People from all walks of life paid their last respects to Nayak Raj Razzak at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation and Central Shaheed Minar on Tuesday.
Razzak’s body was kept at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) in the morning where his peers, friends and fans paid their respects. Among the present were film actors Alamgir, Zaved, Kabori, Babita, Suchanda, Champa, Shakib Khan, Ferdaus, Amin Khan, Shabnur, Misha Sawdagor, Zayed Khan and many others.
Bangladesh Sammilita Sangskritik Jote arranged a public mourning programme at Central Shaheed Minar at around 12:15 pm. A large crowd was waiting at the venue since morning.
An elderly citizen of old Dhaka Saidur Rahman, who is at his 60s, told New Age that in his youth days he never missed any films starring Razzak. ‘I have come to see Razzak for one last time. We all loved his acting and grew up watching his films’, said Rahman, who attended the public mourning at Central Shaheed Minar.
Hundreds more like Like Rahman, who grew up watching films of Razzak in the 1960s and 1970s, paid their respects to the legendary actor, known as Nayak Raj, who died aged 76 at United Hospital in the capital on Monday evening.
Sahera Begum, in her late 50s, said, ‘All of us were crazy fans of Razzak back in the day. He was the Uttam Kumar of Bangladesh. I have come to pay my last respects to him’.
Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader paid respect to the late legendary actor at Central Shahid Minar.
Commerce minister Tofael Ahmed, information minister Hasnul Haque Inu, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and Nazrul Islam Khan, senior leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, also paid respect to Razzak.
Different cultural and film organisations and personalities paid respect to the Nayak Raj at the event. Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association, Udichi Shilpigoshthi and Bangladesh Ganosangeet Parishad, among others, paid respect to Razzak.
‘Razzak’s contribution to the country’s film industry is immeasurable. Since the late 1960s, Razzak became the face of our industry, which competed with Indian and other film industries’, said cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor.
‘Razzak was a towering figure of our film industry. He led the industry during its incipient days. People will remember him for decades’, said information minister Hasanul Haque Inu.
Razzak’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at BFDC. A second namaz-e-janaza was held at Azad Mosque in Gulshan in the afternoon.
Razzak’s body will be buried at the capital’s Banani graveyard today.
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