Renowned novelist and filmmaker HumayunAhmed celebrated his 62nd birthday yesterday.
He spent the special day at his Dhanmondi residence, 'Dokhin Hawa', with his friends, family and close relatives. The acclaimed writer says, birthday celebrations have now become something he does for relatives, fans and publishers. To him, a birthday is now just passing of another year. Asked what he likes to receive on his birthdays, Ahmed says flowers and love from people make him happy.
The writer cut a cake with his family at one past midnight on November 13. Meanwhile, a day prior to his birthday, HumayunAhmed shot a TV play Mira'r Din Ratri at his own home, the first time he had done so. The cast includes Shaon, Gazi Rakayet and Shamim Shahed.
A book fair featuring HumayunAhmed's novels has begun at the Central Public Library, Dhaka. Highlight is his latest book Magic Munshi.
HumayunAhmed is arguably the most popular Bangladeshi writer of fiction. He had a meteoric rise in Bangla literature since the publication of his first novel, Nondito Noroke. He has been publishing since the early 1970s and won a National Award for his direction in the film Aguner Poroshmoni. The writer has also been honoured with Bangla Academy Award and Ekushey Padak.