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Bobita and Champa honoured in India

Bobita and Champa honoured in India

Legendary Bangladeshi actress Farida Akhter Babita and her sister popular actress Gulshan Ara Champa have received 17th Tele-Cine Award in Kolkata. Babita has been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award and Champa received the Special Award. The award ceremony was held on Jun 2 at Nazrul Mancho in Kolkata, reports said.

Babita first gained international acclaim starring in Satyajit Ray’s “Ashani Sanket” (1973) opposite Soumitra Chatterjee. Based on a novel on the Bengal famine of 1943, the movie went on to win the Golden Bear Prize at the Berlinale.

The legendary actress had received the National Film Award for Best Actress three times in a row from 1975-1977 for “Bandi Keno Kande,” “Noyonmoni,” and “Basundhara.”

In 1985, Babita won the award again in 1985 for “Ramer Shumati.” Her notable films are — Shubhash Dutta’s “Arunodoyer Agnishakkhi” (1972), Narayan Ghosh Mita’s “Alor Michil” (1974), and Chashi Nazrul Islam’s “Padma Meghna Jamuna” (1991).    

Gulshan Ara Champa is a Bangladeshi film and TV actress. She is the younger sister of actresses Bobita and Shuchanda.

Champa started her career in 1981 with the BTV drama “Doob Shatar.” She soon received offers for other dramatic roles, and appeared in “Sahabjadir Kalo Nekab”, “Akash Bariye Dao”, “Khola Daroja”, “Ekti Joddo Anno Ekti Meye”, “Apoya”, “Ekhane Nongor”, and others.

Champa’s first film was “Tin Konna” (1986), directed by Shibli Sadik. This film was produced by her sister Shuchanda, and all three sisters (Shucanda, Babita, and Champa) appear in the film. Champa plays a police inspector. Champa was the most popular actress in the period 1990 to 1996.