Legendary Bangladeshi film actor Abdur Razzak’s 4th death anniversary was observed on Saturday.
To mark the day, the artiste’s family arranged various programmes, including, offering prayers at the actor’s graveyard and doa Mahfil on the day.
Abdur Razzak, popularly known as Nayak Raj Razzak, was born on 23 January in 1942 at Nagtola in Taliganj of Kolkata.
During his adolescence, he participated in theater productions in Kolkata. While studying at a college in Kolkata, he started his acting career through the film ‘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.
In 1964, he met Abdul Jabbar Khan, producer of the film ‘Mukh O Mukhosh’ in Dhaka. And he got a job at the production house Iqbal Films with the help of Jabbar.
After migrating to Dhaka, 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’.
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, Babita, 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 has acted in more than 300 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.
The legendary actor breathed his last on August 21 in 2017 in Dhaka.