Ahmed of Chittagong challenging a judgement of a special martial law court that sentenced him to life in prison in a murder case.

The court also asked the authorities concerned to explain why proclamation of martial law on March 24, 1982 and all other proclamations, chief martial law administrator's orders, martial law regulations should not be declared illegal and void and made without lawful authority.

The writ petition stated that a special martial law court on March 20, 1986 conducting a summary trial awarded the petitioner life-term imprisonment in a murder case transferring it from the sessions' court, Chittagong, which was lodged on December 24, 1984 with Kotwali thana.

At the hearing Wednesday, Anwar S Azim argued for the petitioner while additional attorneys general MK Rahman and Murad Reza represented the state.

Ershad may face a trial after the final verdict from Supreme court Appeal division. It will be interesting to see how Awami League government handles one of its allies.