A renowned Film Hero llias Kanchan was born on Decmber 24, 1956 at a village Ashutiapara, Under-Karimganj Thana of Kishoreganj district. He was graduated from University of Dhaka and started his career as Film Actor in 1977. His first film is Bashundhara directed by eminent Film Director Suvash Datta. He was associated with more than 300 films as Main Actor. Out of that the most famous Popular films are Parinita, Sesh Uttar, Veja Chokh, Ankhi Milon, Beder Meye Jotsna, Sesh Rokkha, Baba Amar Baba, Mayer Shapna, Nirantar Shaste etc. His first Tele Film is ‘Nayak’. He is a Film Director & Producer also. His directed drama “Nakful” on road accident has earned huge popularity among the viewers of the country.
llias Kanchan established a social movement “NIRAPAD SHARAK CHAI” (WE DEMAND SAFE ROAD) in 1993 after tragic death of his wife Jahanara Kanchan who was killed by a Road Accident on 22nd October. Since then he has been continuing his movement with the slogan, NIRAPAD SARAK CHAI. Mr. Ilias Kanchan has been trying his level best to spread out the movement all over the country as well as elsewhere in the world. Now there are more than 80 branches in the Division, District and Upazilla levels. The Government of Bangladesh has already declared 22nd October as National Road Safety Day. His proposal to declare 22nd October as International Road Safety Day is now under consideration of the United Nations General Assembly.
llias Kanchan received hundreds of awards both nationally & Internationally. And a few of the awards are National Film Award, Bacchas Award, Zia Gold Award, Sher-e-Bangla Smriti Padak, Chalachitra Darshak Award, Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Association award, National Journalist Welfare Sangstha award, Dhaka City Corporation Nagar Padak, Nivetha Singapore Award, Voyage of America Award, Rotary Club of Dhanmondi Recognition, Bangladesh Cultural Movement award, Dhaka Juba Foundation Award etc.
He is a Founder Chairman of Nirpad Sharak Chai & Secretary General of MANAS. Mr. Kanchan is also the founder of Jahnara Kanchan Smriti High School, Sujanagar Pabna, Chandpasha School & College, Babogonj, Barisal and Jane Jahan Madrasha, Karimganj, Kishoreganj. This year he has established a Driving & Training Institute for the S.S.C passed unemployed poor people with a view to provide training & driving license free of cost and also has a plan to provide them with suitable jobs. Alongside his involvement in film industry and movement for safety road namely ‘Nirapad Sarak Chai’ Mr. Ilias Kanchan is also engaged in business activities. He is a Director of R.B. Group, a leading business conglomerate of the country.
llias Kanchan visited Saudi Arabia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, England, America, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Japan, Pakistan and UAE many times.
His daughter Israt Jahan Ima has already completed her BBA from England, and son Mirajul Moin Joy graduated from England this year too.