Famous Bangladeshi Film & Theater Personalities

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Hero Alom
(Model)
Hero Alom
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Birthdate: January 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bogura, Bangladesh

A freelance music video model and actor, Hero Alom began his career as salesman, selling CDs and videos. Currently involved with satellite TV business, he started making music videos as a hobby and became popular. Concurrently, he also acts in films, mostly in side roles.

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Shakib Khan
(Bangladeshi Actor Who Won a Best Actor National Film Award for His Film, 'Bhalobaslei Ghor Bandha Jay Na')
Shakib Khan
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Birthdate: March 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Narayanganj, Bangladesh

Shakib Khan, also known as the King of Dhallywood, or King Khan, is a Bangladeshi actor who first soared to fame with the film Anonto Bhalobasha and then established himself as the highest-paid Bangladeshi actor. His marriage to co-actor Apu Biswas was kept a secret for years.

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Humayun Ahmed
(One of the Most Influential Writers in Bangladesh History)
Humayun Ahmed
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Birthdate: November 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Netrokona District, Bangladesh
Died: July 19, 2012

Bangladeshi novelist and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed boasted of a PhD in polymer chemistry and had even taught at the University of Dhaka. His mostly depicted the struggle of the middle-class through his works. His films such as Aguner Poroshmoni won him multiple National Film Awards. He died battling colon cancer.

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Tahsan Rahman Khan
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Birthdate: October 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tahsan Rahman Khan is a Bangladeshi model, actor, singer, composer, and songwriter. He also serves as a professor at BRAC University in Dhaka. He is credited with composing Alo Alo, which has become one of the most famous songs in Bangladesh. A multi-talented personality, Tahsan Rahman Khan has also appeared as a judge at popular events like Miss Universe Bangladesh.

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Joya Ahsan
(Actor)
Joya Ahsan
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Birthdate: July 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka

Popular Bangladeshi actor Joya Ahsan soared to fame with Bangladeshi films such as Chorabali and Debi. She has also appeared in several Indian Bengali films, such as Aborto, Bishorjan, and Rajkahini. Her performances have also earned her awards such as the Zee Cine Award and the Bangladesh National Film Award.

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Afran Nisho
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Birthdate: December 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tangail, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi TV actor Ahammed Fazle Rabbi better known as Afran Nisho, soared to fame with the TV series Jog Biyog. The Tangail-born actor had started his career as a model and later also appeared in web series such as Morichika and Beauty and the Bullet.

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Salman Shah
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Birthdate: September 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zakiganj, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Died: September 6, 1996

Bangladeshi actor Salman Shah started his career with the film Keyamat Theke Keyamat, a remake of the hit Indian film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. His mysterious death at the early age of 24 was initially suspected to be a murder but was later ruled as a suicide.

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Pori Moni
(Actress)
Pori Moni
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Birthdate: October 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Satkhira, Khulna, Bangladesh

Popular Bangladeshi actor Pori Moni was raised by her maternal grandparents after being orphaned in childhood. She made headlines when the Rapid Action Battalion raided her house and arrested her for possessing illegal drugs and foreign liquor. She was released on bail after spending 27 days behind the bars.

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Shabnam
(Bangladeshi Film Actress)
Shabnam
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Birthdate: August 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Born Jharna Basak, Bangladeshi-Pakistani actor Shabnam soared to fame with her roles in movies such as Aakhri Station and Jahan Tum Wahan Hum. A 13-time Nigar Award winner, she also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the government of Pakistan. Post-retirement, she is now a housewife in Dhaka.
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Bidya Sinha Saha Mim
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Birthdate: November 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Starting her career with Humayun Ahmed’s Amar Ache Jol, Bidya Sinha Saha Mim later won the Bangladesh National Film Award for her performance in Jonakir Alo. She also worked in Tollywood with Indian filmmaker Raja Chanda. She also won the reality show Lux Channel I Superstar in 2007.

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Mahiya Mahi
(Bangladeshi Actress)
Mahiya Mahi
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Birthdate: October 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi actor Mahiya Mahi, also known as the Princess of Dhallywood, soared to fame with her hit movies such as Agnee and Bhalobasha Aaj Kal. In 2015, her friend Shahriar Islam Saon uploaded a photo on Facebook, stating he was married to her, though she denied the allegations.

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Ziaul Faruq Apurba
(Bangladeshi Model and Actor)
Ziaul Faruq Apurba
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Birthdate: June 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tall and handsome, Ziaul Faruq Apurba is a very popular Bangladeshi actor, who has been appearing in numerous television drama series since 2006, starring in his only film in 2015.  Known simply as Apurba, he is also a successful model and currently owns a production house, debuting as a director with a telefilm in 2012 through his own organization.

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Mosharraf Karim
(Bangladeshi Film and Television Actor)
Mosharraf Karim
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Birthdate: August 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

A much-acclaimed veteran Bangladeshi actor, Mosharraf Karim began his career on stage as an eighteen year old boy, before debuting on television and films. Since then, he has been appearing in numerous film and television productions, bagging several best actor awards for his performances.

Mehazabien Chowdhury
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Birthdate: April 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chottogram, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi model and actor Mehazabien Chowdhury soared to fame after winning the reality show Lux Channel I Superstar. She is best known for her role in the series Boro Chele and has won several awards, such as the Meril Prothom Alo Awards. The Chittagong-born actor also has a fashion diploma.

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Chanchal Chowdhury
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Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pabna, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi actor Chanchal Chowdhury began his acting career with theater, joining the Aranyak Natyadal, though his parents wanted him to be an engineer. The 2-time Bangladesh National Film Award winner has been appreciated for his performances in films such as Moner Manush, Aynabaji, and Monpura.

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Shabnur
(Actress)
Shabnur
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Birthdate: December 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jessore, Bangladesh

Shabnur is a Bangladeshi actress best known for her portrayal of Sejuti in the 2005 romantic drama film Dui Noyoner Alo, which earned her the prestigious Bangladesh National Film Award under the Best Actress category. A critically acclaimed actress, Shabnur has also received the Meril Prothom Alo Award on a record 10 occasions.

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Pritilata Waddedar
(Former Revolutionary nationalist known for Pahartali European Club attack (1932))
Pritilata Waddedar
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Birthdate: May 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Patiya Upazila, Bangladesh
Died: September 24, 1932
Pritilata Waddedar was a prominent Indian revolutionary leader who was an integral part of India’s freedom movement. She joined Surya Sen’s revolutionary group and led the 1932 armed raid on Chittagong’s Pahartali European Club. She died by consuming cyanide to avoid arrest. The Birkannya Pritilata Trust was later established in her honor.
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Apu Biswas
(Bangladeshi Actress, Model and the Former Wife of Bangladeshi Actor Shakib Khan)
Apu Biswas
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Birthdate: October 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bogra, Bangladesh

One of the most popular Bangladeshi actresses and models, Apu Biswas began her career with a side role in 2005, bagging a star role in the very next year with Koti Takar Kabin. Since then she has been appearing in lead roles in numerous films including My Name Is Khan and Devdas, receiving multiple awards and nomination for her acting.

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Dilara Hanif Purnima
(Bangladeshi Actress)
Dilara Hanif Purnima
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Birthdate: July 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fatickchari, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi actor Dilara Hanif Rita, also known as Purnima, is known for her award-winning roles in films such as Ora Amake Bhalo Hote Dilo Na and Hridoyer Kotha. The Bangladesh National Film Award winner was also appreciated for her role in Shuva, a film based on one of Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories.

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Dino Shafeek
(Bangladeshi-British Comedy Actor Known for His Role of 'Ali Nadim' in ITV Sitcom 'Mind Your Language')
Dino Shafeek
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Birthdate: March 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Died: March 10, 1984

Bangladeshi-British actor Dino Shafeek was trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later gained fame with his roles in It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Mind Your Language. He has also been associated with several charities. He is best remembered for his iconic role of Chaiwallah Muhammad.

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Manna
(Actor)
Manna
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Birthdate: December 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tangail District, Bangladesh
Died: February 17, 2008

Bangladeshi actor Manna is also known as the Dhallywood Yuvraj and the Mahanayak of Dhaliwood. His role in the film Bir Soinik won him a National Film Award. He also headed the Bangladesh Film Actors Association as its general secretary. His film Ammajan remains one of the Bangladeshi film industry’s most successful films.

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Rafiath Rashid Mithila
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi actor Rafiath Rashid Mithila was an academically brilliant student and also a talented dancer in her younger days. She had once exhibited her oil paintings and has penned children’s books, too. She has been associated with BRAC and is married to Indian filmmaker Srijit Mukherji.

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Nusrat Imrose Tisha
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Birthdate: February 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi National Film Award-winning actor Nusrat Imrose Tisha initially gained fame as a TV actor, with roles in series such as Otopor Nurul Nuda, and then starred in films such as Television and Doob. She has also modeled for brands such as Meril Lip Gel, Parachute, and Coca-Cola.

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Tanjin Tisha
(Actress)
Tanjin Tisha
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Birthdate: May 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tanjin Tisha started her career as a model and later switched to acting in TV series. The Meril Prothom Alo Award winner has also appeared in music videos such as Imran Mahmudul’s Bolte Bolte Cholte Cholte and in the film Tumi Robe Nirobe. She has endorsed brands such as Robi, too.
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Bimal Roy
(Film director)
Bimal Roy
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Birthdate: July 12, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Died: January 8, 1966

Born in present-day Bangladesh, Bimal Roy rose to be one of the most legendary filmmakers of India. Known for films such as Do Bigha Zamin, Devdas, and Bandini, he had won 11 Filmfare Awards and 2 National Film Awards. He had future icons such as Gulzar and Hrishikesh Mukherjee as his assistants.

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Moushumi
(Bangladeshi Actress Known for Her Roles in Films: 'Meghla Akash', 'Devdas' And 'Taarkata' )
Moushumi
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Birthdate: November 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Khulna, Bangladesh

Three times Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress winner, Moushumi aka Arifa Pervin Zaman is also successful television personality and a well-known film director. Beginning her career with television commercial, she debuted in films with a star role in Keyamat Theke Keyamat, eventually acting in more than 150 films. She made her debut as director with Kokhono Megh Kokhono Brishti.

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Sadia Jahan Prova
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Birthdate: February 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shariatpur, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi TV actor and model Sadia Jahan Prova is known for films such as Porer Meye and Sikandar Box. In 2010, she made headlines when a sex tape featuring her and her ex-boyfriend was leaked on the internet. Though her career was significantly damaged by the issue, she returned to TV soon after.

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Humayun Faridi
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Birthdate: May 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladeshi
Died: February 13, 2012

Bangladesh National Film Award winner Humayun Faridi had initially started studying organic chemistry but had to abandon his studies due to the Bangladesh Liberation War. Starting his acting career with theater, he later acted in series such as Songsoptok and Kothao Keu Nei, and films such as Din-Mojur.

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Ferdous Ahmed
(Bangladeshi Film Actor and Producer)
Ferdous Ahmed
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Birthdate: June 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Titas Upazila, Bangladesh

Five-time Bangladesh National Film Award winner Ferdous Ahmed has been a successful actor in both the Bangladeshi and Indian Bengali film industry. He is known for hits such as Dada Thakur and Ek Cup Cha. He has also campaigned for West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

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Habib Wahid
(Composer)
Habib Wahid
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Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Habib Wahid is a Bangladeshi singer and composer. He is best known for winning the Bangladesh National Film Award under the Best Music Director category for his work in the 2011 film Projapoti: The Mysterious Bird. Habib Wahid has also received five Meril Prothom Alo Awards under the Best Singer category so far. 

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Nusraat Faria
(Actress)
Nusraat Faria
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Birthdate: September 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chattogram, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi actor Nusraat Faria initially wished to be an army officer but later began her career as a model. A University of London law graduate, she later soared to fame with films such as Aashiqui and Badsha - The Don. She has also won honors such as the Meril Prothom Alo Awards.

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Abdur Razzak
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Birthdate: January 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naktala, South Kolkata India
Died: August 21, 2017

Legendary Bangladeshi actor Abdur Razzak, also known as Nayak Raj Razzak, is best remembered for his hit films such as Boro Bhalo Lok Chhilo and Jibon Theke Neya. The 5-time Bangladeshi National Film Award winner was also the first Bangladeshi actor to be named a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

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Siam Ahmed
(Actor)
Siam Ahmed
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Birthdate: March 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pirojpur District, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi actor Siam Ahmed began his career as an Airtel Bangladesh model. He later made his acting debut with the Bangladeshi telefilm Bhalobasha 101 and then soared to fame with films such as Bishwoshundori, winning the Bangladesh National Film Award. Educated in England, he is a qualified lawyer, too.

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Arifin Shuvoo
(Bangladeshi Film Actor)
Arifin Shuvoo
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Birthdate: February 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bhaluka Upazila, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi National Film Award-winning actor Arifin Shuvo is best known for hits such as Chuye Dile Mon and Musafir. His blockbuster film Dhaka Attack is the highest-grossing Bangladeshi movie worldwide and the third-highest-grossing Bangladeshi movie of all time. He also voiced a character in Detective, the first animated film of Bangladesh.

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Meher Afroz Shaon
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Birthdate: October 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bangladesh

Meher Afroz Shaon is a Bangladeshi actress, playback singer, and director. She is best known for winning the Bangladesh National Film Award under the Best Female Playback Singer category for her work in the 2016 romance drama film Krishnopokkho. Meher Afroz Shaon is also known for her collaboration and marriage with popular filmmaker and novelist Humayun Ahmed. 

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Riaz
(Actor)
Riaz
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Birthdate: October 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Faridpur District, Bangladeshi

Bangladeshi actor Riaz is a 3-time National Film Award winner and a 7-time Meril Prothom Alo Award. Though he began his career as a Bangladesh Air Force pilot, he was dismissed later due to a tiff with the authorities. He is known for his award-winning roles in films such as Daruchini Dwip.

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Marzuk Russell
(Lyricist)
Marzuk Russell
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Birthdate: August 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gopalganj, Bangladesh

Marzuk Russell is a noted Bangladeshi lyricist, poet, model, and actor, born a year after his country’s liberation from Pakistani rule. He began writing poems while in the eighth grade, debuting as a lyrist in late 1990s and as an actor in 2000; he published his first collection of poems in the same year.

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Anika Kabir Shokh
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Birthdate: 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Anika Kabir Shokh is a Bangladeshi model, dancer, and actress. She achieved national prominence when she was chosen as the brand ambassador of a telecommunication service provider called Banglalink. Anika Kabir Shokh is also famous for appearing in many popular Bengali television dramas such as Friends n Family (FNF), Diba Ratri Khola Thake, and Fifty 50.

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Sabila Nur
(Actress)
Sabila Nur
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Birthdate: May 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chittagong ,Bangladesh

Sabila Nur began her career as a model for the leading Bangladeshi telecom company Grameenphone. She later soared to fame as The Imaginary Girl in the telefilm Monkey Bizness. In 2017, she was the most-searched Bangladeshi celebrity on Google. She has also hosted programs such as Lux Style File.

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Suborna Mustafa
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Birthdate: December 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jhalokati District, Bangladesh

Ekushey Padak-winning Bangladeshi actor Suborna Mustafa is best known for her roles in films such as Notun Bou and Durotto. She is also known for her hit series Kothao Keu Nei, and has been a cricket commentator and a Censor Board member. She is now a Bangladesh Awami League MP.

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Shabana
(Actress)
Shabana
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Birthdate: June 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Raozan Upazila, Bangladesh

Shabana is a Bangladeshi retired film actress who received ten Bangladesh National Film Awards during her 30-year-long career. Her contribution to the Bangladeshi Film Industry was honored by the Prime Minister with a Lifetime Achievement Award in July 2017.   

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Alamgir
(Actor)
Alamgir
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Birthdate: April 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Known for his roles in films such as Ma O Chhele and Desh Premik, Bangladeshi actor Alamgir is also a 9-time winner of the Bangladesh National Film Award. Born to a film producer, he was no stranger to films as a child. He is also the husband of famed Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila.

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Ilias Kanchan
(Actor, Activist)
Ilias Kanchan
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Birthdate: December 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kishoreganj District, Bangladesh

Ilias Kanchan is a Bangladeshi activist and actor. He is best known for winning the Bangladesh National Film Award under the Best Actor category for his performance in the 1986 movie Parineeta. A well-known road safety activist, Kanchan was honored by the Government of Bangladesh with the prestigious Ekushey Padak in 2018.

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Bappy Chowdhury
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Birthdate: December 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Narayanganj, Bangladesh

Starting his career with Bhalobasar Rong, Bangladeshi actor Bappy Chowdhury later won 3 Meril Prothom Alo Awards. He has also appeared in movies such as I Don't Care, Shoshurbari Zindabad 2, and Bhalo Chele.

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Shomi Kaiser
(Actress)
Shomi Kaiser
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Birthdate: January 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangladesh

Shomi Kaiser is a Bangladeshi actress who has worked in critically acclaimed films like Hason Raja and Lalon. In addition to being an actress, Shomi Kaiser is also a producer and owns a company called Dhansiri Production. She also serves as the managing director of the event management and advertising company, Dhansiri Communications Ltd., a subsidiary of Dhansiri Production.

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Ananta Jalil
(Actor who appeared in two films, The Speed and Most Welcome in which both the films were major commercial success and gave him breakthrough in Bangladeshi cinema)
Ananta Jalil
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Birthdate: April 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangladesh

Ananta Jalil is a Bangladeshi actor, producer, director, and businessman. Jalil, who started his career as a businessman, is credited with starting a garment factory which came to be known as the AJI Group. He then went on to establish himself as an actor and is renowned for his performance in Most Welcome, which earned him the CJFB Performance Award.

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Parveen Sultana Diti
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Birthdate: March 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sonargaon, Bangladesh
Died: March 20, 2016

Known simply as Diti, Parveen Sultana Diti was a Bangladeshi film and television actress, who had more than two hundred works to her credit. Also a good singer, she appeared in various programs for Bangladesh television before debuting in acting with the television drama, Laili Majnu. A famed silber-screen idol, her untimely death from cancer was mourned by the entire nation.  

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Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
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Birthdate: May 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nakhalpara, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is best known for his critically acclaimed and commercially successful films such as Television, Third Person Singular Number, and No Bed of Roses. He also launched a youth film movement named Chabial and is known for merging realism and escapism through his works.

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Abul Hayat
(Actor)
Abul Hayat
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Birthdate: September 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Murshidabad, West Bengal, India

Abul Hayat is a Bangladeshi actor, writer, director, and civil engineer. He is best known for his performance in the 2007 Bengali-language film Daruchini Dwip, which earned him the Bangladesh National Film Award under the Best Supporting Actor category. In 2015, his contributions to Bangladeshi cinema were honored with the Ekushey Padak by the Government of Bangladesh.

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Safa Kabir
(Model)
Safa Kabir
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Birthdate: August 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barishal, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi model and actor Safa Kabir had initially started her career as an RJ. She has modeled for various brands, such as Airtel Bangladesh and Parachute Coconut Oil. Known for movies such as Password and Turu Love, she has also hosted the ABC Radio program Love Struck By Safa Kabir.