Rosy Afsari: Empowering Women Through Film and Activism

OV Digital Desk

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Rosy Afsari (23 April 1946 – 9 March 2007) was an actress in the Bangladeshi film industry. She was awarded the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress in its first ceremony in 1975 for her role in the film Lathial.

Life and Career

Born in Laxmipur on 23 April 1946, Shamima Akhter Rosy began her acting career in the early 1960s, appearing first as Rosy Samad, and later under her married name Rosy Afsari. In 1964 she appeared in Zahir Raihan’s Sangam, the first color film in Pakistan.

Making her mark during the Golden Era of Bangladeshi cinema, Afsari came to prominence for her subtly powerful performances in films like the 1973 release A River Called Titas, about the life of fishermen on the bank of the Titas River in Bangladesh, and the 1974 historical drama Alor Michil, focusing on the Bangladesh independence movement in 1971. Over the course of a career spanning four decades, she was a standout in both Bangla and Urdu language films, as her unique presence shone through. She died on 9 March 2007 in Dhaka Bangladesh.

Award and Legacy

At the first-ever Bangladesh National Film Awards ceremony in 1975, she won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film Lathial. In 1986, Rosy Afsari directed the film Nirasha, making her the first woman movie director in Bangladesh. She also produced several movies through her company Rosy Films. On 23 April 2019, Google celebrated Rosy Afsari’s 156th Birthday with a doodle.