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Bangladeshi renowned film actor Adur Razzak is widely known as Nayak Raj Razzak (king of heroes) amongst the masses. He is one of the very few actors in Bangladeshi mainstream filmdom expressed as Dhaliwood, who have an academic knowledge in film study and have the potential to win the hearts of the audience through good looks and powerful acting. In fact, he ruled the movie industry in 1960s and 1970s, the period known as the golden era of Bangladeshi filmdom. His legacy as hero continued till 1990s. And many critics recognise him as the ‘best actor’ the film industry has produced so far. Besides an actor, Razzak is also a film director, producer and distributor.
Born on 23 January 1942 in Kolkata, Razzak had fascination for art and culture from his boyhood. At his adolescent, he used to participate in theatre productions in Kolkata. While studying at a college in Kolkata, he for the first time appeared in the movie titled “Ratan Lal Bangali”. With the aim to be a film star, Razzak went to learn film study in Filmalaya in Mumbai, India in 1959. Returning from Mumbai, he performed in two movies in Kolkata titled “Pankotilak” and “Shilalipi”. He could manage to develop his access to the Kolkata based movie industry. However, the Hindu-Muslim riot broke out in 1964 forced Razzak and his family to migrate to Dhaka. Though Razzak had the target to rule the East Pakistani movie industry, after the migration, he found the path was not so easy for him. Initially, however, he started acting in TV plays. He became a favourite of the viewers of Pakistan television acting in the series Ghoroa. But, he was not derailed from his dream of becoming a ‘film star’.
A pioneer filmmaker in Bangladesh Abdul Jabbar Khan created an opportunity for Razzak to his dream come true. Khan helped Razzak to join Iqbal Films Limited. He was the assistant to the director Kamal Ahmed in the movie Ujala.
At the initial period of his career in Dhaka, Razzak used to act in small roles in films. But, legendary filmmaker Zahir Raihan gave him the break as hero of the film Behula. However, Razzak could win hearts of the viewers in his second appearance as the hero “Anwara”. And he became a superstar for his performance in the movie “Agun Niye Khela”.
After giving a wonderful performance in Salahuddin’s classic comedy Tero Nombor Feku Ostagar Lane, he became unparallel. After which he only rose upwards due to his indomitable talent. He went on to make more than 300 appearances in popular movies including “Jibon Theke Neya”, “Maynamati”, “Obujh Mon”, “Beimaan”, “Neel Akasher Nichey”, “Oshikkhito”, “Chhutir Ghonta” and “Baadi Theke Begum”.
In most of his over 300 he was a paired with Kabori and Shabana.
Razzak played his last role as a hero in “Ondho Bishwash” in 1994. Razzak disappeared from the movie scene in the mid 1990s and was engaged with his personal business and social works. However, the great actor made a huge come back acting in the lead role in the movie “Baba Kano Chakor”. The movie became so popular that he was asked to star in the Kolkata remake of the movie which also became a huge success over there. The movie, indeed, is a great turn in the seasoned actor’s career. From this movie Razzak started acting in a new dimension in roles. Instead of acting in typical ‘hero’ roles, he started appearing dominating aged characters. Acting in such roles, Razzak also could mesmerise the audience through his unique acting skill.
These days, however, Razzak appears mostly in selective movies in Bangladesh and sometimes in Kolkata, India. He has got appreciation from Kolkata audience acting in movies such as “Swarthopar” and “Onnodata”.
Like the other seasoned actors of the Bangladeshi filmdom, Razzak does find comfortable acting in movies produced by Dhaliwood industry these days, since most of the movies produced from the industry are below standard and logically has a very limited market. He has also directed around 16 movies. Abdur Razzak has won the national film award in Bangladesh several times.
Razzak is also a UNFPA goodwill ambassador.
- Writer: Ershad Kamol, Daily Star
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