Dhaka is having frequent mood-swings. One day it’s all wind-and-drizzle, the next day the sun is shining harder than ever. In harsh weather, it gets difficult for anyone to stay upbeat, but for actors, it’s much harder to deal with; all the shooting, make-up, and trying to portray the perfect character – all under the scorching sun is no child’s play.
Actress Farah Ruma has her own ways of beating the heat- for both her professional and personal life.
“Shooting is quite tough in such harsh weather. It completely drains you out. Outdoor shooting becomes almost impossible and we don’t have the kind of facility to keep going if the weather is not supportive. So we try and avoid it as a whole.” But just because some of the shooting can be skipped when the sun is too bright, does not mean they can easily skip the whole thing. Sometimes, it is a necessity to get the work done, and Farah has her ways to keep in control during those times. “My skin is very sensitive and I get sunburnt very easily. I apply a lot of sunscreen lotion before I put the make-up on. And then I try to keep my make-up very light.” Farah says. “Heavy make-up can make you feel suffocated, especially when the heat is strong. Apart from that, I make sure I always have an umbrella with me. But apart from all the external factors, the weather can affect you internally too. You may lose a lot of salt along with your sweat which can leave you drained and weak. “The whole unit always keeps saline water around. Sometimes, just water doesn’t cut it. You need to make up for the minerals that have left your system,” adds Farah.
Apart from hygiene and food, what you wear can also affect you greatly when it comes to tackling the weather. Farah says, “I always wear comfortable clothes and stick to light, soothing colours. I don’t like wearing things that stick to the skin during this weather. I stick to loose clothes when I’m in the house, and cotton t-shirts and loose trousers when I go out. I completely avoid make-up and jewellery when I am not working.”
“I always suggest others to drink plenty of fluids — things like saline water and fruit juices. But we should always be careful of where we are getting that water, and whether it is safe to drink.”