Noted actor Sarah Begum Kabori passed away on April 17, 2021, leaving behind an iconic legacy of work.
She made her mark as a director for the first time with the film, "Ayna" in 2005. After fourteen years, she returned to the director's chair with "Ei Tumi Shei Tumi". Kabori had been working on the film since March 2020. She had written the story, screenplay, and dialogues of the movie.
"Ei Tumi Shei Tumi" will showcase the Liberation War period and the modern times. Kabori and Sohel Rana will play pivotal roles in the film, alongside newcomers Riyad Rayhan and Nishat Nawar Salwa.
The film's production started at the beginning of March 2020. Unfortunately, the shooting was postponed after two days, due to the restrictions induced by the pandemic.
After a break of five months, the cast and crew had resumed shooting in September last year. They recently wrapped up shooting, and dubbing for the film is underway.
Renowned singer Sabina Yasmin turned music composer for the first time on this film, upon Kabori's request.
"I worked with Kabori in the 70s. We were great friends. So, when she requested me to take up this project, I couldn't refuse," shares Sabina Yasmin.
The film will contain four songs, one of which is voiced by Sabina, and picturised on Kabori. The song, "Duti Chokhe Chhilo Kichhu Nirob Kotha", written by Mohammad Rafiquzzaman, was recorded last year.
The second song, titled "Tumi Shotti Kore Bolo", is sung by popular vocalists Imran Mahmudul and Somnur Monir Konal.
The lyricists for these songs are Gazi Mazharul Anwar, Mohammad Rafiquzzaman, and Kabori herself.
"I collaborated with Kabori multiple times when she was a regular actor. When she approached me to write the lyrics to one of the songs for this film, I cooperated with her," says renowned lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar. "We both got busy with other projects afterwards, and then one day, Kabori called me and told me that she had finished recording the song. After a while, I heard about her illness. Her demise is a grave loss for our film industry."
"Kabori showed me the lyrics to one of the songs from the film one day, and asked me my opinion. I thought it was an amazing song," shares Sabina Yasmin. "Eventually, she admitted that she was the lyricist of the song, and it was a huge surprise for me."
"I asked her why she didn't tell me about her songwriting skills before, and she had just brushed it off and joked about it," says Sabina. "Kabori was always keen to learn new things, and she used to read a lot during her spare time."
The 'mishti meye' (sweet girl) of the silver screen, Kabori is immortalised through her many films. The beloved star will remain a legend, inspiring generations of actors.