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Revisiting Aly Zaker’s iconic roles on television

We lost one of the most celebrated actors of the country with the demise of Aly Zaker on November 27, 2020. The freedom fighter and Ekushey Padak-winning artiste enthralled the audience with his remarkable performances on the stage, television, radio and big screen over the years, beginning his career in 1972. He shared the screen with renowned actor Salman Shah in the film, “Pathor Shomoy” (1990).

Besides being an actor, he was a writer, director, photographer and columnist. His passion towards his craft was unparalleled. Although his importance in the entertainment arena can be talked about for days on end, here are only a few of Aly Zaker's iconic roles on television.

He acted in numerous television projects, most notably "Aaj Robibar", "Bohubrihi", "Ochinbrikkho", "Ekdin Hothath" and "Nokkhotrer Raat."

In the 1988 BTV classic, "Bohubrihi", he played the role of Farid, fondly known as Chhoto Mama. Even though Chhoto Mama is a nagging man, he is witty and humorous.

Written by Humayun Ahmed and directed by Nawazish Ali Khan, "Bohubrihi" recently returned to BTV.

In the classic "Aaj Robibar" (1999) written by Humayun Ahmed and directed by Monir Hossain Jibon, he played Boro Chacha (Dr S Asgar), a role that earned him immense popularity and acclaim.

Dr S Asgar, a PhD holder, thinks everyone at his house is mentally unstable. He tries to read their minds and evaluate their psychological states constantly.

Boro Chacha experimenting with a coffin, playing chess and punishing people who peep through the hole in his door, are some of the funniest and most memorable scenes of the series.

Aly Zaker had a guest appearance in "Nokkhorter Raat", another  masterpiece penned and directed by Humayun Ahmed. The actor was seen in the last few episodes.

In "Ochinbrikkho", another Humayun Ahmed show, Aly Zaker played a dominating village chairman, a role that truly showcased his acting range.

Legendary actor Humayun Faridee played the role of a teacher on the show, and his chemistry with Aly Zaker was remarkable.

"Ekdin Hothath" is another delightful watch directed by Mustafizur Rahman, where Aly Zaker played the role of Mama.

Some other notable television projects of Aly Zaker include "Deyal", "Tothapi", "Ghorsawarir Shopno", "Goni Miar Pathor", "Nitu Tomake Bhalobashi", and "Pandulipi" among others.

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