Launching a Doodle, search engine giant Google honours renowned Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud marking his 62nd birthday on Thursday.
Tareque Masud is one of the best filmmakers of the country. 'Muktir Gaan' (The Song of Freedom), 'Matir Moina' (The Clay Bird), 'Ontarjatra' (Homeland), 'Runway', 'A Kind of Childhood', 'Adam Surat' are among his notable works.
Tareque won several prestigious awards including the International Critics’ award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Special Jury Award at the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema 2006, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Foreign Language Film at the Directors Guild of Great Britain and so on.
'Matir Moina' was the first Bangladeshi film to win a Cannes award.
"The first Bangladeshi director to participate in the Oscars or to be honored at Cannes, Tareque Masud was a driving force within his country’s independent film movement," Google says.
Google thanks Catherine Masud, for her cooperation in making the Doodle.
Catherine says, “It is a great honor to have Tareque Masud’s legacy recognised by Google” adding Tareque’s “work spoke to the world through universal themes of tolerance, compassion, and justice."
On 13 August 2011, Tareque Masud died in a road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj.
In 2012, he received Ekushey Padak, the highest civilian award of Bangladesh posthumously.
Tareque was married to the USA-born filmmaker Cathrine Masud and they have a son.