Actor Ahmed Rubel dies aged 56 after falling ill upon arriving for a movie premiere

He fell ill after arriving for the premiere of the movie ‘Peyarar Subash’ 

Published : 7 Feb 2024, 02:06 PM
Updated : 7 Feb 2024, 02:06 PM

Actor Ahmed Reza Rubel, who has a career spanning theatre, movie and TV, has died at the age of 56 after falling ill upon arriving at Star Cineplex in Dhaka’s Bashundhara City shopping complex for the premiere of his latest movie.

He travelled to the Star Cineplex with Nurul Alam Atique, the director of the film ‘Peyarar Subash’, on Wednesday evening.

Shamol Shishir, chief assistant director, said Atique called him from the basement of Bashundhara City and said Rubel fell to the floor after getting out of the car.

“I sent two men who took him to Square Hospital. But the doctor declared him dead.”

Born at Rajarampur in Chapainawabganj on May 3, 1968, Rubel grew up in Dhaka and began his career as an actor with renowned playwright Selim Al Deen’s Dhaka Theatre. Rubel debuted through the group’s ‘Haathodai’.

He made TV debut through Gias Uddin Selim’s ‘Swapnajatra’, aired by Ekushey TV. He shot to fame with his work in Humayun Ahmed’s Eid drama ‘Poka’.

Rubel was praised for his work in Humayun’s ‘Atithi’, 'Nil Toyale’ ‘Bishesh Ghoshona’, ‘Sobai Gechhe Bone’, ‘Brikkho Manob’, and ‘Jamunar Jol Dekhte Kalo’.

He gained more popularity with his stellar acting in ‘Pret’, based on the novel of the same name by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal.

Rubel also acted in ‘Barota Bajar Aage’, ‘Protidan’, Nobab Gunda’, ‘FnF’, ‘Ekannoborti’, ‘Ronger Manush’, ‘Pathhor’, ‘Atal’, ‘Chair’, ‘Swarnakalas’, ‘Ayeshar Itikotha’, ‘Durer Barir Kachher Manush’, ‘Syed Barir Bou’ and many more TV dramas.

His journey in film started in 1994 through ‘Akheri Hamla’. He worked in 19 movies, including ‘Ajker Faysala’, ‘Muktir Sangram’, ‘Rongin Rongbaj’, ‘Ke Oporadhi’, ‘Sabas Bangali’, ‘Meghla Akash’, and ‘Poushmaser Pirit’.

But Humayun’s ‘Candrakatha’ and ‘Shyamalchhaya’ earned Rubel fame in film.

‘Bachelor’, ‘Guerilla’, ‘The Last Thakur’, ‘Alatchakra’, ‘Lal Moroger Jhuti’ and his last movie ‘Chironjib Mujib’ earned Rubel a different kind of popularity.

He also worked in ‘Parapar’ by Indian filmmaker Sanjoy Nag.

On the OTT platform, he performed as Satyaajit Ray’s Feluda in ‘Nayan Rahasya’ by Toukir Ahmed.

Rubel was very much hopeful about the success of his latest work ‘Peyarar Subash’ with Joya Ahsan in the central role.

The film premiered in the Moscow International Film Festival last year.