Kabori is a renowned film artist of Bangladesh. She stepped into the field of cinema as an amateur artist at the tender age of 13. Previously, she was known as Kabori Chowdhury. Her full name is Kabori Sarwar, later on she came to be known as Sarah Kabori. Kabori, after having spent 30 years in the world of cinema with over 100 films to her credit, primarily as an actor, is now devoted to directing, as well as preparing scripts. She has been internationally recognised for her contribution to the world of cinema with numerous accolades, spanning throughout the decades. At the same time, she has been synonymous with social work and has been ardent in championing the rights of the less privileged. Recently, she has been elected as a member of parliament in the general elections to further develop and garner support in improving the lives of the people.
Kabori along with Razzaque formed one of the most enduring romantic pair in the history of Bangladeshi cinema. Together, the Kabori-Razzaque pair heralded the golden age of Bangladeshi cinema. Rongbaaj, Abirbhab, MoynaMoti, Agontuk, Anirban, Chokher Joley, Upohar and several others enthralled film buffs during the 1970s and mid 80s. Razzaque was the significant other of most of Kabori’s films. It was back in 1964 that Kabori acted in her first film, Shutorang, under Subhash Dutta’s direction, and coincidentally after 40 years, in 2004, Subhash Dutta acted in the movie” Ayna” under Kabori’s direction. Kabori has also had remarkable on-screen chemistry with Farooq in the 1970s. This has evident in two blockbusters Shujon Shokhi and Shareng Bou. She made pair with Bulbul Ahmed in most talked about film Devdas, made on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s timeless classic. She also acted in a Urdu film Bahana by Zahir Raihan with co-star Rahman. Other noteworthy actors she worked with included; Sohel Rana, Ujjal, Wasim, Khan Ataur Rahman, Golam Mustafa, Anwar Hossain and ATM Shamsuzzaman. She also acted in Ritwik Ghatak’s “Titas ekti Nadir Nam”. She was appointed as a member of the Bangladesh Film Censorship Board and also took part in various film jury and grant committees. She also headed the “Bangladesh International Film Festival” in 2001 as its chairperson, which was the biggest in the country to date, with the participation of many films from all corners of the globe. She was recently invited to a festival in Madrid, Spain as a jury member, which focused primarily on the films of South Asia, in 2006. Apart from that, she has attended various film festivals around the world, promoting Bangladeshi cinema and organised workshops for film enthusiasts, as well as delivering lectures on cinema in various institutes on numerous occasions.
Kabori played few roles in the freedom fight of Bangladesh. She gave a moving speech in front of the Bangladeshi Mission in Kolkata. At that time, being interviewed by Akash Bani, Kabori, appealed to the world in general to help stop the genocide in which innocent women and children were being mercilessly killed, raped and left to die. Kabori had requested the Indian government and the local people there to let the refugees from the erstwhile East Pakistan to stay on in India for some time. During the nine months of war, she participated in the renowned actor I S Johar’s film ‘Joy Bangladesh’ and contributed a percentage of her earnings to the Mukti Joddha (Freedom fighters) Fund.
Her present life.
At present, Kabori has been participating in National activities with intelligent and austerity-minded people of Bangladesh. Kabori wants to put her 30 years experience in acting into film directing, given the financial backing. She is strongly against the lewd films that flood the cinema these days but is an advocate of independent cinema which possesses artistic talent. She runs an NGO for children with special needs along with their underprivileged families. In the general election of 2008, she has been elected to represent Narayanganj as a member of parliament. She is one of the eminent cultural personalities of Bangladesh and has been vehemently involved in promoting her country in numerous ways at the international arena.
Kabori with co-star, Prabir Mitra, in a scene of “Titash Ekti Nadir Naam” (তিতাস একটি নদীর নাম), directed by Ritwik Ghatak. (1973)
Titas Ekti Nadir Naam [A River Called Titas 1973]
Titas Ekti Nadir Naam (Bengali: তিতাস একটি নদীর নাম, English: A River Named Titas) is a 1973 Bengali film directed by Ritwik Ghatak. The movie was based on a novel by the same name, written by Advaita Malla Burman. The movie explores the life of the fishermen on the bank of the Titas River in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.
A scene from ‘Shutorang’, Kabori’s feature film debut at the tender age of thirteen. With co star, Shubash Dutta.