Zahir Raihan is one of the most genuine thinkers of Bangladesh. At such a young age he got so much success in media and showed so much talent that can’t be described in words. His variant thinking, wise moves, documentaries, films, songs put great marks in the media of Bangladesh.

Early Life

Zahir Raihan spent his childhood in the village Majupur which is now called Feni District in Bangladesh. He was born on 19th of August in 1935. He moved to Calcutta along with his family after the partition of Bengal in 1947.


Zahir Raihan passed his Matriculation from Amirabad High School in 1950 and his ISc from Dhaka College. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Dhaka University and his post graduate degree in Bengali Literature.

Professional Career

Zahir Raihan started his literature works from his student life. His writing covers many variant topics. In 1950 he started working as a journalist in Juger Alo. He also worked as the editor of Probaho in 1956. The names of the other newspapers he worked are Khapchhara, Jantrik, Cinema etc. Suryagrahan, his first collection of short stories, was published in 1955. In 1952 Zahir Raihan went to Calcutta where he got admitted in Pramatesh Barua Memorial Photography School to learn photography.

Zahir Raihan’s career in media started in the year 1957. His first film was Jago Huye Sabera in  1957 where he worked as an Assistant. He also assisted Salahuddin in the film Je Nodi Morupothay. He wrote the title song of the movie A Desh Tomar Amar. His first film as a Director was Kokhono Asheni in 1961. His first color movie was Sangam and completed his first cinemascope movie Bahana in the year of 1964. He made his legendary film Jibon Theke Neya based on the language movement of 1952. This film was honored by the great personalities if Indian media like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha, Ritwik Ghatak etc. at that time. He also made several movies and documentaries on the event of Liberation War. His documentary film Stop Genocide, another success in the media, was also based on the genocide of the Pakistani Army.

Political Career

Zahir Raihan carried on his career in media along with his political career. He was an active worker of the language movement of 1952 and participated in the historical meeting of Amtala on 21st February in 1952. He also took part in the Gano Obhyuthyan in 1969 and joined the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. His real name was Zahirullah and he got the name Raihan from underground leaders which was changed later to Zahir Raihan.

Personal Life

Zahir Raihan married twice in his lifetime. First it was Sumita Devi in 1961 where he has a son named Bipul Raihan. Secondly he married Shuchonda in 1968.


It is said that Zahir Raihan was captured and killed by the armed Bihari collaborators and the soldiers of Pakistani Army when to he went to Mirpur to find his brother, the famous writer Shahidullah Kaiser on 30th January 1972.




His Works

o      Books-


·         Novels-


§    Sesh Bikeler Meye ( A Girl in the Late-Afternoon)

§  Trishna (Thirst)

§  Hajar Bochhor Dhore (For Thousand Years)

§  Arek Falgun (Different Spring)

§  Borof Gola Nodi (River of Melted Ice)

§  Ar Koto Din (How Many More Days)

§  Koekti Mrittu (A Few Deaths)

§  Ekushey February (21 February)


·         Short Stories-


§    Sonar horin (The golden deer)

§  Somoyer proyojone (For the need of time)

§  Ekti jiggasa (One question)

§  Harano boloy (The lost ring)

§  Badh (The protest)

§  Surjagrohon (The Solar Eclipse)

§  Noya potton (The new foundation)

§  Mohamrittu (The great death)

§  Vangachora (The broken)

§  Oporadh (The crime)

§  Shikriti (The congratulations)

§  Oti porichito (Very familiar)

§  Ichha onichha (Wish or no wish)

§  Jonmantor

§  Poster

§  Ichhar agune jolchhi (Burnt in the fire of wish)

§  Kotogulo kukurer artonad (Bark of some dogs)

§  Koekti songlap (Some dialogues)

§  Demag (Pride)

§  Massacre

§  Ekusher golpo (Story of 21 February)


o   Films and Documentaries directed-


§    Kokhono Asheni, 1961 (his first film as director)[5]

§  Sonar Kajol, 1962 (jointly directed with Kolim Sharafi)[5]

§  Kancher Deyal, 1963[5]

§  Sangam, 1964 (the first colour film made in Pakistan)

§  Bahana, 1965

§  Behula, 1966[5]

§  Anowara, 1966[5]

§  Jibon Theke Neya, 1970[5]

§  Let There Be Light

§  Jalte Suraj Ke Niche 1971


o   Documentaries-


§    "Stop Genocide", Documentary on the genocide by Pakistani Army in the Bangladesh Liberation War, 1971[5]

§  "A State is Born"

§  "Liberation Fighters"(Production)

§  "Innocent Milions"(Production)


o   Films Produced-


§    Dui Bhai, 1968

§  Shuorani Duorani, 1968


His Awards

§   Adamjee Literature Award

§   Bangla Academy Award (1972)