People from all walks of life thronged the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Tuesday to bid farewell to legendary actor Razzak, popularly known as Nayak Raj Razzak.
Not only fans, but long-time coworkers, ministers, bureaucrats and politicians also paid their tributes to the screen icon of Dhallywood highlighting his role in the country’s film industry and the cultural arena.
With more than 500 films as notches on his belt, he reigned supreme in Bangladesh’s entertainment industry for five decades.
Legendary actor Razzak will be buried at Banani Graveyard in Dhaka on Wednesday morning at 10am after his second son Raoshan Hossain Bappy’s arrival in Dhaka, family sources said.
Meanwhile, his second namaj-e-janaza was held at Gulshan Azad Mosque after the Asr prayers.
Earlier, the 1st namaz-e-janaza of legendary actor Razzak was held on the premises of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (FDC) in the morning.
When the vehicle carrying the body reached the FDC premises around 11:10am, the well-wishers of Razzak—co-workers, artistes, politicians—were all there to pay their last respects to the iconic actor.
The country’s film fraternity has also collectively decided to suspend all shooting for the next three days to mourn Nayakraj.
Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu and secretary of the ministry paid their tributes to the great actor at the FDC in the morning while a lot of artistes, his co-workers and fans from across the country paid their respects with teary eyes.
Inu said that his death is a great loss of film industry. He was the man who heightened the film industry in the 60s. He had worked to revive the name and fame of Bangla films till death.
"The government will preserve the every work of the legend for the next generation as it is our valuable assets. His contribution to Bangla films will be remembered all the times," Inu added.
Popular actress Babita said Razzak is an institution for our film industry. He was unique as friend, philosopher and film star. He is everywhere at the FDC.
President of Bangladesh Cholochitro Shilpi Samity Misha Saudagar said, “He was our living inspiration. His long term acting career is our lesson.”
“We have lost a father, guardian. We will never get an actor like him,” said actor Rubel.
Superstar Shakib Khan, actress Shuchanda were, among others, present in the tribute paying ceremony.
Around 12noon, the body was taken to Central Shaheed Minar from the FDC.
The undisputed emperor of Bangladeshi cinema, who reigned for decades, passed away at the capital’s United Hospital at 6:15pm following a heart attack.
He was admitted there earlier in the day after falling sick, family sources said. He had been suffering from various complications.
Razzak, the founding president of Bangladesh Film Artistes Association, was born on January 23 in 1942 at Nagtala in Taliganj of Kolkata.
During his adolescence, he participated in theatre productions in Kolkata. While studying at a college in Kolkata, he made his first film appearance in 'Ratan Lal Bangali'.
Hoping to be a film star, Razzak went to study film in Filmalaya in Mumbai, India in 1961. Returning from Mumbai, he performed in two movies in Kolkata –‘Pankotilak’ and ‘Shilalipi’.
He, however, moved to Dhaka along with his family in 1964. In Dhaka, he acted in TV plays initially.
Pioneering filmmaker Abdul Jabbar Khan helped Razzak join Iqbal Films Limited. Razzak was an assistant to director Kamal Ahmed in the movie ‘Ujala’.
Razzak’s major breakthrough came with his performance in movie of Salahuddin’s ‘Tero Nombor Feku Ostagar Lane’. He acted in other movies like Neel Akasher Nichey, Maynamati, Moner Moto Bou, Swaralipi, Osru Diye Likha, Jibon Theke Neya and Obujh Mon.