Film screenings and reminiscence for Abdur Razzak

Cultural Correspondent
Wednesday, August 30th, 2017


A memorial programme plus film screenings were arranged to the recently deceased veteran actor Abdur Razzak. The discussion session of the programme was held at the Seminar Room of National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh (FFSB) organised the event. Two films played by Razzak were screened before the memorial programme as part of the initiative taken by FFSB.


The first film was screened at 10am— “Anowara” directed by Zahir Raihan and played by Abdur Razzak. Then at 2pm “Alor Michil” directed by Narayan Ghosh and played by Abdur Razzak were screened. Both of the films were screened at the International Digital Cultural Archive of National Theatre Hall on the sixth floor.


The memorial programme was cherished by a number of senior members of Bangladesh’s film movement. Filmmakers Amjad Hossain, CB Zaman, Haider Rizvi, Masihuddin Shaker, Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu, Delowar Jahan Jhantu led the series of speakers due to deliver at the event. Then there were film critics and researchers Dr Mohammad Jahangir Hossain and Fahmidul Haque. Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, president of Film Directors’ Association were also be present. Hasanul Haque Inu, Minister of Information was present as chief guest while architect Lailun Nahar, president of FFSB chaired the event.


Razzak was born in Naktala, South Kolkata. His parents Akbar Hossain and Nisarunnesa died at early ages. He joined the Troup Rongo Shobha Natya Dal led by Chhabi Biswas. In 1961, he went to Mumbai to get a diploma at the Filmalaya Film Institute. He and his family fled to Dhaka as refugees during the Calcutta communal violence in 1966.


In Dhaka, he 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.


Razzak has acted in leading roles with many prominent actors, 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. He 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. 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.

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