The 2nd death anniversary of legendary Bangladeshi film actor and director Nayak Raj Razzak will be observed today.
To mark the day, different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes, including discussion, recitation from the Holy Quran and milad mahfil.Besides, the satellite television channels and radio station of the country will air an array of special programmes.
On the occasion of Razzak’s death anniversary, the artiste’s family has arranged a programme which includes ziarat at the actor’s graveyard, paying homage to the actor at Banani and milad Mahfil.
Nayak Raj Razzak, the actor who made tremendous contributions to Bangla cinema, and won the hearts of millions over the years was born on 23 January in 1942 at Nagtola in Taliganj of Kolkata.
His parents Akbar Hossain and Nisarunnesa died in early childhood of the actor and Razzak was grown up in Kolkata.
He got the chance for acting in drama when he was a student of class seven at Khanpur High School in Kolkata.
He first stood in front of the camera for the film Shilalipi. In 1964, he moved to Dhaka and met Abdul Jabbar Khan, producer of the film Mukh O Mukhosh.And he got a job at the production house Iqbal Films with the help of Jabbar. Later, he made his directorial debut with the film Chanpa Dangar Bou.
He is referred to as Nayak Raj Razzak, a title given by Ahmed Zaman Chowdhury, editor of Chitrali.
However, acting was his forte and within a short span of time, he became the most popular face in the film industry.
During his adolescence, he participated in theater productions in Kolkata. While studying at a college in Kolkata, he made his first film appearance in Ratan Lal Bangali. Hoping to become a film star, Razzak went to study film in Filmalaya in Mumbai, India in 1961.
Returning from Mumbai, he performed in two movies in Kolkata, Pankotilak and Shilalipi. However, the Hindu-Muslim riot which broke out in 1964 forced Razzak and his family to migrate to Dhaka.
After migrating to East Pakistan, Razzak found the path to stardom was not easy. Initially, he acted in TV plays. He became a favourite of the viewers of Pakistani television, acting in the series Ghoroa.
However, he remained focused on his dream of becoming a film star. Razzak’s major breakthrough in movies was his performance in Salahuddin’s Tero Nombor Feku Ostagar Lane.
He acted in other movies like Neel Akasher Nichey, Maynamati, Moner Moto Bou, Swaralipi, Osru Diye Likha, Jibon Theke Neya, and Obujh Mon. Razzak’s first big break in cinema came with his role in Zahir Raihan’s Behula in 1966.
He has acted in leading roles with many prominent actors, including Anwar Hossain, Bulbul Ahmed, Sohel Rana, Ilias Kanchan, Shuchanda, Shabana, Bobita, Kabori, Sujata, Shabnam, and others. He appeared in a number of films opposite actress Shabana.
He won the hearts of millions through his powerful acting in the film Rangbaj. It was first modern action film in Bangladesh. In 1976, he emerged as producer with the film Akankha.
He went on to make more than 300 appearances in Bengali and Urdu movies. The five-time National Award-winning actor has also earned fame as the director. He also directed around sixteen movies. He was given the Independence Day Award in 2015 by the Government of Bangladesh.
Razzak was elected goodwill ambassador of UNICEF as a first Bangladeshi film artiste. He was also the founding president of Bangladesh Film Artistes’ Association.
Razzak was married to Khirunnesa (but she was called by Laxmi by Rajjak). Together they have three sons, Bapparaj, Bappi, and Samrat, and two daughter, Nasrin Pasha and Afrin Alam. He died on 21 August 2017 in Dhaka.