Aly Zaker: One year of losing the legendary star
Published: 03:17 PM, 27 November 2021
Aly Zaker, a Bir Freedom Fighter and legendary actor of the Bangladeshi media. To some he was a beacon, to some he was a source of inspiration and a great actor and director. But, above all, he was a great personality. A great man with a good heart.
Today (Saturday, November 26) marks one year since the loss of this great director and actor Aly Zaker. On this day last year, he breathed his last as he was battling cancer for a long time and was diagnosed with Covid-19 two days before his demise.
Born on November 7, 1944, in Chattogram, Aly Zaker’s father Mohammad Taher was a sub-divisional magistrate of Chattogram (then Chittagong) Sadar Street and mother Rizia was a housewife.
Aly Zaker completed his honors from Dhaka University (DU). While studying at the university, he was associated with the Bangladesh Students Union. After graduation, he started working as a trainee executive in a British agency in Karachi. In 1969, he started working for The Asiatic Society in Dhaka.
Aly Zaker married Sara Jaker in 1986. The couple has two children – son actor Iresh Zaker and daughter Sriya Sharbojoya.
Aly Zaker was a linguist of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. His journey on stage started in 1972 with Munir Chowdhury’s play ‘Kobor’. In June 1972, Aly Zaker joined the “Nagorik Natya Sampradaya”. He was there until the last day of his life.
He directed many popular stage dramas. His notable stage dramas include ‘Baki Itihash”, “Dewan Gazir Kichcha”, “Shot Manusher Khoje”, “Copeniker Captain”, “Galileo”, “Macbeth”, etc.
He has acted in numerous dramas on television including “Aaj Robibar”, “Bohubrihi”, “Tathapi”, “Pathor Deyal”. Besides, he has written more than 50 dramas for radio and television.
Aly Zaker has received Ekushey Padak, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award, Bangabandhu Award, Munir Chowdhury Padak, Naren Biswas Padak and many more as recognition.