Babita Akhtar

Babita-2Babita is an internationally renowned film actress who has received critical acclaim for her portrayal of women who face the hardships, oppression and social injustice prevalent in third world countries. She is best known for her performance in Satyajit Ray’s Distant Thunder, a novel adaptation about the Bengal famine of 1943, which won the Golden Bear prize at the 1973 Berlin Film Festival.

Other notable works include her role in Noyonmoni, as an adolescent girl whose life is torn apart by forced marriage and village superstition, and in Golapi Ekhon Trainey, as a woman-turned-pariah who defies the traditions of a male-dominated society by becoming the breadwinner of her impoverished family.

Throughout her career, she has garnered numerous prestigious awards. Foremost among these are:

  • National Film Award, Bangladesh (1975, 1976, 1977, 1985, 2002)
  • Bangladesh Cine Journalists Association Award (1974, 1977, 1980, 1985)
  • Bengal Film Journalists Association Award, India (1993)
  • National Film Award, Pakistan
  • Dhallywood Music & Film Lifetime Achievement Award (2002, 2009)

Art films aside, her prolific career includes performances in over two hundred films. Her appearances in mainstream cinema have made her a household name and a popular cultural icon in Bangladesh.

She has used this popularity to bring attention to the efforts of philanthropic organizations, and has been a staunch supporter of the Acid Survivor’s foundation and the Children Leukemia Assistance and Support Services. Now she hopes to bring the issue of child rights to the public eye by lending her voice to Distressed Children & Infants International. Babita says, “I feel happy and fortunate to have the opportunity to help children and want to dedicate the rest of my life to this mission. Please join us. Let’s create a big network and do this difficult job together”.