Google to host ‘Global Doodle’ in honour of Tareque Masud today
Today marks the sixty-second birth anniversary of filmmaker Tareque Masud. To honour him on this day Google will publish a specialized logo, the Google Doodle. Previously Google published similar Doodles on memorable days relating to at least five different distinguished Bangladeshis. They were limited to the geopolitical domain of Bangladesh only. But today's doodle for Tareque Masud will be published for the view of the whole world.
Responding to this plan by Google widow of Tareque Masud, filmmaker Catherine Masud said, "The way Google is paying tribute to Tareque Masud is really honourable. Being one of the forerunners in filmmaking in Bangladesh he made films that spoke of general issues pertaining to the entire world. Though he made film for Bangladeshi people his focus areas were international in nature."
Today a book will also be published incorporating interviews of him taken by various press and media houses. The book titled "Chalachitrer Kotha" will also hold his public speeches, his dreams about films, and influence of his films on society. It will be brought out by Katha Prokash and Tareque Masud Memorial Trust.
Born on December 6, 1956 in the village of Nurpur in Faridpur, Tareque Masud became the first Bangladeshi to be lauded by the Cannes jury board. His early education was conducted in two phases first in a village madrassah and then in Adamjee Cantonment College after the '71s War of Liberation. Then he completed his graduation in History from the University of Dhaka.
Tareque's potentials as a movie director showed signs during his university days. Tareque stirred public frenzy for the first time with 'Muktir Gaan,' a liberation war documentary in 1995. But his first film 'Adam Surat' about painter SM Sultan was released in 1989 shortly after his marriage with Chicago-born Catherine Shapere. The two founded Audiovision the house behind many documentary and animation successes of the country.
Tareque's most successful movie 'Matir Moina' (Clay Bird) won the International Critics' award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. The movie is an autobiographical reflection of Tateque's days in madrassah. Muktir Gaan, Muktir Kotha, Narir Kotha, Naroshundor were other movies directed by Tareque Masud. Most of his works deal with the Liberation War of Bangladesh. Tareque was the organiser of the country's first International Film Festival in 1988.
Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier met a tragic end in a road accident as their vehicle collided with a bus on August 13, 2011 on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Ghior, Manikgonj. Three others including camera assistant Wasif and the driver also died on the spot while four survived including Catherine Masud with injuries. The crew of seven was on a expedition to select location for their next movie Kagojer Phool, based on the partition of 1947. After Tareque's departure his wife Catherine founded the Tareque Masud Memorial Trust to of archive and memorialise Masud's works and to complete their unfinished ventures.