Aly Zaker

A very popular actor of stage and television and an eminent theatre director Aly Zaker started his colourful acting career through the performance in the show titled ‘Kabor’ by Muneer Chowdhury and staged by Aranyak Natyadal in the year 1972, immediately after the liberation. In the same year, he joined Nagarik Natya Samproday and later performed in the prima role in ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Tempest’  y Shakespeare, ‘Dewan Gazir Kissa’ based on ‘Mr Puntila and His Man Matti’ by Bertolt Brecht, ‘Galileo’, ‘Nuroldeener Sara Jeebon’ by Syed Shamsul Haque, ‘bidagdha Ramanikul’ based on ‘Les Femmes savantes’ by Molière, ‘Ei Nishiddho Pollite’ based on ‘Everything in the Garden’ by Edward Albee and many more. His first direction on stage was the play ‘Baki Itihas’ by Badal Sarkar, which was staged in 1973. This was the first ever show, where tickets were sold. This was the brainchild of Azy Zaker. At present, he is directing stage drama ‘Chhayanaut’ by Utpal Dutt.

Aly Zaker performed in more than three hundred dramas on television, almost all of which attained enviable popularity. He also acted in radio and cinema. He adapted and translated few plays for stage. Also he is adept in original plays and essays. He writes regular columns in leading dailies and hosts different talk- shows on different television channels.

In a family of two brothers and two sisters, Aly Zaker was born on 6 November 1944 in Chittagong, as the third child. His departed father Muhammad Taher was a higher government official. Because of his father’s transferrable job, he spent his childhood and adolescence in different districts including Kushtia, Chittagong, Khulna and Dhaka. He spent his academic life in KL Jubilee High School. Gendaria High School, Saint Gregory’s High School, Notre Dame College and Dhaka University. He started his professional career with WS Crawfords Limited, a UK­based company stationed in Karachi. Later, in 1968, he joined East Asiatic Advertising Limited and introduced a new concept of advertising in the then­Pakistan. Currently the Chairman of Asiatic 3sixty Group, Aly Zaker has evolved his oragnisation as one of the most successful ones in Bangladesh.

A valiant freedom fighter of 1971, Aly Zaker is the proud father of a son and a daughter. His wife Sara Zaker, also a famous theatre personality, is the Managing Director of Asiatic 3sixty Group. Both are Trusties of the Liberation War Museum. The awards Aly Zaker received are Ekushe Padak, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award, Bangabandhu Award, ‘Critics Circle of India Award, Sequence Award of Merit’ Awar, Muneer Chowdhury Award and many more.