Eminent actor, director Aly Zaker passed away at Dhaka’s United Hospital at 6:45 am after battling cancer for over four years. He was 76 at his death.
Aly Zaker was one of the prominent directors and TV actors. Earlier, on November 17, he was admitted to Bangladesh Specialized Hospital due to cardiac issues.
Aly Zaker was born on November 6, 1944 in Chattogram to Muhammad Taher and Rezia Taher.
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 transferred every few years.
He studied at Notre Dame College and graduated from the University of Dhaka.
Aly Zaker was a Freedom Fighter during the Liberation War in 1971. He was in Sector 8 with Major General Manzoor.
In 1972, Aly Zaker joined Aranyak Natya Dal. His first stage appearance was in the troupe’s rendition of the Munier Chowdhury play “Kabor”.
Later, he joined Nagorik Natya Sampradaya, where his most memorable work — “Dewan Gazir Kissa”, “Nurul Din-er Shara Jibon”, renditions of “Macbeth” and “Galileo”, among many others — came.
He directed plays like “Baki Itihash”, “Bidogdho Romonikul”, “Toilo Sankat”, “Ei Nishiddho Polli Te” and “Ocholayoton”, among others.
On television, he is known for classics like “Aaj Robibar” and “Bohubrihi”.
He married eminent theatre personality Sara Zaker in 1975 and they have a son Iresh Zaker and daughter Sriya Sharbojoya.
He was one of the trustees in the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka. He was the Chairman of the Asiatic Society.
Aly Zaker was awarded with Ekushey Padak, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award, Bangabandhu Award, Munier Chowdhury Award, Naren Biswas Award, and many others.