Noor in Gwangju, South Korea (Oct 2014)
|Cultural Affairs Minister|
January 2014 – January 2019
|Member of Parliament for Nilphamari-2|
|Assumed office |
|Born||31 October 1946|
|Alma mater||University of Dhaka|
|Occupation||Politician, Actor & Cultural Activist|
Asaduzzaman Noor (born 31 October 1946) is a Bangladeshi actor, politician and activist. He has been the Member of Parliament for Nilphamari-2 since 2001 and formerly served as the Minister of Cultural Affairs from 2014 to 2019.
Asaduzzaman Noor is famed for his acting across theatre, film and television. He is best known for his role as Baker Bhai in the television series Kothao Keu Nei, written by the celebrated Bangladeshi author Humayun Ahmed, during the 1990s. His notable television works include Kothao Keu Nei, Ayomoy, Bohubrihi and Ei Sob din Ratri. His notable films are Shonkhonil Karagar (1992) and Aguner Poroshmoni (1994), both of which won National Film Awards.
Noor's acting career began with the theatre. In 1973 he joined the theatre group "Nagorik". He was a receptionist of the paper "Chitraly" at that time and went to take the interview of the prominent actors that time. There he met Ali Zaker, an actor of Nagorik, who asked him to visit the rehearsal of his new team. Later he joined that group. At first he used to work behind the stage as a prompter. At one point the rehearsal of the drama "Toilo Shonkot" which was written by Rashid Haider was going on, when with only two days remaining until performance day, the leading actor of that drama Abul Hayat got injured. As Noor had learned all the lines in his role as a prompter, Ali Zaker asked Noor to take the part. Following a bit of persuasion from the other cast Noor performed the role and thus began his career as an actor. Noor's first television drama "Rang-er Phanush" was directed by Abdullah al Mamun in 1974.
He got his break-through in acting during his early days as a Bangladesh Television dramatic artist and has since starred in many television shows and films.
In 2018 Noor returned to the stage with his long-term acting partner Aly Zaker in a Bangla adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's play The Life of Galileo about 17th Century polymath Galileo Galilei. The role of Galileo was played by Aly Zaker with Noor playing a number of supporting roles. The play ran for a limited number of performances in Dhaka's Bailey Road.
Noor came to politics during the period of Ayub Khan in 1962. He was a student and had joined the East Pakistan Students' Union, which was a left-sided organisation. Later he became the chairman of the Nilfamari Mohokuma Shomeetee. In 1966, he was admitted to Dhaka University to study law still a member of the Students' Union. Later he became the cultural secretary of the central committee. He also was the chairman of the Shongskriti Shongshod, a very large cultural organisation of Dhaka University. Noor stayed in the Iqbal Hall (now Johurul Huq hall) which was the centre of student politics during that period. At that time Noor came in contact with the versatile student leaders of that time. Though the followers of different political belief they worked together against the dictatorship of West Pakistan government.
At the eve of Bangladesh Liberation War, Noor left Dhaka and came back to Nilphamari District when he received an order from his political party on 8 March 1971. There he helped the then East Pakistan Rifles (now Border Guards Bangladesh). He crossed the border during the War of Liberation on 8 April. Noor was a freedom fighter under the Sector-6 and helped to organise the war and took training. He also helped to recruit freedom fighters during the nine-month war period. But following the liberation of Bangladesh he grew more distant with active politics. However, later Noor became active in the 1990 Mass Uprising against the military leader Ershad.
In 1996, Noor was asked by the Bangladesh Awami League leader and future Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, to run as an Awami League candidate in the upcoming parliamentary election. However, claiming he was not yet ready, he postponed participation until the subsequent general election in 2001, running in his home-town, Nilphamari. In the 2001 general election Noor was elected as the Member of Parliament for Nilphamari-2, a constituency in the north-west, where he won with 38% of the popular vote. In the subsequent 2008 general election Noor was re-elected, increasing his vote share to 62%. In 2013, his election convoy in Nilphamari was attacked by activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, causing the deaths of five people. Noor ran unopposed in the 2014 general election, as the election was boycotted by the opposition alliance. He was elected for a fourth consecutive time in the 2018 general election for Nilphamari-2.
In 2014, Noor was appointed to the Cabinet by the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, as Minister for the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. He served a full term as Minister but was dropped from the subsequent Cabinet formed in 2019.
Noor is a celebrated elocutionist known for his poetry and prose recitation and his oration. He has lent his voice to numerous TV shows as a narrator and to advertisements.
Noor is the former Vice Chairman at Asiatic Three Sixty and the former Managing Director at Desh Television, but resigned from these posts when assuming his role a Minister. He is also a trustee at the Bangladesh Liberation War Museum.
Major Dramatical Works
- Ei Shob Din Ratri (1985): Written by Humayun Ahmed. A story about a middle-class family. Their sadness, happiness, struggles, and dreams of everyday life.
- Ayomoy (1988): Originally a novel written by Humayun Ahmed, this epic series follows the life of a landowner (Character name: Chhoto Mirza) in rural Bangladesh during an era of ignorance. Noor portrayed the wild characteristics of a protagonist subdued by wealth and a moral dilemma, brought about by the sheer mistrust of his own conscience.
- Bohubrihi (1988): Also written by Humayun Ahmed, Noor plays a poet, who has had the misfortune of losing his wife, but lives merrily through his creative art and his two rather mischievous children. Although not a protagonist, he will be forever remembered as 'Anis bhai'.
- Kothao Keu Nei (1990): Another Humayun Ahmed production, considered a milestone in Noor's career and also in Bangladeshi TV drama. Noor played the role of 'Baker Bhai', a goon who is popular in the locality for his idealistic views. The serial ended with the trial and execution of Baker Bhai in a murder case plotted by his adversary. This created a huge emotional impact nationwide.
- Priyo Podorekha (1992): A TV film produced by BTV and written by Humayun Ahmed.
- Aaj Robibar (1999): A comedy sitcom by Humayun Ahmed production. Noor played the role of Farhad in this big hit TV series in late 90's.
- Ke Hotey Chay Kotipoti (2011): Noor hosted the Bangladeshi version of the famous British show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The show aired on Desh TV and ran for one series.
- Osthir Somoy Shostir Golpo: Hotel Albatross (2017): Noor plays the role of head-chef, Kibria Kabir, in this Eid Special TV short drama, written and directed by Nuhash Humayun.
- Hooliya (1984):
- Shonkhonil Karagar (1992):
- Aguner Poroshmoni (1994): In Humayun Ahmed's portrayal of the Bangladesh Liberation War, Noor plays the central character of a freedom fighter, who finds love among chaos in Dhaka. He received national acclaim along with the other casts of the film for performance.
- Chandrokotha (2003):
- Daruchini Dip (2007): Noor plays the role of Anushka's Father in this movie about the travels of a group of young men and women.
- Shahid Munier Chowdhury Award (2006)
- Syed Badruddin Hossain Memorial Award (2015)
- World Theatre Day Award (2015)
- Independence Day Award, (2018)
Noor is married to Dr. Shaheen Akhter, a Professor of Paediatric Neurology in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and the Director of the Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA). Together they have a son, Shudeepto, and a daughter, Shuprova. Shudeepto is married to Kajalie Shehreen Islam, daughter of a Bangladeshi diplomat M. Aminul Islam. Noor has a sister, Kaosar Afsana, former Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at BRAC, Bangladesh and a brother, Dr. Ahaduzzaman Mohammad Ali, who is a retired Professor from the University of Dhaka.
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