Humayun Ahmed: Literary Maestro and Visionary Filmmaker

Saurav Singh
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Humayun Ahmed

Humayun Ahmed (13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a multifaceted genius, leaving an indelible mark on Bangladeshi literature and cinema. His contributions as a prolific writer and visionary filmmaker have earned him enduring acclaim.

Life & Career

Born in Mohanganj, Bangladesh, Humayun Ahmed displayed his literary prowess from an early age. Graduating from the University of Dhaka with a degree in Chemistry, his true passion lay in literature. He authored numerous novels, short stories, and plays, captivating readers with his unique narrative style and insightful storytelling. Ahmed studied in Chittagong Collegiate School. He passed the SSC examination from Bogra Zilla School in 1965. He then passed HSC from Dhaka College. Humayun Ahmed earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of Dhaka.

Ahmed’s literary career reached its zenith with the creation of the character “Himu” and the “Misir Ali” series, which became immensely popular. His ability to blend humor with profound social commentary made him a beloved figure in the literary world.

Parallel to his writing, Humayun Ahmed ventured into filmmaking. His directorial debut, “Aguner Poroshmoni,” was a critical and commercial success, setting the stage for a prolific filmmaking career. His films, including “Shyamol Chhaya” and “Ghetuputra Komola,” showcased his keen storytelling abilities on the silver screen.


Awards & Legacy

Humayun Ahmed’s legacy extends far beyond his literary and cinematic achievements. His impact on Bangladeshi culture and society is immeasurable. Through his works, Ahmed addressed societal issues, challenged norms, and provided a voice for the masses.

As a testament to his enduring legacy, Humayun Ahmed’s literary works continue to be cherished, studied and adapted into various forms of media. His influence on Bangladeshi literature and cinema remains unparalleled, and his contributions are celebrated by generations of readers and viewers.

While specific awards may not comprehensively capture the breadth of his influence, Humayun Ahmed received numerous accolades for his literary and cinematic achievements. His novels were recognized with prestigious literary awards, and his films garnered acclaim both nationally and internationally. In recognition of his profound impact on Bangladeshi culture, Ahmed was posthumously honored with the Ekushey Padak, one of the highest civilian awards in Bangladesh. This accolade reflects the nation’s gratitude for his exceptional contributions to literature and cinema.


Humayun Ahmed’s life was a tapestry of literary brilliance and cinematic innovation. His ability to seamlessly blend entertainment with social commentary has left an enduring legacy that continues to shape the cultural landscape of Bangladesh.

On 13 November 2017, a Google Doodle was created to celebrate Humayun Ahmed’s 69th Birthday. 

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