One of the State's most prominent and influential filmmakers, Abdul Majid was recently paid a glowing tribute by the International Film Festival of India 2017, joining nine other departed actors and directors of the country. Majid's 'Chameli Memsaab' was screened at the festival's homage section on the occasion.
The other stalwarts whom the IFFI paid homage to are actors, Om Puri, Vinod Khanna, Tom Alter, Reema Lagoo and Jayalalithaa, and directors Kundan Shah, Dasari Narayana Rao and Ramanand Sengupta, all of whom passed away over the past few months.
Majid's 'Chameli Memsaab', released in 1975, is a love story of a British tea estate owner and a local tea worker. Set in a tea estate in Assam, it is based on a short story by eminent litterateur Nirode Choudhury. It was one of the few Assamese films that won both critical acclaim and commercial success. It starred George Baker and Binita Borgohain in the lead roles.
The film had bagged the Best Feature Film award in the Assamese language section while Dr Bhupen Hazarika bagged the Best Music Director award at the 1975 National Film Awards. Two of the film's tracks, 'Asom Deshor Bagisare Sowali' sung by Usha Mangeshkar and Bhupen Hazarika and 'O Bideshi Bandhu' sung by Bhupen Hazarika are evergreen hits. "We are very proud that our father's work has been selected. In Assam, 'Chameli Memsaab' has already received immense love from the people. Now it will get international exposure. It is the ultimate honour to my father's hard work," Kaju Majid, son of Abdul Majid and a film editor, said.
It's a tribute to a man who went through his career with humility, a love of life and, above all, a dedication to his craft.
The organizers of IFFI 2017 had invited Majid's family to the festival.
Abdul Majid had directed seven feature films, 15 short films, around 40 documentaries and TV serials.