A festival featuring screening of timeless films of legendary actor Razzak is going on at the auditorium of Bishwo Sahitto Kendro in the capital’s Bangla Motor.
Alor Ishkool, a concern of Bishwo Sahitto Kendro, has organised the three-day festival, which began on Saturday, to commemorate the great actor, who died on August 21.
Two films are being screened everyday at 3pm and 6pm, respectively, at the festival. Today, two films Modhumilan and Alor Michhil will be screened at the event. The 1970 film Madhumilan, directed by Kazi Zahir, also casts Shabana and Raju Ahmed in lead roles. Narayan Ghosh Mita directed 1974 film Alor Michhil casts Babita and Farook, alongside Razzak.
On Sunday, two films Ka, Kha, Ga, Gha, Umma and Pich Dhala Poth were screened, while on the opening day the films Anowara and Abirvab were screened as part of the festival.
Senior coordinator of BSK Ujjal Hossian informed New Age that the screenings are open for all. ‘We (BSK) are paying tribute to Razzak, who shaped the film industry of the country,’ he said.
A considerable number of viewers are visiting the festival every day. ‘I am a huge fan of Razzak. The festival offered us with a good opportunity to watch his films. I thank BSK for holding the event,’ Junaid Rahman, a private service holder, told New Age on Friday.
Born on January 23 in 1942 at Nagtola in Taliganj of Kolkata, Razzak first stood in front of the camera for the film Shilalipi. In 1964, he moved to Dhaka and met Abdul Jabbar Khan, maker of the first Bangla talkie Mukh O Mukhosh. He later got a job at the production house Iqbal Films with the help of Jabbar. Razzak’s first big break in cinema came with his role in Zahir Raihan’s Behula (1966).
At the zenith of his career, he got the epithet ‘Nayak Raj’ from Ahmed Zaman Chowdhury, editor of Chitrali. He won the hearts of millions through his powerful acting in the film Rangbaj.
Some of his notable works are Abirbhab, Bashori, Etotuku Asha, Nil Akhasher Niche, Je Agune Puri, Moinamothi, Dwip Neva Nai and Sharalipi. Razzak acted in more than 300 films. His film Jiban Theke Niya is still considered as masterpiece of Bangla cinema.
Razzak was made the goodwill ambassador of the Unicef as the first Bangladeshi film artiste. Razzak was awarded Independence Award, the highest civilian award of the country in 2015. He also received numerous awards in his career including National Film Award for five times.
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