Monday, 16 May, 2022

Nayak Raj’s 80th birth anniversary today

Today is the 80th birth anniversary of country’s legendary film star Nayak Raj Razzak. Nayak Raj’s family has arranged various programmes, including doa mahfil, marking the day.

Television channels will also air an array of programmes today.

The popular actor and director Nayak Raj Razzak was born on January 23 in 1942 at Nagtola in Taliganj of Kolkata.

His parents Akbar Hossain and Nisarunnesa died in early childhood. 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.  In 1964, he moved to Dhaka and met Abdul Jabbar Khan, the producer of   ‘Mukh O Mukhosh’.

He later 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’.

However, acting was his forte and within a short span of time, he became the most popular face in the country’s film industry. Razzak’s major breakthrough 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 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.

He breathed his last on August 21 in 2017 at United Hospital in Dhaka.