TEHRAN – An exhibition of personal handwritings, awards, books and photos of actor Davud Rashidi opened at Tehran’s City Theater Complex on the actor’s birthday on Sunday.
Rashidi, the 83-year-old star of memorable movies like Kiumars Purahamd’s “Bibi Chelcheleh” and Ali Hatami’s “Kamalolmolk”, died of heart failure on August 26, 2016.
The ceremony was attended by Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi-Amiri, Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani, and a large number of artists and cineastes.
Speaking at the ceremony, his widow, Ehteram Borumand, said that Rashidi believed in the deep influence of theater on people and the society.
She also emphasized the need for the establishment of a department for theater and said, “Theater also needs a separate department like cinema.”
In his brief words, Rashidi’s old friend Ali Nasirin said that Rashidi’s special privilege was his broad knowledge of dramatic arts and literature.
“His prudent choices of roles indicated his knowledge and intelligence. He was a fine actor on stage, in films and TV series. Of course, he used to teach theater to all and had good cultural deportment,” he remarked.
Culture minister called Rashidi a great man in the artistic society and an influential figure in Iran’s theater.
“We can say that many theatrical figures are indebted to Rashidi and the actors of his generation,” he added.
Moradkhani also announced that there are plans to open a museum of theater in the future and Rashidi’s memorabilia will be displayed in the museum.
The exhibit will be running in the complex until August 26, the death anniversary of the actor.
Photo: Tehran City Council Member Ahmad Masjed-Jamei (L) and director Marzieh Borumand (R) look at Davud Rashidi’s memorabilia exhibited at Tehran’s City Theater Complex on July 16, 2017. (Mehr/Shahab Qayyumi)