Popular film actor Waseem passes away

Popular film actor Waseem passes away
Another actor of Bangladesh filmdom--Mesbahuddin Ahmed, who is popularly known as superstar Waseem, died at a private hospital in Dhaka after Saturday midnight. He was 74.

Bangladesh Film Artistes Association general secretary Zayed Khan confirmed about Waseem's death.

Zayed Khan said actor Waseem breathed his last at about 12:40am at Shahabuddin Medical College Hospital in Dhaka.

Waseem have been sick for a long period. Since he cannot walk property, he used to pass his time either sitting or lying on bed at his house. He previously been experiencing kidney, lung and eye diseases, and also from high blood circulation pressure. As his condition deteriorated on Saturday night, he was rushed to Shahabuddin Medical College Hospital after 11:00pm where doctors  pronounced him dead at 12:40am. His body was kept lying at the hospital where his son was residing at night.

Waseem joined the country's film arena through 'Rater Por Din' directed by Mohsin and released in 1973. He acted in the film as a hero. 'The Rain' directed by SM Shafi and released in 1976 brought name and fame for him. 'The Rain' was dubbed in 47 languages and displayed in many theatres around the world. He was among the topmost artistes in many Bangla films between 1973 and 1990. Waseem acted in 152 films in his long acting career. Some 90 % of his movies were commercially blockbuster throughout that time.

Waseem was created in Sutrapur in the old Dhaka. He completed his matriculation from Mymensingh Zilla School and thereafter Intermediate from Anondomohan College in Mymensingh. He was graduated with BA (Honours) and MA ever sold from Dhaka University.

Waseem may be the first bodybuilder actor of not only Bangladesh film industry but also the only actor from bodybuilding background at that time in South-East Asia . In 1964, he was crowned as 'Mr. East Pakistan' for bodybuilding and to be the most fit person of the then East Pakistan. He also served as the first Secretary General of National Sports Council. He was instrumental in bringing legendary famed boxer Muhammad Ali to Bangladesh during his tenure as the first Secretary General of National Sports Council. Waseem also got an offer to act in a Hollywood movie but he previously to decline that offer because of other commitments.

Waseem's only son Dewan Fardin is a barrister His only daughter, Bushra Ahmed, died in 2006 in an accident. His wife died in 2003.
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