Google Doodle honours Tareque Masud’s birthday
Internationally acclaimed film maker Tareque Masud is being honoured with Google Doodle all over the world, marking his 62nd birth anniversary.
Google Doodle depicts that an image of a hand is holding a clay model of a bird which was Tareque’s first feature and it won the International Critics’ award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
Tareque Masud was born in Nurpur Village of Faridpur District in Bangladesh on December 6 in 1956.
Marking the birthday, Google wrote in its Doodle “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.”
A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google's homepages that commemorates holidays, events, achievements, and people.
Tareque’s wife, Catherine Masud, expressed her gratitude to Google for the Doodle.
She said, “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.”
Tareque’s first films were documentaries that told the story of his homeland, starting with 1989’s Adam Surat (Inner Strength) about the Bangladeshi painter Sheikh Mohammed Sultan.
His classic 1995 feature-length documentary Muktir Gaan (Song of Freedom) about the independence movement in Bangladesh attracted huge audiences.
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).
Following his childhood experience in the Madrassa, he completed his feature film The Clay Bird (2002).
The film that won the Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Cannes Film Festival (2002) was released in many countries around the world.
A founding member of the Short Film Forum, an important platform for independent film, Tareque Masud also organized Bangladesh's first International Short and Documentary Film Festival, which continues to this day.
To further honor his legacy, the Tareq Masud Memorial Trust launched the Tareque Masud Short Film Competition, encouraging a new generation of Bengali filmmakers to follow in his footsteps.
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.
On the occasion of his birth anniversary, Kotha Prakash, in partnership with the Tareque Masud Memorial Trust, is also launching a new book on Tareque Masud, titled Cholochitra Kotha, in December.
An inspiring collection of Masud's lectures and interviews, through which Masud's ideas about the role of cinema in society are elaborated were depicted in the book.
Earlier, filmmakers Satyajit Ray, Akira Kurosawa, Sergei Eisenstein, Raj Kapoor, and Chantal Ackerman were honoured with a Google Doodle.