Nayakraj Razzak laid to eternal rest


DHAKA, Aug 23, 2017 (BSS) – Legendary Bangla movie star Abdur Razzak popularly known as “Nayakraj Razzak” was buried at the Banani Graveyard this morning.

The celebrated film star was buried at the Banani Graveyard around 10.30 this morning, Bangladesh Film Artistes’ Association President Misha Sawdagar told BSS.

His body was taken to the graveyard at around 10:15am amid rain hours after second son, Rawsan Hossain Bappi, arrived in Dhaka from Canada early in the morning. Bapparaj and Samrat put their father Razzak’s coffin in the grave. The superhero’s two son-in-laws, noted media personalities, film directors, actors and actresses were present during the burial.

Razzak died of cardiac arrest at around 6.13am on Sunday at the city’s United Hospital at the age of 75.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at the death of the renowned film star. In separate messages, they prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.

Earlier on Tuesday, his body was taken at Central Shaheed Minar for last civic tributes. Hundreds of people queued in lines with flowers to pay tributes to their beloved film star Nayak Raj.

People of all strata of life including ministers, political leaders, cultural activities, artistes, professionals, teachers, students, friends, fans and admirers rallied in queue to pay their last homage to the celebrated film star by placing wreaths on the coffin under the arrangement of the Sammilita Sangskritik Jote.

Many fans of Razzak came from different long distance to have last glimpse of the film star. Two long separate queues for male and female carrying flowers in hands reached Dhaka Medical College Hospital Outdoor gate from the Central Shaheed Minar. One minute silence was observed and a mourning diary was opened on the occasion.

On behalf of Awami League, party’s Advisory Council Member Tofail Ahmed and General Secretary Obaidul Quader were first to offer wreaths on the coffin while others followed him to have their last glimpses of Razzak.

“Nayakraj Razzak played an outstanding role in the arena of Bangla movie. His death is an irreparable loss to our film industry. The vacuum will never be filled up,” Quader told newsmen after offering wreath. He compared Razzak with Uttam Kumar, another Bangla movie icon of Kolkata, who is dubbed as “Mahanayak”.

Later, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu and Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Film Director Gazi Mazharul Anwar, cultural personality Syed Hasan Imam, writer Anwara Syed Haque, actress Rozina and Joya Ahsan, actors Shakib Khan, Javed, Ujjal, among others, paid tributes to Razzak.

Gazi Mazharul Anwar said: “We are lucky as we got the chance to work with such a talented artiste. I have many memories with him in his long journey of five decades to the arena of film”.

Fifty five-year old workshop worker Fazar Ali came to Dhaka from Shariatpur this morning to pay last tribute to his beloved film hero who won the hearts of thousands of Bangla movie fans in his long career of five decades.

“I am in Dhaka today to have last glimpse of Razzak. I watched most of his films which touched my hearts truly,” he told BSS at the Central Shaheed Minar.

Government employee Shamsul Haque, who came to Shaheed Minar from city’s Keraniganj, said he became a big fan of Razzak after watching his “Rangbaj” film.

“I watched most of his movies,” he added.

At the Shaheed Minar, different organisations and institutions including Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Bangladesh Television, Cultural Affairs Ministry and Information Ministry paid rich tributes to Razzak by placing wreaths on his coffin.

Later, Razzak’s body was taken to Gulshan Azad Mosque for second namaj-e-janaza.

Earlier in the morning, his first namaj-e-janaza was held at the film star’s long time workplace Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) at 11.30am.

A large number of film actors, actress, cultural personalities, different organisations paid tributes to Razzak there and also joined the janaza.

Actress Babita, who made appearance opposite of Razzak in many movies, said she cannot believe after hearing the news suddenly.

“I cannot believe that Nayak Raj is no more. I appeared in many movies opposite of him,” she said.

Actor Alamgir said Razzak’s death is like death of his father.