Remembering the cinematographerCultural Correspondent
Today is the second death anniversary of Mishuk Munier, a versatile talent and an internationally acclaimed cinematographer and media specialist. Munier died along with filmmaker Tareque Masud and three crew members of Masud’s shooting unit while returning home from Manikganj on August 13 in 2011.
He was an acclaimed photographer, an award-winning cinematographer, a teacher of Journalism and a pioneer of broadcast journalism in Bangladesh. He also had the experience of working as a cameraperson for international news channels such as BBC World Service and Discovery Channel.
He began his career as a cinematographer through Tareque Masud’s documentary film on internationally acclaimed painter SM Sultan titled Adam Surat and continued with short and feature films as well as documentaries.
He was awarded the Ekushey Padak (posthumously) in 2012 for journalism.
Mishuk Munier was born on September 24 in 1959. He was the second son of martyr intellectual Munier Chowdhury and actor Lily Chowdhury.
While a student of journalism department of Dhaka University, Mishuk Munier began working for BBC as a freelance photographer.
Subsequently, he became in charge of the audiovisual department at the National Museum.
After joining as a teacher at the journalism department of Dhaka University, Mishuk Munier designed and developed the media centre project by introducing photo journalism, video journalism and digital publishing in Dhaka University during his career as a teacher at the institute.
He left teaching in 1999 to join the emerging first private terrestrial television channel Ekushey Television.
In 2001, he immigrated to Canada and worked as a freelance cinematographer. Between 2003 and 2005, Mishuk worked as a cameraperson for the Discovery Channel on its series Situation Critical.
From 2004 to 2010, he was involved in building an online television channel The Real News Network in Canada and the USA as its director of news operations.
In 2010, he returned to Bangladesh to take charge of the television channel ATN News as its CEO and Editor.
Mishuk’s imprint as a cinematographer includes documentaries and films like Adam Surat (1982-1989), Chakki (1984), Dhaka Tokai (1985), Dhaka Rickshaw (1985), War Crimes File (1995), Muktir Kotha (1999), Kansater Pothe (2008), Norosundor (2009) and Runway (2010).
‘Mishuk was a cluster of enviable qualities. He was a cinematographer of the highest quality. His knowledge of the technical sides of cinematography was excellent. I am still surprised to see some shots of Runway and Norosundor. They are superb’, said Morshedul Islam.
‘He was also a pioneer of broadcast journalism in our country. The only thing I feel now is that Mishuk could not actualise all of his potentials due to limitations of our society, of our film industry’, he added.
‘Mishuk Munier was a unique combination of a superb technician and a sensitive artiste. He and Tareque Masud together were a powerful director-cinematographer team of unlimited potential. The loss of Mishuk’s talent and leadership quality has left a massive vacuum that can never be filled’, said Catherine Masud who has worked with Munier.
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Today is the second death anniversary of Mishuk Munier, a versatile talent and an internationally acclaimed cinematographer and media specialist. Munier died along with filmmaker Tareque Masud and three crew members of Masud’s shooting... Full story