Abdur Razzak (23 January 1942 – 21 August 2017)[1][2] (known as Razzak) was a Bangladeshi actor and film director.[3] He was dubbed Nayak Raj Razzak (King of Heroes), a term introduced by Ahmed Zaman Chowdhury, editor of the magazine Chitrali.[4] Razzak won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actor five times for his roles in the films Ki Je Kori (1976), Ashikkhito (1978), Boro Bhalo Lok Chhilo (1982), Chandranath (1984) and Jogajog (1988). He was awarded the Independence Day Award in 2015 by the Government of Bangladesh.[4][5] He acted in more than 300 Bangladeshi and Indian Bengali and Urdu films and also directed 16 films. He is considered one of the greatest actors in Bangladeshi film industry.[6]

Nayak Raj

Abdur Razzak
আব্দুর রাজ্জাক
Born(1942-01-23)23 January 1942
Died21 August 2017(2017-08-21) (aged 75)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
NationalityBangladeshi
Occupation(s)Actor, producer, director
Years active1964–2017
SpouseKhairunnesa Laxmi
Children5, including Bapparaj and Samraat

Early life edit

Razzak was born in Naktala, South Kolkata.[1] His parents Akbar Hossain and Nisarunnesa died at early ages.[1][7] He joined the troupe Rongo Shobha Natya Dal led by Chhabi Biswas.[1] In 1961, he went to Mumbai to get a diploma at the Filmalaya Film Institute.[1] 1964 Calcutta riots made work difficult. That year he moved to Dacca to try to break into the nascent East Pakistani film industry.[5]

In Dhaka, Razzak found work at Abdul Jabbar Khan's Iqbal Films, and assisted in Kamal Khan's Ujala. He then worked in small roles in the films Akheri Station and Tero Nombor Feku Ostagor Lane.[1]

Career edit

In 1966, Zahir Raihan was looking for someone to play the lead role of his new film Behula. He chose Razzak who was then serving as one of his assistants.[1] Razzak went on to act in films including Abirbhab, Moynamoti, Taka Ana Pai, Dorpochurno and Jibon Theke Neya (1970). After the 1971 Liberation War he continued working on the films Manusher Mon, Ora Egaro Jon and Osru Diye Lekha.[1]

Razzak got his major breakthrough by acting in the action film Rongbaj (1974), directed by Zahirul Haq.[8]

Razzak acted in leading roles with many prominent actors and actresses, 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.

Razzak went on to make more than 300 appearances in Bengali and Urdu movies.

Razzak made his directorial debut in 1977 with the film Ononto Prem.[1] He created his own production company Rajlokkhi Productions . He went on to become the first Bangladeshi actor to be a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador. He later founded the Bangladesh Film Artistes' Association.[1]

Personal life edit

Razzak was married to Khairunnesa (nicknamed Laxmi). Together they had three sons, Bapparaj, Bappi, and Samrat, and two daughters, Nasrin Pasha and Afrin Alam.[7][9] He died on 21 August 2017 in Dhaka.[10][11]

Filmography edit

Year Title Role Director Co-artist Notes
1960 Ratan Lal Bangali
1965 Pankatilak Student (uncredited)
Unknown Pagla Raja Azharul Islam Olivia, Nuton
Priyotoma Bobita
Protishodh Babul Chowdhury Suchorita
Putro Bodhu Kamal Ahmed Shabana
Sona Bou Bobita
Shetu Babul Chowdury Shabana, Bulbul Ahmed, Anjana
Slogan Kabir Anwar Bobita
Talaq Azharul Islam
1965 Aakhri Station Mushtaq, Assistant Station Master
Nagin Sheikh Nazrul Suchorita, Nuton
Odhikar Kabori
Onek Prem Onek Jala Nazmul Huda Shabana
1966 Ghoroni Hafiz Uddin
Bajimaat Chashi Nazrul Islam
Kabin Shabana
Kajol Lata Mostafa Anwar Suchorita
Kalo Golap Akbar Kabir Bobita
Ke Tumi M S Rahman Kobori
Kar Bou Babytaxi driver
Daak Babu Court Clark
Behula Lakhindar
Kagojer Nouka Drunk man
13 Number Feku Ostagar Len Pintu Bashir Hussain Sujata
1967 Agun Niye Khela
Oporajeo
Chaowa Paowa
Anowara Nur Islam Zahir Raihan Suchonda
Songshar Mostafa Suchonda
Abak Prithibi Mustafa Mehmud Kobori
Abokash
Aponjon Suchorita
Ashadharan Rahim Newaz
Bondhu Dilip Biswas
1968 Dui Bhai Jibon Zahir Raihan
Abirbhab Subhash Dutta First film with Kabori[1]
Kuchbaran Konna
Songshar
Shuorani Duorani Zahir Raihan Suchonda
Pitch Dhala Path Shahzada Ehtesham Bobita [12]
Payal Mustafiz [13]
Eto Tuku Asha Narayan Ghosh Mita Sujata
Banshori Jabbar Kha
1969 Moynamoti Moti Kazi Zahir Shabana [1]
Nil Akasher Niche Mamun Narayan Ghosh Mita Kobori
Shesh Porjonto
Moner Moto Bou Rahim Newaz Suchonda
1970 Charro Beshi Q. M. Zaman [12]
Je Aguney Puri Amir Hussain [12]
Meena Kazi Zahir [13]
Aka Baka
Jibon Theke Neya Faruk Zahir Raihan Suchonda [12]
Dorpochurno Shabnam [1]
Pita Putro
Boro Bou
Taka Ana Pai Shahid Bobita [1]
Modhu Milon Kazi Zahir Shabana
Kaach Kata Hirey Hafiz Jabbar Khan Kobori
Ka Kha Ga Gha Umo Montu Narayan Ghosh Mita [12]
Dheu Er Pore Dheu Mohsin Kobori
Deep Nebhe Nai Kobori
Jog Biyog Fazal Haq [12]
Somapati Manzur Hussain Shabana [12]
1971 Meherban Kazi Zahir [14]
Gayer Bodhu
Sritituku Thak Alamgir Kumkum
Shorolipi Shafi Mahmud Nazrul Islam Bobita
Nacher Putul Firoz Ashok Ghosh Shabnam
1972 Manusher Mon Mostafa Mehmud Bobita [1]
Erao Manush
Ora Egaro Jon Parvez Chashi Nazrul Islam [1]
Obuj Mon Kazi Zahir Shabana
Chowdhury Bari
Jibon Sangeet Mustafa Mehmud Suchonda
Osru Diye Likha Asad Chowdhury Kamal Ahmed Sujata, Suchonda [1]
Chhondo Hariye Gelo Manik S M Shafi Shabana
1973 Jhorer Pakhi Selim Chowdhury Zaman Shabana
Ekhane Akash Nil
Amar Jonmobhumi
Otithi Azizur Rahman Shabana
Sonali Akash Mohit A Matin
Swapno Diye Ghera Sharif Hashmat
Rangbaaz Raja Zahirul Haque Kabori [8]
Khelaghar
1974 Alor Michil Rana Narayan Ghosh Mita
Beiman Ruhul Amin Kobori [15]
Chokher Jole Aziz Azhar
Masud Rana Club singer Sohel Rana
Triratna Bidyut
Porichoy Azizur Rahman Kobori
1975 Bandi Theke Begum Ali Nawsher Mohsin Bobita
Daak Peon
Shadu Soytan Shabana
Ovagi Hafiz Uddin Shabana
1976 Anirban Kamal Ahmed
Akankha
Gunda Bahadur Alamgir Kumkum Kobori
Agun
Ki Je Kori Badshah Zahirul Haque Bobita National Film Award for Best Actor
Somadhi Dilip Biswas
1977 Ananta Prem Abdur Razzak Bobita [15]
Jadur Bashi Mohor Ali
Moti Mahal Imran / Shamsher Daku Ashok Ghosh Kobori
Amor Prem hurtAzizur Rahman Shabana
1978 Oshikkhito Rahmat Azizur Rahman National Film Award for Best Actor
Angaar Chanchal
Alankar Mamunur Rahman Narayan Ghosh Mita Bobita
Agnishikha
Ashami Dilip Biswas Shabana
Mayar Badhon Mustafiz
Shohag Saiful Azam Bobita
1979 Anuraag Kamal Ahmed
Sonar Horin
Matir Ghar Alauddin Azizur Rahman Shabana
Jinjir Rajon / Bandit Farhad Dilip Biswas
1980 Chhutir Ghonta Abbas Mia Azizur Rahman Shabana, Sujata [15]
Sokhi Tumi Kar
Anarkali Dilip Biswas Bobita
1981 Mohanagar Heera Azizur Rahman
Bhanga Ghora
Allah Meherbaan
Shukhe Thako Azharul Islam
1982 Ashar Alo Nurul Haque
Naat Bou S Ahmed Bobita
Rajanigandha Wahid Malik Topon Kamal Ahmed Shabana
Dui Poyshar Alta Amjad Hossain Shabana
Boro Bhalo Lok Chhilo Yasin Mohd Mohiuddin National Film Award for Best Actor[15]
1983 Laily Majnu Kayes Amri / Majnu Bobita
Nazma Nadim Rahman Subhash Dutta Shabana
Lalu Bhulu
1984 Mayer Achol
Notun Prithibi Jibon Sheikh Nazrul Shabana
Chandranath Chandranath Chashi Nazrul Islam National Film Award for Best Actor
Avijan Raju Abdur Razzak Kobori
1985 Awara Kanchan
1986 Tauba
Shuvoda Sadanando Chashi Nazrul Islam
Chapa Dangar Bou Abdur Razzak Shabana, ATM Shamsuzzaman, Bapparaj, Aruna Biswas
1987 Swami Stree Salauddin Badshah
Sondhi Monu Miah / L Chowdhury
Rajlokkhi Srikanto Kumar Bahadur Special Appearance
1988 Dhaka 86
Jogajog Shahed Chowdhury Moinul Hossain National Film Award for Best Actor
Agomon Shaker
1989 Bidhata
Durnam Shaker
Biroho Byatha
1992 Ondho Biswas Mr. Raja / Raju
1994 Sotiner Songsar
1997 Baba Keno Chakor
1998 Shanto Keno Mastan Montazur Rahman Akbar
Baba Keno Chakor Swapan Saha
1999 Santan Jakhan Satru Swapan Saha
Jibon Chabi Alamgir Kumkum Purnima, Ferdous Ahmed, Shakil Khan, Popy, Shakil Khan, Bulbul Ahmed, Anwar Hossain, Dolly Zahur
2002 Annadata (2002 film) Amar Chowdhury Ravi Kinagi Prosenjit Chatterjee, Sreelekha Mitra, Anuradha Ray, Dulal Lahiri
2002 Kurukshetra Raj Shekhar Chowdhury Swapan Saha Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rachana Banerjee, Tapas Paul, Kaushik Banerjee
2006 Nayak The Real Hero Janardhan Sujit Guha Prosenjit Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Sayantani Ghosh, Ashish Vidyarthi, Anamika Saha
2006 Hero Bhabani Shankar Roy Swapan Saha Jeet, Koel Mallick, Tapas Paul, Laboni Sarkar
2008 Akash Chhoa Bhalobasa SA Haque Olike
2009 Mon Diyechi Tomake Abdur Razzak
2011 Hridoy Bhanga Dheu Gazi Mazharul Anwar
2012 Most Welcome Anonno Mamun
Bhalobasar Rong Shaheen Sumon
2013 Ayna Kahini Abdur Razzak
Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini Shafi Uddin Shafi
Nishwartha Bhalobasa Ananta Jalil
Judge Barrister Police Commissioner F I Manik
Onnorokom Bhalobasha Shaheen Sumon
2014 Ek Cup Cha
Akash Koto Dure

Awards and achievements edit

Film edit

Year Award Category Film Result
1976 National Film Awards Best Actor Ki Je Kori Won
1978 National Film Awards Best Actor Ashikkhito Won
1982 National Film Awards Best Actor Boro Bhalo Lok Chhilo Won
1984 National Film Awards Best Actor Chandranath Won
1988 National Film Awards Best Actor Jogajog Won

Other edit

Year Award Category Result
2003 Indo-Bangla Kala Music Award Khan Ataur Rahman Lifetime Achievement Award Won[16]
2009 Bachsas Awards Life Time Achievement Won[17]
2012 Ifad Film Club Award Life Time Achievement Won
2012 Babisas Award Life Time Achievement[18] Won
2014 Meril Prothom Alo Awards Life Time Achievement Won[19]
2017 Tele Cine Awards in Kolkata Life Time Achievement Won[20]

References edit

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