Leading Bangladeshi film actor dead
Bangladesh's leading film actor S M. Manna, who has acted in over 300 movies, is dead. He was 44.
Most of Manna's films had done good business at the time when Bangladesh's film industry - called Dhaliwood to rhyme with Hollywood - was facing a drought, The Daily Star reported.
The movie industry in Bangladesh is shocked at the sudden demise of the leading actors of Dhaliwood. Manna died of a heart attack at the United Hospital in Dhaka Sunday.
Manna entered the profession after he was discovered through a national talent search programme initiated by the state-owned Film Development Corporation in 1984.
After acting in a number of commercial hits, Manna became a producer and in his films he cast popular actors who had left the industry as a protest against vulgarity.
"He had made remarkable contribution to the ongoing movement against 'vulgarity' in the Dhaliwood film industry," the newspaper noted.
Manna had some 20 films in the pipeline and the future of those films plunged into uncertainty following the death of the popular star.
Manna was also the general secretary of Bangladesh Film Actors Association.