Renowned film director and producer Motiur Rahman Panu breathed breathed his last on March 24, at his house in Uttara. He was suffering from old age complications. Bangladesh Cholochitro Porichalok Samiti and Bangladesh Cholochitro Projojok Samiti expressed their condolences regarding the director's demise.
Born on December 31, 1939, at Bogra, the director's film career started in 1964. His directorial debut film, Harano Manik, was released in 1979.
Panu worked as an assistant director with several film directors such as Akbar Kabir Pintu, Syed Awal and Babul Chowdhury among others at the start of his career.
His directorial career started in the eighties though he started producing films from an early stage. Panu produced Beder Meye Josna, the most commercially successful film of the country.
Critically acclaimed film Moner Majhe Tumi, featuring Reaz and Shabnur was directed and produced by Panu. Directed by Salahuddin Lavlu and produced by Motiru Rahman Panu, Molla Barir Bou was another commercially successful film. Apon Bhai, Nag Mahal, Shahosh, Man Morjada and Tiger Number One, among others, are films directed and produced by the veteran.