Aly Zaker (6 November 1944 – 27 November 2020) was a Bangladeshi actor, businessman, director[2] and writer.[3] He was the owner of Asiatic Marketing Communications Limited (Asiatic 3 Sixty).[4]

Aly Zaker
আলী যাকের
Born(1944-11-06)6 November 1944
Died27 November 2020(2020-11-27) (aged 76)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
OccupationActor, director, businessman
Spouse(s)Sara Zaker
  • Muhammad Taher
  • Rezia Taher

Zaker served as a freedom fighter during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.[5] He was one of the trustees of Liberation War Museum in Dhaka.[6]

In 1999 Zakar was awarded the prestigious Ekushey Padak award by the Government of Bangladesh, which is the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh.

Aly Zaker, who had cancer, died at Dhaka's United Hospital at 6:45am on 27 November 2020. He was being treated for COVID-19.[1]

Background and early lifeEdit

Zaker was born in Chittagong. He spent his childhood in Kushtia.[7] Among four siblings he is the third of his parents – Muhammad Taher and Rezia Taher. Muhammad Taher was a high ranked government official (District Magistrate). He experienced the diversity of life living in different places since his early childhood as his father was in a transferable government job. He spent his early childhood in the district of Kushtia and Madaripur. Later they moved to Khulna and lived there for couple of years until they moved to Dhaka.

Personal lifeEdit

Zaker was married to Sara Zaker who is also a media personality, entrepreneur, and social activist. Together they had two children – Iresh Zaker and Sriya Sharbojoya.[8] Both Iresh and Sriya are working in Asiatic Marketing Communications Limited as executive director and brand communication manager respectively. While Sara Zaker is the deputy managing director of the company.

Professional lifeEdit


Zaker was famed for his theatre acting, with his career spanning many decades. He was founding member of the theatre group, Nagorik where he worked alongside his wife Sara Zaker and the celebrated actor and politician Asaduzzaman Noor since the 1970s.

In 2018 Zakar played the leading role in a Bangla adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's 1943 play The Life of Galileo. Zakar played the role of the 17th Century polymath, Galileo Galilei, alongside Asaduzzaman Noor, who played a number of supporting roles. The play ran for a limited number of performances in Dhaka's Bailey Road.


Zaker was the group chairman of Asiatic 3Sixty, an advertising agency in Bangladesh. It includes Asiatic Marketing Communications Ltd, Talkingpoint, MEC (media agency), Maxus, Asiatic Mindshare, ForthoughtPR, Dhoni Chitra Ltd, 20 Miles, Nayantara Communications, Asiatic Events Ltd, Moitree Printers Ltd., MRC-Mode Ltd.[citation needed]


Television drama
  • Dewan Gazir Kissa
  • Acholayatan
  • Chhayanaut
  • Kanthal Bagan (Cherry Orchard)



  1. ^ a b "Ekushey Padak winner actor Aly Zaker dies". The Business Standard. November 27, 2020. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Kamol, Ershad (February 22, 2009). "Aly Zaker: Reporter in the frontline". The Daily Star. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  3. ^ Zaker, Aly (June 24, 2011). "So, Asharh is here again!". The Daily Star. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  4. ^ Zaker, Aly (May 27, 2011). আর কালক্ষেপ নয়. The Daily Samakal. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  5. ^ Kamol, Ershad (December 14, 2008). ""I read the last news announcing the victory on the eve of December 16, 1971" – Aly Zaker". The Daily Star. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Zaker, Aly (June 10, 2011). "My take on multi-tasking". The Daily Star. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  7. ^ Zaker, Aly (December 3, 2016). "Kushtia and the childhood Days!". The Daily Star. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Sagar, Asifur Rahman (June 18, 2011). প্রজন্মের যোগসূত্র. The Daily Ittefaq. Archived from the original on March 15, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  9. ^ "Dhaka Club honours Ekushey Padak recipients". The Daily Star. February 22, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Basher, Naziba (August 25, 2017). "Aly Zaker receives Selim Al-Deen Padak". The Daily Star. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Aly Zaker and Mofidul Haque to receive Shaheed Altaf Mahmud Padak". The Daily Star. August 30, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "Aly Zaker receives lifetime achievement award". Prothom Alo. Retrieved June 23, 2019.