Riaz in his home Banani, Dhaka in 2007
|Born||Riaz Uddin Ahamed Siddique
1972 (age 42–43)
|Occupation||Fighter pilot (Bangladesh Air-Force), actor, producer, television presenter, businessman|
|Spouse(s)||Mushfika Tina (2007-present)|
|Awards||National Film Awards (3rd time)
Meril Prothom Alo Awards (7th time)
Riaz Uddin Ahamed Siddique ( Riaz Uddin Ahamed Siddique.ogg (help·info); born 1972), commonly known as Riaz, is a Bangladeshi film actor, producer, model, and television presenter. Riaz has appeared in more than 100 Bengali films in genres ranging from romance to action to comedies. He is the recipient of numerous achievements, including three National Film Awards and seven Meril Prothom Alo Awards.
Riaz first appeared onscreen as a side role in filmmaker Dewan Nazrul's social action drama Banglar Nayok (1995). He began a full-time career in film with a leading role in the highly successful romantic drama Praner Cheye Priyo (1997). In 2005, Riaz worked with Bollywood actress Susmita Sen for Mahesh Manjrekar's film It Was Raining That Night. His last movie "Lovey Pap Papey Mrityu" was released on 14 February 2014, directed by Sohanur Rahman Sohan.
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Riaz was born in 1972 to an aristocratic Muslim family in Faridpur District, Bangladesh. Riaz is the youngest child in his family. He has six sisters and a brother, Raisuddin Ahamed Siddique. He was brought up in CNB staff quarters of Faridpur for the first sixteen years of his life. His father, the late Zainuddin Ahamed Siddique, was a government service holder. His mother was Arjumand Ara Begum. His paternal home is in Jessore District. His father died in 1988. After the death of his father, Riaz moved to Jessore district in 1989.
Riaz took the exams to be a pilot right after his HSC results. From then on, he became a top-rate fighter pilot. He underwent training in Turkey on a scholarship for one-and-a-half years. He enrolled at the University of Rajshahi from 1991 to 1993 to earn his bachelor's degree in science. However, he was later dismissed from the Air Force due to a misunderstanding with the authorities.
After being dismissed from the Air Force, Riaz moved to Dhaka in 1994. There he met his cousin, actress Bobita, and started his film career in 1995. Riaz married Mushfika Tina, a dance teacher, in a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony on 18 December 2007.
In 1995, Riaz was in Dewan Nazrul's commercially successful film Banglar Nayok, although the movie did not bring him personal popularity. In 1997, Mohammad Hannan's romantic film Praner Cheye Priyo was an extraordinary commercial success, and Riaz became popular soon after. He works with many renowned filmmakers in Bangladesh, and has acted in numerous films that have been commercially successful. He was also in filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar's film It Was Raining That Night and has acted in the English language. In this film, he acted with Sushmita Sen for the first time. Now he has become a popular heartthrob to millions of people in the country.
Early in his career, Riaz played some romantic roles in films such as Praner Cheye Priyo, Hridoyer Aina (1997), Kajer Meye, Prithibi Tomar Amar, Bhalobasi Tomake (1998), Biyer Phul, Narir Mon (1999), E Badhon Jabena Chire, Nishwase Tumi Biswase Tumi, Bhownkor Bishu (2000), Hridoyer Bandhon, O Priya Tumi Kothay (2001), Premer Taj Mahal (2002), Moner Majhe Tumi (2003), Wrong Number (2004), Hridoyer Kotha (2006) and Akash Chhoa Bhalobasa (2008).
He has acted in some literary adaptations, and in his career he has portrayed many consecutive roles to wide critical acclaim in films such as Dui Duari (2000), Shasti: Punishment, Megher Pore Megh: Clouds After Cloud and Shyamol Chhaya: The Green Shadow (2004), Hajar Bachhor Dhore: Symphony of Agony (2005), Bidrohi Padma and Khelaghar: Dollhouse (2006), Daruchini Dip and Ekjon Songe Chhilo (2007), Megher Koley Rod: Sunshine In The Clouds, Ki Jadu Korila and Chandra Grohon: The Lunar Eclipse (2008), Ebadat: The Worship (2009) and Modhumoti (2011). These roles have established him as a well-regarded contemporary actor of Bengali cinema.
|1995||Banglar Nayok||Munna||Dewan Nazrul||Sonia|
|1997||Praner Cheye Priyo||Anik / Rony||Mohammad Hannan||Raveena||Best Actor Meril Prothom Alo Awards|
|2000||Dui Duari||Mystery-man||Humayun Ahmed||Meher Afroz Shawon||Best Actor National Film Awards|
|2001||Shashur Bari Zindabad||Badhan||Debashish Biswas||Shabnur||Best Actor Meril Prothom Alo Awards|
|2002||Premer Taj Mahal||Robin||Gazi Mahbub||Shabnur||Best Actor Meril Prothom Alo Awards|
|2002||Bhalobasa Kare Koy||Suvo||Zakir Hossain Raju||Shabnur||Best Actor BFPDA Film Awards|
|2003||Moner Majhe Tumi||Sentu / Benu||Motiur Rahman Panu||Purnima||Best Actor Meril Prothom Alo Awards|
|2004||Shasti||Chhidam||Chashi Nazrul Islam||Purnima||Best Actor (Critics) Meril Prothom Alo Awards|
|2005||Hajar Bachhor Dhore||Montu||Kohinur Akter Suchanda||Shashi||Best Actor (Critics) Meril Prothom Alo Awards|
|2005||It Was Raining That Night||Vijay Kumar Dixit / Zaffar||Mahesh Manjrekar||Sushmita Sen and Riya Sen|
|2006||Hridoyer Katha||Anik||S. A. Haque Olike||Purnima||Best Actor Meril Prothom Alo Awards|
|2006||Khelaghor: Dollhouse||Yakub||Morshedul Islam||Sohana Saba||Best Actor BFFS Film Awards|
|2007||Daruchini Dip||Suvro||Toukir Ahmed||Zakia Bari Momo||Best Actor National Film Awards|
|2008||Ki Jadu Korila||Sagar||Chandan Chowdhury||Popy||Best Actor National Film Awards|
|2008||Akash Chhoa Bhalobasa||Akash||S. A. Haque Olike||Purnima||Nomination- Best Actor Meril Prothom Alo Awards|
|2014||Lobhey Pap Papey Mrityu||Sagar Chowdhury||Sohanur Rahman Sohan||Purnima|
Awards and nominations
Riaz has received Three National Film Awards for his unique contribution in the Bangladesh film industry. Acting for the films Dui Duari ( 2000) by Humayun Ahmed, Daruchini Dip (2007) by Toukir Ahmed and Ki Jadu Korila (2008) by Chandan Chowdhury.
National Film Awards
- Best Actor for Dui Duari - 2000
- Best Actor for Daruchini Diwp - 2007
- Best Actor for Ki Jadu Korila - 2008
Meril Prothom Alo Awards
- Best Actor for Praner Cheye Priyo - 1998
- Best Actor for Shashur Bari Zindabad - 2001
- Best Actor for Premer Taj Mahal - 2002
- Best Actor for Moner Majhe Tumi - 2003
- Best Actor for (Critics) Shasti: Punishment - 2004
- Best Actor (Critics) Hajar Bachhor Dhore: Symphony of Agony - 2005
- Best Actor for Hridoyer Kotha - 2006
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