Ahmed in 2010
|Native name||হুমায়ূন আহমেদ|
13 November 1948|
Mohongonj, Netrokona, East Bengal (now Bangladesh)
|Died||19 July 2012
New York City, United States
|Resting place||Nuhash Polli, Pirujali Village, Gazipur District, Bangladesh|
|Occupation||Writer, film director, professor of Chemistry|
|Education||PhD in polymer chemistry|
|Alma mater||University of Dhaka
North Dakota State University
|Notable works||Jostnya O Jononeer Golpo (The Story of a Mother and a Moonlit Night)|
|Notable awards||Bangla Academy Award
Humayun Ahmed (pronounced: [ɦumae̯un aɦmed̪] 13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi writer, dramatist, screenwriter and filmmaker. Dawn. Pakistan's oldest and most widely read English-language newspaper, referred to him as the cultural legend of Bangladesh. Ahmed reached the peak of his fame with the publication of his novel Nondito Noroke (In Blissful Hell) in 1972, which remains one of his most famous works, winning admiration from literary critics including Dr. Ahmed Sarif. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh. Ahmed's writing style was characterized as magic realism. Sunil Gangopadhyay described him as the most popular writer in the Bengali language for a century and according to him, Ahmed was even more popular than Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Ahmed's books have been the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.
Early life and background
Ahmed was born in Kutubpur, Mymensingh to his parents Foyzur Rahman Ahmed and Ayesha Foyez (1930–2014). Foyzur served as a sub-divisional police officer in Pirojpur District and was killed during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. In 2011, politician Delwar Hossain Sayeedi was trialed for the killing but for the lack of evidence he was acquitted of the charge in 2013. Humayun's brother, Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, is a writer and academician. Another brother, Ahsan Habib, became a cartoonist.
Education and early career
Ahmed passed his SSC examination from Bogra Zilla School and was listed as second in merit on the Rajshahi Education Board. He passed his HSC examination from Dhaka College. Then he attended University of Dhaka and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and later with a Master of Science degree.
After his graduation, he worked as a lecturer at Bangladesh Agricultural University for six months before joining Dhaka College to teach Chemistry. Soon after, he went to the United States to earn his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from North Dakota State University.
Work on television and film
Ahmed's first television drama was Prothom Prohor (First Moment) in 1983, directed by Nawazesh Ali Khan. His first drama serial was Ei Shob Din Ratri (Tale of Our Daily Lives). It was followed by the comedy series Bohubrihi, the historical drama series Ayomoy, and the urban drama series Kothao Keu Nei (There Is No One In Anywhere).
Ahmed directed films based on his own stories. His first film, Aguner Poroshmoni, based on Bangladesh Liberation War, won the National Film Award in total eight categories, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director. The theme of the Liberation War often came across in his stories, often drawing upon Ahmed's memories of that war and his father's execution during the war. Ahmed's film Shyamal Chhaya was also based on the liberation war.
Ahmed also wrote songs for few of his own films and plays. Some of the notables are titled as Ami Aaj Bhejabo Chokh Somudrer Joley, Chadni Poshor Ratey and Amar Achey Jol.
In 1973, Ahmed married Gultekin. Together they had three daughters, Nova, Shila and Bipasha, and one son, Nuhash. Shila Ahmed went on to become a television and film actress. Ahmed fell in love with a TV actress in the middle of the 1990s. Later, in 2003, Ahmed divorced Gultekin and married Meher Afroz Shaon in 2005. He had two sons from the second marriage, Nishad and Ninit.
In 1987 Ahmed founded an estate called Nuhash Polli near Pijulia village, in Gazipur Sadar Upazila of Gazipur District, which grew to cover 40 bigha (approximately 14 acres). He would spend much of his time at the estate when he was in Bangladesh, formed a collection of statues there by local artist Asaduzzaman Khan, and of plants from around the world, particularly medicinal and fruit-bearing trees.
In 2012, he was appointed as a Special Adviser to the Bangladesh Mission in the United Nations.
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|2008||Amar Ache Jol||Yes||Yes|
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- In Bengali
- Aaj Ami Kothao Jabo Naa 
- Aaj Chitrar Biye
- Aaj Dupurey Tomar Nimontron
- Aaj Himur Biye
- Adbhut Sob Golpo
- Akash Jora Megh
- Amar Ache Jol
- Amar Chelebela
- Amar Priyo Voutic Golpo
- Ami Abong Koakti Projapoti
- Ami Ebong Amra
- Ami-ee Misir Ali
- Andhokarer Gaan
- Angul Kata Jaglu
- Anonto Nakhotro Bithi
- Asmanira Tin Bon
- Ayna Ghor
- Badol Diner Ditiyo Kadam Ful
- Badhshah Namdar
- Baghbondi Misir Ali
- Botol Vut
- Brishti Bilash
- Bristi O Meghomala
- Chander Aloy Koekjon Jubok
- Chokkhe Amar Trishna
- Chole Jay Bosonter Din
- Choto golpo
- Daruchinir Dip
- Dekha Na Dekha
- Dighir Jole Kaar Chayago
- Ditiyo Manob
- Dorjar Opashe
- Dui Duari
- Ebong Hemu
- Ei Ami
- Ei Megh Roudro Chaya
- Ei Shubro Ei!
- Eki Kando!
- Ekjon Himu Koekti Jhin Jhin Poka
- Ekjon mayaboti
- Fiiha Somikoron
- Gouripur Jongshon
- Grihotyagi Josna
- Hartan Ishkapon
- Himu Mama
- Himu Remand-E
- Himur Ditiyo Prohor
- Himur Ekanto Sakkhatkar
- Himur Hate Koekti Nilpodmo
- Himur Madhyadupur
- Himur Rupali Ratri
- Holud Himu Kalo Rab
- Humayun Ahmed-er Premer Golpo
- Jalil Shaheber Petition
- Jibonkrishno Memorial High School
- Jochna O Jononir Golpo
- Jodiyo Sandhya
- Jol Jochona
- Kalo JAdukor
- Ke Kotha Koy
- Kichu Shoishob
- Kohen Kobi Kalidas
- Kothao Keu Nei
- Kutu Mia
- Lilua Batash
- Magic Munshi
- Matal Haowa
- Megh Boleche Jabo Jabo
- Megher Chaya
- Mirar Gramer Bari
- Misir Ali Aapnii Kothay
- Misir Alir Amimangsito Rahasya
- Misir Alir Choshma
- Mojar Bhoo
- Moyurakkhir Tire Prothom Himu
- Mrinmoyir Mon Bhalo Nei
- Nalini Babu BSc
- Nandito Noroke
- Neel Hati
- Neel Manush
- Neel Oporajita
- Neel Poddo
- Nirbachito Bhooter Golpo
- Nokkhotrer Raa
- Nondito Noroke
- Omega Poin
- Onno Vubon
- Pakhi Amar Ekla Pakhi
- Parul O Tinti Kukur
- Pilkhana Hottakando
- Putro Nishad
- Rakkhoss Khokkhoss Ebong Bhokkhoss
- Rupar Palanko
- Sanaullar Mohabipod
- Se Ashe Dhire
- Se O Nortoki
- Sedin Choitramas
- Sheet O Onnanno Golpo
- Shonkhoneel Karagar
- Shuvro Gechhe Bone
- Shyamol Chaya
- Sobai Gechhe Bone
- Sokol Kata Dhonno Kore
- Tara Tin Jon
- Tetul Bone Jochna
- The Exorcis
- Tithir Neel Toale
- Tomader Jonyo Bhalobasa
- Tumi Amai Dekechile Chutir Nimontrone
- Uthon Periye Dui Paa
- Nabiji (incomplete)
- In English
- 1971: A Novel. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Mowla Bros. 1993. ISBN 9789844100138.
- In Blissfull Hell. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Somoi Prokashan. 1993. ISBN 9789844580459.
- Gouripur Junction. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Anyaprokash. 2007. ISBN 9789848684382.
- Lekhak Shibir Prize (1973)
- Bangla Academy Award (1981)
- Shishu Academy Award
- Jainul Abedin Gold Medal
- Michael Madhusudan Medal (1987)
- Bacsas Prize (1988)
- Humayun Qadir Memorial Prize (1990)
- Bangladesh National Film Awards for Best Story (1993)
- Bangladesh National Film Awards for Best Film (1994)
- Bangladesh National Film Awards for Best Dialogue 1994)
- Ekushey Padak (1994)
- Sheltech Award (2007)
- Bangladesh National Film Awards for Best Director (2012)
- Bangladesh National Film Awards for Best Screenplay (202)
- Bangladesh National Film Awards for Best Story Writer (2012)
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