Actress Diti dies

Cultural Correspondent
Parvin Sultana Diti

Parvin Sultana Diti

Veteran film and television actress Parvin Sultana Diti, 50, died at the United Hospital in Dhaka on Sunday after suffering from brain cancer for months.
She left behind a daughter and a son. Her husband, actor Sohel Chowdhury, died from gunshot wounds in 1998.
Lamia Chowdhury, their daughter, said her mother’s health deteriorated rapidly as a result of chemotherapy administered to her in January.
Earlier, Diti was diagnosed with a brain tumour on July 25, 2015, and she went to the Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in Chennai, India, for treatment.
Last January, she was sent back home by the hospital authorities.
Diti was born on March 31, 1965 at Sonargaon in Narayanganj. She started training in music and recitation at an early age.
She stepped in the film industry after a talent hunt programme organised by Bangladesh Film Development Corporation in 1984. Her first film was director Udayan Chowdhury’s Daak Diye Jai although it had never been released.
Her first release was Azmal Huda Mithu’s film Ami-e Ustad. Subsequently, Diti appeared in over 200 films including Bhaibandhu, Sud Asol, Swargo Narak, Chandi Das O Rajokini, and Niyotir Khela.
She won the national film award for her performance in Soovas Dutt’s 1987 film Swami Stri, in which she starred opposite Alamgir.
In recent years, Diti concentrated more on acting in teleplays, drama serials and cooking reality shows.
The news of her death prompted an outpouring of tributes and condolences from the cultural sector.
Director Sohanur Rahman Sohan, with whom Diti collaborated for several films, termed her passing ‘a great loss’ for the film industry. ‘She was a talented and well-organised actress,’ he said.
Prabir Mitra, who appeared opposite Diti in a number of films, said she had the ability to act in diverse roles. ‘But most importantly, she was very friendly and had a good soul,’ he said.
In a statement, the cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor expressed ‘deep shock’ at the death of the actress.

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