Veteran actor Sirajul Islam passed away at his Niketan residence in the capital on March 24. He was 78. He left behind his wife, one son, two daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn.
Sirajul Islam was born in 1938 in Hoogli of West Bengal. He was the only son of his parents Abdul Haque and Arifannesa. When Sirajul Islam was in class nine in 1947 the great partition of the sub-continent took place. His father, a government official, was then compelled to resign and leave for Dacca (now Dhaka) with the whole family. They settled in Banglabazar.
Sirajul was admitted to the Kishori Lal Jubilee School and started developing an interest in stage performance. Then he began appearing on both stage and radio side by side. In 1956 Sirajul was recruited in the then Department of Public Relations. The department now goes by the name of Department of Films and Publications.
Sirajul began his career as a film artiste with a role in "Raja Elo Shohore". He acted in more than 300 films. Some notable films are "Nachghor", "Onek Diner Chena", "Shit Bikel", "Bondhon", "Chawa Pawa", 'Ali Baba", "Noyontara", " Bandhan", "Bhaiya", "Rupban", "Binimoy" "Dumurer Phul" and others. He received National Film Award in 1985 for his role in 'Chandranath' movie.