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Assamese film icon Abdul Majid dies at 86


The veteran actor, director and playwright was admitted to the GNRC hospital on 23 September. He died following a heart attack.

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Abdul Majid, an icon of the Assamese film industry, died on Sunday morning, a hospital official said. He was 86.

Majid, a veteran actor, director and playwright, was admitted to the GNRC hospital here on 23 September. He died of a heart attack at 9:30 am on Sunday, a hospital spokesperson said.

Majid, popularly known as Majidka, was a prolific dramatist who also performed different roles in over 200 plays and worked to promote new talents.

He directed the landmark film Chameli Memsaab in the 1970s. Some of the other titles he helmed were Banahansa, Banjui, Ponakan and Uttarkaal, through which he gave a new dimension to Assamese cinema and showed his sense of social responsibility.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal condoled his demise, calling it an irreparable loss to Assamese culture. Sonowal also prayed for peace for the departed soul and offered his condolences to the bereaved family.

Director Utpal Borpujari mourned Majid's death.

"RIP Abdul Majid, filmmaker-actor-dramatist. He made the classic Chameli Memsaab, which had this haunting song 'O Bideshi Bandhu'. Each song of Chameli Memsaab is a gem. Bhupen Hazarika won the National award for this film. Film was remade in Bengali and Hindi," Borpujari tweeted.

Reacting to this, singer Papon Angaraag wrote: "Very sad to hear that. May his soul rest in peace."

Critically acclaimed actor Adil Hussain also paid his condolences, tweeting: "So sorry to hear that Abdul Majid, an actor, filmmaker from Assam, passed away this morning. Left behind some remarkable films. Rest in peace."