Razzak’s 78th birth anniv today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jan 23,2020



Today is the 78th birth anniversary of late legendary actor Abdur Razzak.

Razzak, known as ‘Nayak Raj’ to the country’s film enthusiasts, was born on January 23 in 1942 at Nagtola in Taliganj of Kolkata.

He acted in minor characters in Kolkata-based film industry before migrating to Dhaka in 1964.

Razzak started working with film production companies and got a break as an actor through Zahir Raihan’s Behula (1966) and never looked back.

He won hearts of film lovers across the country playing diverse roles in films like Abirbhab, Bashori, Etotuku Asha, Nil Akhasher Niche, Je Agune Puri, Moinamothi, Dwip Neva Nai, Sharalipi, Ashikkhit, Chutir Ghanta and others. In his long and eventful career, Razzak acted in more than 300 films. His film Jiban Theke Neya 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.

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 in 2015. He also received numerous awards in his career including National Film Award 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. He passed away on August 21, 2017 at the age of 75.

Different TV channels will pay tribute to Razzak by airing special programmes.

Private TV channel Channel-i will telecast a documentary, titled Rajadhiraj Razzak, directed by Shykh Seraj. The 90-minute documentary contains selected interviews of Razzak, rare photographs of the Nayak Raj and interviews of his peers, friends, colleagues and family members. It will be aired at 3:30pm. Besides, the channel will telecast Nayak Rajer Chaar Jug at 11:30 am, special episode of celebrity talk show Taroka Kathan at 12:30 pm and others.

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