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Screen legend Aly Zaker passes away

  • Published at 08:50 am November 27th, 2020
Aly Zaker

An Ekushey Padak-winning actor, his most memorable works include ‘Dewan Gazir Kissa,’ ‘Nurul Din-er Shara Jibon,’ ‘Macbeth,’ and ‘Galileo’

Ekushey Padak-winning veteran actor and freedom fighter Aly Zaker has passed away at United Hospital in Dhaka. He was 76.

He passed away while undergoing treatment at around 6:40am on Friday.

Zaker was diagnosed with Covid-19 two days prior to his death.

চার বছর ক্যান্সারের সাথে যুদ্ধের পর বাবা আজকে সকাল ৬:৪০ এ চলে গেল।ইন্নালিল্লাহি ওয়া ইন্নাইলাহি রাজিউন। উনি যেই দোয়া এবং...

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The actor had been suffering from cancer for the last four years.

Earlier, on November 17, he was admitted to Bangladesh Specialized Hospital, due to cardiac issues.

His body was taken to the Liberation War Museum in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar where friends and colleagues bid a final farewell to the revered artist. 

A member of the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in 1971, Aly was also accorded a guard of honour for his contributions to the Liberation War as a freedom fighter. 

He was later laid to rest at the capital's Banani Graveyard following a Namaz-e-Janaza after the Asr prayers at the graveyard mosque.                                                

Admirers and mourners gather at Liberation War Museum in Dhaka to pay final respects to one of its trustee, Aly Zaker, on Friday, November 27, 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the eminent cultural personality, and member of Swadhin Bangla Betrar Kendra Aly Zaker.

In a condolence message, the prime minister said that the contribution of Aly Zaker in the great Liberation War, the country's arts and cultural arena will be remembered forever.

Sheikh Hasina prayed for the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.

He is survived by wife, actor Sara Zaker, son Iresh Zaker and daughter Sriya Sharbojoya.

Zaker was born on November 6, 1944 in Chittagong. He was the third among four siblings, and spent his early childhood in Kushtia and Madaripur. His father was a high-ranking government official who was transferred every few years.

He studied at St Gregory’s High School, Notre Dame College, and graduated from the University of Dhaka.

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Aly Zaker served as a freedom fighter in the Liberation War. He was in Sector 8 with Major General Manzoor.

In 1972, Aly Zaker joined Aranyak Natya Dal. His first stage appearance took place with performance in a drama of “Kabor” written by playwright Munier Chowdhury. Coincidentally, today also marks the Bangladeshi playwright’s 95th birth anniversary.

Later, he joined Nagorik Natya Sampradaya, where his most memorable work — “Dewan Gazir Kissa,” “Nurul Din-er Shara Jibon,” “Macbeth,” and “Galileo,” among many others — came.

Aly Zaker directed plays like “Baki Itihash,” “Bidogdho Romonikul,” “Toilo Sankat,” “Ei Nishiddho Polli Te,” and “Ocholayoton,” among others.

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On television, he is known for classics like “Aaj Robibar” and “Bohubrihi.”

Aly Zaker married eminent theatre personality Sara Zaker in 1975.

For his work, Zaker received Ekushey Padak, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award, Bangabandhu Award, Munier Chowdhury Award, Naren Biswas Award, among other accolades.

He was one of the trustees in the Liberation War museum in Dhaka. He was also the chairman of Asiatic 3Sixty.

Aly Zaker, a true legend of Bangladesh has left us today! He was one of the kindest person I met. A lighthouse for many of us. May Allah grant him eternal peace!

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Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haq, and State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, among many admirers and celebrities, have expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Aly Zaker.

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