Razzak directs play on Independence WarCultural Correspondent
Bangladeshi Nayak Raj Razzak has directed a single episode TV play ‘Ami Juddhe Jabo’, highlighting the spirit of the war of independence, which will be aired on Maasranga TV on Independence Day on March 26.
The play, by Mannan Hira, deals with the pre-war socio-political situation of then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, in 1971.
‘The prevailing anxiety of the general population and the simultaneous enthusiasm of the contemporary youth to fight and liberate the motherland have been skillfully portrayed in the drama,’ Razzaq told New Age.
‘Film actors like Samrat, Ishta, Bidya Sinha Mim, Shirin Alam, Ahasanul Haque, Dulal Sarkar, among others, have acted in different characters of the TV play. And I’m very happy with their performances in the challenging roles,’ Razzaq said.
Razzaq further added that he would make more such TV plays in future since the war of independence is always an interesting topic for him. ‘Hopefully I’ll make another TV play for the upcoming Victory Day on December 16,’ he said.
Razzaq, who celebrated his 70th birth anniversary recently, is active in both movies and TV plays. He acts, directs and produces productions for both media. Initially, he started acting in TV plays after his relocation to the then East Pakistan from Kolkata, India, in the mid 1960s. He became a favourite of viewers of Pakistan television, acting in the series ‘Ghoroa’. But, he did not forget his dream of becoming a ‘film star.’
Razzaq has acted in over 300 movies including ‘Jibon Theke Neya’, ‘Maynamati’, ‘Obujh Mon’, ‘Beimaan’, ‘Neel Akasher Niche’, ‘Oshikkhito’, ‘Chhutir Ghonta’ and ‘Baadi Theke Begum’. Razzaq, however, played his last role as a hero in 1994 in the movie ‘Ondho Biswas’. Then, after a five year hiatus, he returned to the silver screen for a role in ‘Baba Kano Chakor’. These days he appears selectively, only for roles suitable for his age and position.
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