Your books, “Shopner Brishti” and “Duti Moncho Natok” were launched at the Ekushey Boi Mela. What can you tell us about them?
While “Shopner Brishti” is a fiction book, “Duti Moncho Natok”, as the name suggests, features two plays. I actually wrote the stories that are now included in “Shopner Brishti” as screenplays for television. We could not work on them because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Eventually, I decided to write the stories as a book. I worked hard to transform the screenplays into a book. “Duti Moncho Natok” focuses on the plays, “Moddhano Bhoj Ki Hobe?” and “Shodh”. Dhaka Stage Monchonayan will be performing “Shodh”, and Monchosarothi Ataur Rahman will direct “Moddhano Bhoj Ki Hobe?”.
Do you have plans to write an autobiography?
Actually, my autobiography is in the works. Through it, I hope to shine a light on my career, childhood, and life lessons. As an experienced artiste, I have a lot to share.
What can you tell us about your role in “Sphulingo”?
I play a minor, negative role in “Sphulingo”. Actually, my daughters did not want me to act in this film because of the pandemic. Even Tauquir himself asked me to let it go. However, I believe Tauquir makes brilliant films, and I wanted to work with him. He has carved a space for himself as a director. “Sphulingo” is an important film, focusing on our nation and the youth. I hope that people like our work.
Translated by Shababa Iqbal