Today is the 2nd anniversary of death of legendary actor Abdur Razzak, known as ‘Nayak Raj’ to the country’s film enthusiasts.
Born on January 23, in 1942, at Nagtola in Taliganj of Kolkata, Razzak had a bent for acting from his schooldays and worked on stage in those days. He acted in minor characters in Kolkata-based film industry before he migrated to Dhaka in 1964. Subsequently, he started working with some film production companies and got a break as an actor through Zahir Raihan’s Behula (1966) after which he did not need to look behind.
Some of his notable works are Abirbhab, Bashori, Etotuku Asha, Nil Akhasher Niche, Je Agune Puri, Moinamothi, Dwip Neva Nai, Sharalipi, Ashikkhit, Chutir Ghanta and more. In his long and eventful career, Razzak acted in more than 300 films. His film Jiban Theke Niya is still considered as a masterpiece of Bangla cinema.
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.
In 1976, he emerged as a producer with the film Akankha. Later, he made his directorial debut with the film Chanpa Dangar Bou in 1985.
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 in 1976, 1978, 1982, 1984 and 1988. He was also awarded Indo-Bangla Kala Music Award in 2003, Bachsas Life Time Achievement in 2009 and others.
Razzak was made the goodwill ambassador of the Unicef as the first Bangladeshi film artiste. He was also the founding president of Bangladesh Film Artistes’ Association.
He died in 2017 at the age of 75.
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