Winston Groom, the writer of “Forrest Gump”, has died in south Alabama town. He was 77.
Mayor Karin Wilson of Fairhope, Alabama, said in a message on social media that Groom had died in that south Alabama town, reports AP.
A local funeral home also confirmed the death and said arrangements were pending.
“While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist and noted author of American history. Our hearts and prayers are extended to his family,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said in a statement.
“Forrest Gump” was the improbable tale of a slow-witted but mathematically gifted man who was a participant or witness to key points of 20th century history — from Alabama segregationist Gov George Wallace's “stand at the schoolhouse door”, to meetings with presidents.
The novel was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop cultural phenomenon.
It was the best known book by Groom, who grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965, according to a biography posted by the university.
Groom served in the Army’s Fourth Infantry Division from 1965 to 1969, the university said. His service included a tour in Vietnam — one of the settings for “Forrest Gump”.
He wrote 16 books, fiction and nonfiction. One, “Conversations with the Enemy,” about a American prisoner of war in Vietnam accused of collaboration, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, according to the university.
‘Forrest Gump’ touched a nerve
It was “Forrest Gump” — and the success of the 1994 movie starring Tom Hanks in the iconic role of Gump, as well as Sally Field and Gary Sinise — that earned him widespread fame and some financial success.
The novel is considerably different from the film. Don Noble, University of Alabama professor emeritus of English, and a 40-year friend of Groom’s told The Tuscaloosa News that the novel was “darker” and “richer” than the movie.
“You can make a lot of money as a comic writer, but you can’t get no respect,” Noble said. “But ‘Forrest Gump’ is really actually quite a fine novel. It’s more subtle and more complicated ... richer than the movie.”
The movie, which also starred Robin Wright and Mykelti Williamson, became deeply embedded in the American psyche and has remained an enduring television staple and huge cultural phenomenon since.
“It touched a nerve,” Groom told the Tuscaloosa News in 2014.
The film dominated the 1995 Academy Awards, winning six Oscars including best picture, best director for Robert Zemeckis and best actor for Hanks.
It was 1994’s No. 2 grossing film at the box office, second only to “The Lion King.”
The basic outlines of Gump’s life are the same as they are in the book: Gump plays football under Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama, serves in Vietnam and starts a major shrimp business.
But the film made major departures. Gump was not a math savant as he was in the book, and was a more saintly soul. The film took away Gump’s size – Groom said he envisioned John Goodman playing him – along with his profanity, and most of his sex life.
They “took some of the rough edges off,” Groom told the New York Times in 1994.
‘Happy as a pig in sunshine’
Groom also wrote nonfiction on diverse subjects including the Civil War, World War I and Alabama's Crimson Tide football.
In 2005, Groom released “1942: The Year That Tried Men’s Souls,” which chronicled the first year of US involvement in World War II.
In 2009 he released “Vicksburg 1863,” an account of the Union siege that brought a novelist’s touch to historical figures like Ulysses S Grant, William T Sherman and Jefferson Davis, president of the confederacy.
His most recent novel, El Paso, was published in 2016.
Groom got $350,000 for the rights to “Forrest Gump” plus 3 percent of the net profit of the movie. But he got into a serious dispute with Paramount Pictures when they told him a film that had earned over $600 million was in the red after expenses.
But years later he wasn’t bitter.
“They did an excellent job,” he told the Tuscaloosa News. “I would have probably preferred my version of it, but that thing never would have opened.”
The book became a major bestseller in the wake of the film, and Groom got a much better deal for the follow-up novel, 1995’s “Gump and Co.”
“I’m happy as a pig in sunshine,” he told the Mobile Register.
Nonetheless, sequel-addicted Hollywood somehow never made the new movie.
Monowar Hossain Dipjol, one of Dhallywood's most prominent actors, underwent surgery at a city hospital on Tuesday morning.
The actor has a tumor in his belly. He underwent surgery as per his doctor’s advice, Dhallywood actor and Bangladesh Cholochitro Shilpi Samiti General Secretary Zayed Khan said.
Dipjol was admitted to Bangladesh Specialised Hospital on Monday. In 2017, he underwent a heart surgery in Singapore after suffering a heart attack.
He has since remained active in the film industry. He was elected as a vice-president of Bangladesh Cholochitro Shilpi Samity and is currently serving as the interim president of it, as incumbent President Misha Sawdagor is staying abroad, according to Zayed.
Dipjol started his career with 'Takar Pahar' in 1993. Although he is known for his iconic negative roles, he has recently been acting as protagonist in films.
Apart from being an actor, Dipjol is also a businessman, producer and politician.
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Popular Bangladeshi band Aurthohin’s frontman Saidus Salehin Khaled, popularly known as 'Bassbaba' Sumon, and his son Ahnaf Salehin Khaled have tested positive for COVID-19.
Sumon shared this information himself on Facebook on Monday. "Ahnaf and I tested positive for COVID-19. Everyone please keep us in your prayers," he wrote.
The singer-songwriter-musician has been battling cancer for almost a decade now and has been undergoing treatment abroad.
His last public appearance was at the Joy Bangla concert on March 7 at Army Stadium in the capital where he made a surprise performance alongside his longtime musical companion, music director Fuad Al Muqtadir.
“This might be my last concert, my very last stage performance,” Sumon said at the concert.
One of the most popular artists in the Bangladeshi band sphere, Sumon founded Aurthohin in 1998. He also played for other iconic bands such as Warfaze and Feelings (led by rock icon James).
Often considered as the most influential and best bass guitarist in the country, Sumon earned the title "Bassbaba" for his unique and flamboyant style of bass playing.
Sumon is currently serving as the Assistant General Secretary for Bangladesh Musical Band's Association (BAMBA) and director of Khaled Group of Companies.
Actor Mohiuddin Bahar, best known for his comedic skits on popular magazine programme 'Ittyadi' passed away Monday morning at the age of 63.
His eldest son Moin Uddin informed about the actor's demise to the media.
Bahar had been suffering from various health complications including kidney and heart issues for a long time. He was taken to Ibrahim Diabetic Hospital in critical condition from his home in Dayaganj on early Monday. Doctors pronounced him dead when he was taken there.
The actor is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, as well as many relatives and well-wishers. He will be buried at Dayaganj graveyard after Asr prayers today.
Mohiuddin Bahar was born on December 26, 1947 in Laxmipur village of Motbi Union in Feni. From his childhood, he started associating with drama organisations from his passion for acting. As a child artist, Bahar made his debut in BTV's children's series 'Rose Rose'.
His journey in theatre began with theatre team Nagarik in 1986. In his television career, he went on to work with many notable creators including Humayun Ahmed, Hanif Sanket, Gias Uddin Selim and more.
He earned widespread popularity through 'Ittyadi' in which he flamboyantly performed comedy skits in Noakhali’s local parlance for about 27 years, mocking various inconsistencies in the society.
He was also a government employee. Mohiuddin Bahar retired as a senior assistant secretary in 2005.
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Sadek Bachchu, the National Award recipient film and television actor known for his iconic negative roles, died of Covid-19 on Monday.
The 66-year-old actor breathed his last at 12:05pm at the Universal Medical College Hospital, Mohakhali, his family sources said.
He was on life support since Saturday afternoon.
He recently tested positive for COVID-19. He was admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital with respiratory problems on September 6 and shifted to Universal Medical College Hospital on Friday after being diagnosed with the virus.
The actor has been suffering from diabetes, heart issues and other health complications for a long time. In 2013, Bachchu went under a heart surgery.
Born as Mahbub Ahmed on January 1, 1955 in Haziganj, Chandpur - Bachchu is best known for portraying negative characters in movies.
A retired employee of Bangladesh Post Office, Sadek Bachchu entered the silver screen in 1985 with ‘Ramer Sumoti’ and acted in over 500 films till date. His career skyrocketed with Ehteshamul Haq’s acclaimed film ‘Chandni’ which cemented his identity as a regular in negative roles.
Sujon Sakhi (1994), Papi Shatru (1995), Ananda Ashru (1997), Lal Badsha (1999), Moron Kamor (1999), Sahoshi Manush Chai (2003), Mon Bosena Porar Table-e (2009), Amar Swapna Amar Songsar (2010), Judge Barrister Police Commissioner (2013), Mohua Sundori (2015), Purnodoirgho Prem Kahini 2 (2016), Ektu Cinemar Golpo (2018) are some of his noted, fan favourite movies.
His last film was Captain Khan (2018) starring Shakib Khan.
Sadek Bachchu received the National Award in 2018 for best performance in a negative role for the movie “Ekti Cinemar Golpo”.
He has also acted in numerous theatre, radio and television productions and performed as playwright and drama director from his theatre group Motijheel Theatre, which he ran as its founder and president.
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