The late legendary actor Abdur Razzak known as ‘Nayak Raj Razzak’ to the country’s film enthusiasts was born on January 23, 1942 at Nagtola in Taliganj of Kolkata. The beloved actor ruled the silver screen for decades, with his versatile performances.
The actor’s 80th birth anniversary took place on Sunday. Even though there was no big formality on such a special day but there were special events that happened. It is learnt that the used items of Nayak Raj were handed over to the museum of Bangladesh Film Archive.
Actor Samrat handed over a blazer, spectacles, Punjabi and cap used by the late Razzak to the Museum of Bangladesh Film Archive on behalf of the family. These materials were received by the Director General of Bangladesh Film Archive Md Nizamul Kabir.
The director of the Bangladesh Film Archive Dr Mofakkharul Iqbal, Assistant Director Moniruzzaman, Film officer Md Fakhrul Alam, researcher and writer Mir Shamsul Alam Babu and others were also present at the event.
Regarding the context Samrat said, 'Father's birthday was always a grand event and now there is only emptiness. Due to the current situation, no family arrangements are being made. However, on behalf of the family, I have given some of the materials used by my father to keep in the Film Archive Museum. This initiative of the archive is quite commendable.’
In 2020, a film museum was set up on the 2nd floor of the Bangladesh Film Archive building. In the meantime, Bangladesh Film Development Corporation, Bangladesh Short Film Forum, Shruti Recording Studio, photographer MA Samad, Salauddin, actress Sultana Zaman, film director Chashi Nazrul Islam, actor Azim, actress Sujata and other various film personalities used equipments were kept there.
Razzak acted in different characters in Kolkata-based film industry before migrating to Dhaka in 1964. The he started working with film production companies and got a break as an actor through Zahir Raihan’s Behula in 1966 and never looked back.
He won the hearts of film lovers playing diverse roles in films such as ‘Abirbhab’, ‘Basori’, ‘Etotuku Asha’, ‘Nil Akasher Niche’, ‘Je Agune Puri’, ‘Mainamati’, ‘Dwip Nibhe Nai’, ‘Swaralipi’, ‘Ashikshit’, ‘Chutir Ghanta’ and others.
In his long and eventful career, Razzak acted in more than 300 films. His film ‘Jiban Theke Neya’ is still considered a masterpiece of Bangla cinema. The actor passed away on August 21, 2017 at the age of 75.