Celebrated Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareq Masud, four others die in road crash

Masud, 50, had won international acclaim for his film "Matir Moina".

Afp August 13, 2011

DHAKA: Award-winning Bangladeshi film-maker Tareq Masud died Saturday along with four other people in a road crash west of the country's capital, Dhaka, police said.

Masud and four others, including the chief executive of Bangladesh's private ATN television news channel, Mishuk Munier, died on the spot when the minibus carrying them collided head-on with a bus at Ghior, police said.

Masud's US-born wife and producer, Catherine Masud, and a noted Bangladeshi painter, Dhali al Mamun, and his wife were seriously injured in the accident, local police chief Mohammad Raisuddin told AFP by telephone.

"They had come to Ghior to select a shooting spot for Masud's next film. They had made their choice and were returning home when the accident occurred," he said.

Ghior, a scenic district close to the Ganges River, lies around 70 kilometres (40 miles) west of Dhaka.

Masud shot to fame after his 2002 film "Matir Moina" (The Clay Bird) won several prizes, including an International Federation of Film Critics award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Police said Masud was believed to be around 50 years of age.

Road accidents are common in Bangladesh and kill thousands of people each year. Shoddy highways, poorly maintained vehicles and drivers' disregard for road safety are blamed for most fatalities.

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