National Film Award winning actor Riaz has completed 25 years in the film industry. The celebrated artiste first appeared on screen with a side role in Dewan Nazrul’s social action drama ‘Banglar Nayok’ in 1995. But, he came into limelight after playing a lead role in the highly successful romantic drama ‘Praner Cheye Priyo’ in 1997.
Talking about his silver jubilee in the showbiz arena, Riaz said, “I’m very grateful to Allah for my career. My greatest achievement as an actor is the audience’s love. I am also grateful to Babita apa and actor Jashim bhai. Because of them I am today’s Riaz. I also express my gratitude to directors Dilip Biswas, Matin Rahman, Muhammad Hannan, Motiur Rahman Pannu and others for their co-operation. Special thanks to my co-artistes, producers, cinematographers, Makeup artistes, Journalists and others who helped me in various way.”About a question as to whether he is satisfied with his career, Riaz said, “Over all I am happy with my film carrier but I think I could not yet give my best. I am not sure how long I will be able to work in the film industry. Actually, if you compare our film industry with Bollywood or Hollywood you will see that when we end our career they present their best works.”
Riaz Uddin Ahamed Siddique popularly known as Riaz, is a celebrated film actor, producer, model and television presenter of the country. He works with many renowned filmmakers in Bangladesh, and has acted in numerous films that have been commercially successful. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Film Awards. He served in the Bangladesh Air Force before joining the film industry.
Early in his career, Riaz played some romantic roles in films such as ‘Praner Cheye Priyo’, ‘Hridoyer Aina’ (1997), ‘Kajer Meye’, ‘Prithibi Tomar Amar’, ‘Bhalobasi Tomake’ (1998), ‘Biyer Phul’, ‘Narir Mon’ (1999), ‘E Badhon Jabena Chire’, ‘Nishwase Tumi Biswase Tumi’, ‘Bhownkor Bishu’ (2000), ‘Hridoyer Bandhon’, ‘O Priya Tumi Kothay’ (2001), ‘Premer Taj Mahal’ (2002), ‘Moner Majhe Tumi’ (2003), ‘Wrong Number’ (2004), ‘Hridoyer Kotha’ (2006) and ‘Akash Chhoa Bhalobasa’ (2008).
He has acted in some literary adaptations, and in his career he has portrayed many consecutive roles to wide critical acclaim in films such as ‘Dui Duari’ (2000), ‘Shasti: Punishment’, ‘Megher Pore Megh: Clouds After Cloud’ and ‘Shyamol Chhaya: The Green Shadow’(2004), ‘Hajar Bachhor Dhore: Symphony of Agony’ (2005), ‘Bidrohi Padma and Khelaghar: Dollhouse ‘(2006), ‘Daruchini Dip and Ekjon Songe Chhilo’ (2007) and others. In 2005, Riaz worked with Bollywood actress Susmita Sen for Mahesh Manjrekar’s film ‘It Was Raining That Night’.