Kabori Sarwar

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Kobori Sarwar
Sarwar in 2017
Native name কবরী
Born Meena Pal
(1950-07-09) 9 July 1950 (age 68)
Chittagong, East Bengal, Dominion of Pakistan
Nationality Bangladeshi
Other names Sarah Begum Kobori
Occupation Actress, politician and social worker
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Chitta Chowdhury
Shafiuddin Sarwar
(m. 1978; div. 2008)
Awards full list

Kobori Sarwar (born Meena Pal,[1] 9 July 1950)[2] is a Bangladeshi film actress.[3] She received the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Sareng Bou (1978). She was elected as a member of parliament from the Narayanganj-4 constituency as a Bangladesh Awami League politician in 2008 and served until 2014.[4]

Early life[edit]

Sarwar was born in Chittagong. She studied at Sir Ashutosh College of Chittagong.[2]

Film career[edit]

Subhash Dutta and Kabori in the filmset "Sutorang" (1964)

Sarwar stepped into the field of cinema as an amateur artist at the age of 13. In 1964, Kabori acted in her first film, Sutorang,[5] under Subhash Dutta's direction, and coincidentally after 40 years, in 2004, Subhash Dutta acted in the movie Aaina under Kabori's direction.

Sarwar acted in several films (e.g. Sujon Sokhi and Sareng Bou) with Farooque in 1970s. She also performed with Bulbul Ahmed in Devdas. She acted another important role in Titash Ekti Nadir Naam directed by Ritwik Ghatak, an Indian filmmaker. She also acted in a Urdu film Bahana by Zahir Raihan with co-actor Rahman.

Sarwar also worked with several actors including Razzak, Alamgir, Sohel Rana, Ujjal, Wasim, Khan Ataur Rahman, Golam Mustafa, Anwar Hossain and A.T.M. Shamsuzzaman.

In 2006, Sarwar directed the film Ayna.[6]

Political career[edit]

Sarwar was elected to the National Parliament in Bangladesh serving as an MP representing Narayanganj District no. 4. She was an active participant in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 in India.[3] She is also the first woman broadcast by Radio India during the war.

Personal life[edit]

Sarwar first married Chitta Chowdhury.[7] After the divorce with Chowdhury, she married Shafiuddin Sarwar in 1978. Sarwar is an uncle of politician Shamim Osman.[7] The couple was divorced in 2008.[7] She has five sons.[3]


Year Film Title Role Director Co-stars Notes
1964 Sutorang Subhash Dutta Subhash Dutta debut film at the age of 14[2]
1965 Jolchhobi Farooque debut film of Farooque
Abirvab Abdur Razzak
Bashori Abdur Razzak
Je Agune Puri Abdur Razzak
1970 Deep Nebhe Nai Abdur Razzak
Dorpo Churno Abdur Razzak
1973 Lalon Fokir
Titash Ekti Nadir Naam Ritwik Ghatak
1975 Sujon Sokhi Farooque
Nil Akasher Niche Abdur Razzak
Moynamoti Abdur Razzak
Agountuk Abdur Razzak
Akabaka Abdur Razzak
Koto Je Minoti Abdur Razzak
Odhikar Abdur Razzak
Smitituku Thak Abdur Razzak
1978 Sareng Bou Farooque
Rongbaz Abdur Razzak
Beiman Abdur Razzak
Obak Prithibi Abdur Razzak
Kanch Kata Heera Abdur Razzak
Upohar Abdur Razzak
Amader Sontan Abdur Razzak
Saat Bhai Champa
Paruler Sonsar
Arun Borun
Kiran Mala
Sagor Bhasa
Binimoy Ujjal debut film of Ujjal
Masud Rana Sohel Rana debut film of Sohel Rana
Amar Jonmobhumi Alamgir debut film of Alamgir[2]


Year Award Category Film Result
1973 Bachsas Awards Best Actress Lalon Fokir Won
1975 Bachsas Awards Best Actress Sujon Sokhi Won
1978 Bangladesh National Film Awards Best Actress Sareng Bou Won
Bachsas Awards Best Actress Sareng Bou Won
1988 Bachsas Awards Best Actress Dui Jibon Won
2008 Bachsas Awards Honorary Award Won[2]
2009 Bachsas Awards Life Time Achievement Won[8]
2013 National Film Awards Life Time Achievement Won[9]


  1. ^ Afsar Ahmed (6 May 2005). "Tit Bits – The celebrity name game". The Daily Star. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e মিষ্টি মেয়ের ৫০ বছর. BD Times 71 (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Political career spells divorce for Bangladeshi actress". asiaone news. 23 November 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Bangladesh Parliament Election - Detail Results - Amar Desh Online". amardesh.com. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  5. ^ অভিনেত্রী কবরীর ৫০ বছর (in Bengali). Prothom Alo. 4 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Heroine searching for heroine". Prothom Alo. 27 February 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Actress Kabori divorced". The Daily Star. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  8. ^ বাচসাস চলচ্চিত্র পুরস্কার পেলেন রাজ্জাক-কবরী জুটি. Kaler Kantho (in Bengali). 27 December 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  9. ^ জাতীয় চলচ্চিত্র পুরস্কার-২০১৩ ঘোষণা. Dhaka Times (in Bengali). 10 March 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.

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