Masud Rana continues to be a pop culture phenomenon

Qazi Anwar Husain, Photo: Collected

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Qazi Anwar Husain, Photo: Collected

Prominent writer and author of the popular spy thriller series “Masud Rana”, Qazi Anwar Husain, died on January 19 after battling prostate cancer. He was 86 at the time of his death.

The popular author wrote many bestsellers which he published under his “Sheba Prokashoni” banner, established in 1960.

The prolific writer dreamed of starting his own press, and with just 10,000 BDT from his father, he set up Segunbagicha Press. The first book that was published from there was none other than the iconic “Kuasha-1”, centering on a scientist/detective called “Kuasha”, who wanted to eradicate evil from society by helping people in distress. .

Qazi Anwar Husain’s writing has been heavily influenced by foreign mystery novels, especially James Bond. After renaming the publishing house Sheba Prokashoni, Qazi Anwar Husain published the first edition of the “Masud Rana” series of books titled “Dhongsho-Pahar”, in 1966.

“Dhongsho Pahar” was the first book in the “Masud Rana” series, and out of 467 published novels, the iconic character of Masud Rana appeared in 465 novels.

Sheba Prokashoni revolutionized the entire publishing industry by producing the first paperback books in Bangladesh and translating world famous novels into Bengali for readers. The publishing house has immortalized the characters ‘Masud Rana’ and ‘Kuasha’, with young readers.

Other notable novels in the “Masud Rana” series are: “Hello, Sohana”, “Durgom Durgo”, “Treasure Hunter”, “Shurjo Shoinik”, “Dhongsho Pahar”, (The Destructive Hill), “Shockwave”, ” Snipper”, “Mohaplabon”, “Hacker”, “Persian Treasure”, and “Mrittyu Ghonta”, among others.

“Masud Rana” has been recreated many times in various media.

The first film made on the “Masud Rana” series starred Sohel Rana and was released in 1974. The film was an adaptation of “Bishmoron”. The film stars Sohel Rana, Kabori and Olivia Gomez and is based on the 11th story in the series, first published in 1967.

Interestingly, the first drama film ever made in Bangladesh was “Prachir Periye” (Beyond the Wall) based on Husain’s novel “Pishach Dweep” (The Island of Evil). The series, which aired in 1994, starred Bipasha Hayat as Sohana and Nobel as Masud Rana.

Production house Jaaz Multimedia also plans to make three films based on the first three novels of the “Masud Rana” series, as announced in 2018. The films are: “Dhongsho Pahar”, “Bharatnatyam” and “Swarna Mrigya”.

Jazz Multimedia’s Bengali version of “Masud Rana” will be directed by Saikat Nasir and will feature Russell Rana and Puja Cherry in the lead roles.

Bangladeshi-born Hollywood filmmaker and actor Asif Akbar will direct the film “MR-9”, which is a joint production of Jaaz Multimedia and Hollywood’s Avail Entertainment. The film will feature ABM Sumon as the protagonist “Masud Rana” in the film.

Qazi Anwar Husain’s contribution to Bengali literature cannot be written in a few words. His books left a legacy that affected both the world of literature and the realm of entertainment. He is an integral part of our childhood, and he will forever be immortalized through his timeless creations.

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