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Qayyum Chowdhury's last signature work

Qayyum Chowdhury's last signature work

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), Dhaka brought out an innovative table calendar for the year 2015, of which each month focuses on portraits of a great personality – from politicians, litterateurs, poets, artist, mystic bard, classical musician and religious and social reformers of both Bangladesh and India. Five renowned Bangladeshi artists – Qayyum Chowdhury, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Jamal Ahmed, Ranjit Das and Kamaluddin portrayed the portraits for the calendar.   Celebrated artist Qayyum Chowdhury depicted visages of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore on the calendar. The portrait of Tagore was the last signature work by late artist Qayyum Chowdhury, who breathed his last on November 30 at the Combined Military Hospital followed by a stroke on the stage of Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014. Artist Jamal Ahmed painted the portraits of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin and legendary...

Richi Solaiman on a roll

Richi Solaiman on a roll

Popular actress Richi Solaiman forayed into production eight years ago with...

Prangonemor's theatre fest begins today

Prangonemor's theatre fest begins today

A weeklong theatre festival titled “Dui Banglar Natya Melay Rabindranath O...

Doctor as actor

Doctor as actor

A physician by profession, Dr Ejajul Islam is a seasoned actor....

THE WEEKENDER

Mir Sabbir

Mir Sabbir

Renowned actor-director Mir Sabbir usually has a lot on his plate, but that doesn't stop him from being a loving father and a genuine family man. In a recent conversation, the artiste shared his weekend routine with The Daily Star: What do you usually do during your weekends? Sabbir: I do not commit to any...

I want to make good films… SA Haque Alik

I want to make good films… SA Haque Alik

SA Haque Alik began his journey as a television direction in the late 1990s. Then Alik used to be a theatre actor who never thought of becoming a filmmaker. But fate has something else written for him that has brought him success as both television director and filmmaker. His debut film, “Hridoyer Kotha”,...

Swapnadal to honour Shimul Yousuf

Swapnadal to honour Shimul Yousuf

Theatre group Swapnadal is set to honour theatre veteran Shimul Yousuf, to mark the International Women's Day. The programme, at the Studio Theatre Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on March 8, will also see the troupe stage their play “Chitrangada”, a lyrical play version of the dance-drama written by Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore originally...

Rani to be awarded for highlighting women's safety

Rani to be awarded for highlighting women's safety

Indian actress Rani Mukerji is being honoured with an award for her endeavour to highlight the cause of the safety, security and protection of girl child and women in “Mardaani”. A panel of jurists and experts has selected Rani for the national award to be conferred by the Institute for Gender Justice. Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury,...

People already hate me Enough

People already hate me Enough

For most musicians, winning a Grammy is the ultimate in career recognition. Unless, of course, you happen to be rapper Iggy Azalea, who wanted no part of the Best Rap Album award she was up for in February. Although the rapper acknowledges she was happy to be “thought of” in the category (where she...

Audio CD of poetry readings

Audio CD of poetry readings

This year BidyaProkash, aside from their usual variety of books, released an audio CD of recitation based on the book “Nokkhottrer Shobtuku Neel Tokame Debo” by Pial Khondokar and Mushumi Rahman at the 2015 Ekushey Book Fair. The book was published for the 2013 Book Fair by BidyaProkash themselves. The CD features renowned elocutionist...

Steve Martin to star in Ang Lee's next

Steve Martin to star in Ang Lee's next

Steve Martin is joining the cast of the Ang Lee-directed “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” for TriStar. Martin will join newcomer Joe Alwyn, with Garrett Hedlund in line for another key role. The adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel starts shooting in April. In the film, Bravo Company, and 19-year-old Private Billy Lynn, survives...

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What's On

  • Concert

    Concert for the Burned
    Bands: Arbovirus, Powesurge, Owned + more
    Venue: National Library Auditorium
    Date: Mar 14
    Time: 11am-9pm

  • Shilu Abed Craftperson Award

    Organiser: NCCB
    Venue: BRAC Centre Inn
    Date: March 5
    Time: 5pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Artist: Shiro Sadoshima
    Venue: Zainul Gallery-2,
    FFA, DU
    Date: Mar 2-7
    Time: 12pm-8pm

  • Street Theatre Festival

    Organiser: Bangladesh Street Theatre Council
    Venue: Shaheed Minar
    Date: Mar 1-7
    Time: 5pm

  • Solo Painting Exhibition

    Artist: Laila Anjuman Ara
    Title: Joy of Nature
    Venue: Alliance Francais de Dhaka
    Date: Feb 27-March 9
    Time: 3pm-9pm

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IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Zahir Raihan directed one of the most feted Bangla movies, “Jibon Thekey Neya”, featuring Khan Ataur Rahman, Rowshan Jamil, Anwar Hossain, Razzaque, and Suchanda. Raihan made a bold step with the movie by narrating the contemporary political turmoil in the then East Pakistan. The mass upsurge of 1969 was brilliantly captured in the movie by the ace filmmaker. The movie is also special for another reason: the National Anthem of Bangladesh, “Amar Shonar Bangla” was played for the first time in a Bangla movie and the song ignited the sense of Bangalee nationalism among the masses.

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Lalon memorial festival begins

Lalon memorial festival begins

The five-day Lalon Smaran Utsab (Lalon memorial festival) at the Lalon Akhra, began at Chheuria in Kushtia, yesterday. The annual festival, also called Dol Purnima Utsab, has been organised by the Lalon Academy that oversees the upkeep of Lalon's shrine. The akhra saw an influx of Lalon devotees and admirers from Bangladesh and overseas. As...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
''Acting runs in my blood'' …Putul

''Acting runs in my blood'' …Putul

Putul, a theatre, TV and film actress was thrilled to receive a national award for her role in Humayun Ahmed's “Agun er Poroshmoni”. She shared about her association with Ahmed and many other subjects. How many films have you done so far? Putul: There is no one like Humayun Ahmed. I did three of his...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Dilara Zaman in new TVC

Dilara Zaman in new TVC

The impeccable Dilara Zaman has left many of her contemporaries behind with her seamless, natural acting, and even at this age is not shy of lending her on-screen skills to TVCs. The veteran actress was seen in a new TVC, endorsing a multinational company's plastic utensils, directed by Maksud Hossain. Said Zaman, “The...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Shuvo releases song for Bangladesh team

Shuvo releases song for Bangladesh team

To cheer the Bangladesh cricket team along for the ICC World Cup, singer Moidul Islam Khan Shuvo has released a new song called “Ora Aschhe”. Shuvo says the song, sung by him along with Baul Shafi Mondal, Tumpa, Chandana Majumdar and Adnan, is a tribute to our cricket heroes. Inspired by Bangladesh's national team jersey, which is based on the Sundarbans, the song is accompanied by a video depicting the cricket-loving nation's uncompromised love for the game. Shuvo hopes it will add to the already rife cricket-craze in the country. The song is now playing on various television and radio stations. The lyrics of the song are penned by Shuvo...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
J-Law to play war photographer in Spielberg's next

J-Law to play war photographer in Spielberg's next

It is now confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence will star in Steven Spielberg's “It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War”. Warner Bros. won an auction Monday for the rights to the memoir by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning international photojournalist. “American Sniper” producer Andrew Lazar is on board the drama. The project attracted multiple offers after an excerpt of Addario's memoir appeared in the The New York Times Magazine. Addario, who has traveled to war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq, won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 and was part of the New York Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for International Reporting for her work in...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Music College artistes to perform at Shantiniketan

A 20-member team of Government Music College, Agargaon went to Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan, India yesterday to perform there in Dol Utshab (Holi Festival). Professor Shameema Parveen, principal of the college, along with several teachers and students of the institution, will present Bangladeshi music on March 6 evening in a programme titled “Bosontey Baul Utshab 2015”, arranged by Kolkata-based organisation Intravenous Entertainment. “We have planned to perform diverse songs including classical music, Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, songs of Language Movement, Shadhin...

Published Date: March 5, 2015
Assisting Bhansali on “Black” changed my life...Ranbir

Assisting Bhansali on “Black” changed my life...Ranbir

Ranbir Kapoor, who started his career as an assistant director to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, said if he has to pen down a portion of his life, then it would be the time when he assisted Bhansali on the film “Black”. He also said that phase transformed him completely from an “aimless slacker boy...

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Published Date: March 5, 2015
Madonna announces new tour dates

Madonna announces new tour dates

Pop icon Madonna will begin an international tour to promote her new album “Rebel Heart” with a concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in August. The show will kick-start the North American leg of her tour that will include shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Juan, and Puerto Rico. The 56-year-old pop star will begin the European and British segment of the tour with a concert in Cologne, Germany on November 4 followed by dates in London, Paris, Barcelona and other cities. Concerts in Australia and Asia will be announced at a later date, according to Madonna's website. Source: Reuters

Published Date: March 5, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

In “Ora Egaro Jon” (1972) -- the first movie released on our Independence War, most of the lead roles were played by actors who actually fought against the Pakistani armed forces. Directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam, the movie is considered to be one of the best feature films based on the Liberation War....

Published Date: March 4, 2015
Shiro Sadoshima's rich tribute to Bangladeshi art

Shiro Sadoshima's rich tribute to Bangladeshi art

Shiro Sadoshima, a passionate artist and the Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh, paid his rich tribute to our culture, rendering Bangladeshi lives onto his canvases. The self-taught artist's maiden solo exhibition was jointly inaugurated by cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and Anjan Chowdhury, chairman of Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art (SPBA) at Zainul...

Chit Chat

Published Date: March 4, 2015
''My songs are meant for my fans'' ...Nancy

''My songs are meant for my fans'' ...Nancy

Nancy, a popular singer, started her career in 2002. She has sung several jingles for TV. She became an enlisted artist at Bangladesh Betar in 2002 as a Nazrul, modern and folk singer, but her pop music career has garnered her popularity over the years. In a recent conversation, she talked about bits and...

Published Date: March 4, 2015
''Chappie'' to release in Dhaka on US release date

''Chappie'' to release in Dhaka on US release date

“Chappie”, a science-fiction film by Neil Blomkamp (“District 9”), is releasing in Dhaka on March 6, the same day as its US release. Starring Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Sharlto Copley (“The A-Teram”, “Elisiyum”), it is about an experimental robot designed to learn and feel, and his struggles for survival. It is based on blomkamp's 2004 short film “Tetra Vaal”. The film, that sees its international release today, will premiere tomorrow at the Star Cineplex, and will be on the show-time roster from Friday.

Published Date: March 4, 2015
''Shelai Poribar'' begins

''Shelai Poribar'' begins

New drama serial “Shelai Poribar”, based on garment workers' lives, began airing on Channel i yesterday. Rokeya Prachi has written and directed the serial, conceptualised by Syed AK Anwaruzzaman and produced by Anwara Begum, CEO of SM Style Limited (Smartex) --- on behalf of the company. At an event held at a city hotel...

Published Date: March 4, 2015
Shejuti-Aloke Sen go phono-live

Shejuti-Aloke Sen go phono-live

Moumita Haq Shejuti will perform in phono-live music show Banglavision Music Club, to be aired tonight at 11:25pm on Banglavision. Singer Aloke Sen will perform along with Shejuti. The singers will present a number of raga-based Bangla songs and a few classics from the golden age. The show, hosted by RJ Nirob, is produced...

Published Date: March 4, 2015
Priyanka Chopra plays FBI agent in Quantico

Priyanka Chopra plays FBI agent in Quantico

Actor-singer Priyanka Chopra is set to play an FBI agent in US TV network ABC's drama pilot “Quantico”.     Produced by Mark Gordon, Josh Safran and Nick Pepper, the show centers on a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia, Deadline.com reported.   Priyanak also took to Twitter to reveal her role in the American sitcom.   Despite being one of the leading ladies of Bollywood in the last decade or so, Priyanka has recently shifted her attention to the United States, where she has released music, collaborating with various artistes and DJs. Source: Hindustan Times

Published Date: March 4, 2015
Food Caravan on ntv

Food Caravan on ntv

Cookery show “Food Caravan” will air tonight at 8:15pm on ntv. Directed by Abu Raihan, the show is divided into three segments -- promoting regional recipes, besides those of Siddika Kabir -- and of a renowned restaurant chef. The show, hosted by Pinky Chetri, will have Afifa Akhtar Lita as the regular chef.

Published Date: March 4, 2015
Tintin items up for auction in Paris

Tintin items up for auction in Paris

Hundreds of storyboards, drawings and books by Tintin creator Georges Remi - better known as Herge - are to go under the hammer in Paris this weekend. Sotheby's will put 288 items up for sale on March 7, around 50 of which are signed by the Belgian cartoonist. One of the drawings - used on the cover of a 1938 edition of weekly supplement Le Petit Vingtieme - is tipped to fetch as much as 480,000 euros. Tintin made his first appearance in the supplement's pages in 1929. Other items up for grabs include a storyboarded page from Tintin adventure The Castafiore Emerald, which includes a written dedication to screenwriter and novelist Francois...

Published Date: March 4, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

By the time Ballet originated in the 15th century, classical Chinese dance had already been around for thousands of years. Ancient statues, carvings, and texts show Chinese dance was deeply embedded in 5,000 years of Chinese history. From the ancient palaces of the Xia and Shang dynasties to the Forbidden City halls of...

Published Date: March 3, 2015
A silver lining for BANGLA CINEMA

A silver lining for BANGLA CINEMA

Bengal Cinema Development Forum (BCDF) began its journey in 2013 to promote young filmmakers with the potential to usher in a new era in Bangladesh's cinema. As a step in that direction, BCDF invited scripts from filmmakers, and after rigorous selection has zeroed in on five scripts which will receive funding. The winners...

Tête-à-tête with

Published Date: March 3, 2015
Dinat Jahan Munni

Dinat Jahan Munni

Dinat Jahan Munni won her first national-level award for singing in 1985, and over the decades, has established herself as a singer, and later as a TV host. She sings old and modern Bangla songs with equal ease, and is quite the pleasant personality on the small screen. The artiste recently spoke to The Daily Star about her music and more. Between anchoring and singing, what do you enjoy more? Munni: Singing is always my priority. I have never considered anything apart from singing as my career. It's not that I don't like hosting, but there is a difference between being passionate about something, and just liking something. And to chose...

Published Date: March 3, 2015
Cultural programme on Int'l Mother Language Day

Cultural programme on Int'l Mother Language Day

Uccharan Academy, a leading cultural organisation of Bogra, arranged a cultural programme on International Mother Language Day and Shaheed Dibosh at its office in Wood-burn Municipality Park in Bogra town. The chief coordinator of Uccharan Academy, Atiqur Rahman Mithu presided over the function. Among the speakers were noted human rights activist Anwarul Islam Bacchu, president...

Published Date: March 3, 2015
Sonam hospitalised with swine flu

Sonam hospitalised with swine flu

Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor, who was admitted to a private hospital in Rajkot, has tested positive for swine flu. She was admitted with symptoms of high fever, sore throat and body ache, prompting doctors to take samples for a swine flu test. It has now been confirmed that the actor has caught H1N1 infection. Swine flu has become an epidemic in Gujarat where since January 1, 256 people have died while more than 4000 cases have been reported from across the state. The actor has not been isolated and is stable and under the treatment of Dr Chirag Matravadia of Sterling multispeciality hospital. The Bollywood star's trainer too has tested positive...

Published Date: March 3, 2015
Iron Maiden's new album ready to go!

Iron Maiden's new album ready to go!

It's a bittersweet time for Iron Maiden. About a week ago, news broke out that vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently battling cancer. However, a new update from drummer Nicko McBrain says the legendary heavy metal act has completed their 16th studio album. McBrain broke the news of Maiden's next album, which will hopefully still...

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Published Date: March 3, 2015
Redmayne joins “Thomas the Tank Engine”

Redmayne joins “Thomas the Tank Engine”

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is lending his voice to a new train in the next “Thomas the Tank Engine” adventure. He will be the voice of Ryan on a “Thomas and Friends” DVD titled “Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure”. The star said he “jumped at the opportunity” to be part of the recording, having grown up with Thomas. The announcement comes days after he picked up the Oscar for best actor for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”. The film will also feature the voices of John Hurt and Jamie Campbell Bower. Source: BBC

TV WATCH

Published Date: March 3, 2015
''Lake Drive Lane'' on ntv

''Lake Drive Lane'' on ntv

New drama serial “Lake Drive Lane” will  air on ntv at 8:15pm tonight.  Scripted by Mezbah Uddin Sumon and directed by Nazrul Islam Raju, the play engages in  the struggles of an upper class family. Shahiduzzaman Selim, Sumaiya Shimu, Apurdbo, Tania, Sweety, Syed Hasan Imam, Sabiha Zaman and others are in the cast.

Published Date: March 3, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

  US actress Gillian Anderson, best known for portraying agent Dana Scully in the TV series “X Files”, is an honorary spokesperson for the Neurofibromatosis Network. Her brother Aaron died from the disease and was diagnosed when Gillian was just a teenager. She also supports Children with Tumours, a UK group devoted to helping children with NF. She is also a member of the board of directors for Artists for a New South Africa and a campaigner for Action for Southern Africa. Anderson is an active member of PETA, and supports animal rights. She also supports tribal rights charity Survival International, leading to her performance in a London stage fundraiser...

Published Date: March 2, 2015
Laila Anjuman Ara and the joys of nature

Laila Anjuman Ara and the joys of nature

If anyone wanted to relax and simply be with nature one had only to go to the “Joy of Nature” exhibit at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD). Laila Anjuman Ara, the artist whose works are on display till March 9, has given her works the harmony of French Impressionistic paintings. One did not...

Published Date: March 2, 2015
Shakib takes on two more

Shakib takes on two more

Dhallywood heartthrob Shakib Khan is going to shoot two new films “Prembaj” and “Lagam” with Apu Biswas, under his production house SK Production. Of the movies, “Prembaj” will be directed by Badiul Alam and “Lagam” by Shamim Ahmed. “Shooting for the films will begin in different locations of Bangladesh and Europe,” Shakib Khan told The...

Published Date: March 2, 2015
Redoan Rony set to bring Ice-cream

Redoan Rony set to bring Ice-cream

National award-winning film director Redoan Rony is working on his new film titled “Ice-cream”. This is second film by Rony after his first film “Chorabali” became a megahit at the box office. Unlike “Chorabali” that boasted a heavyweight cast, “Ice-cream” features new faces in the lead roles. Three youths -- Tushi, Raj and Uday -- will appear for the first time in front of camera. “I want to do something with the newcomers; they are very promising. We are grooming them. They have the potentials to lead the industry in future,” Rony said. The entire “Ice-cream” team will set out for Saint Martin's Island on March 5. The film, being tagged as a...

Published Date: March 2, 2015
''Amazed by Rekha's grace, enthusiasm''… Katrina

''Amazed by Rekha's grace, enthusiasm''… Katrina

Actor Katrina Kaif, who will be seen sharing the screen space with Bollywood's evergreen talent Rekha in upcoming film “Fitoor”, says she is amazed by how graceful the veteran is. Katrina, who is yet to shoot with Rekha, said: “Every time I have met her, I have been amazed by her warmth, her grace and her immense enthusiasm towards life. I am sure we will have a great time filming together and I am looking forward to it.” Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, “Fitoor” also features Aditya Roy Kapur. After debuting in Bollywood in 2003 with “Boom”, Katrina cemented her space in tinsel town by delivering six back-to-back hits in “Namastey London”, “Apne”,...

Published Date: March 2, 2015
Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to Leonard Nimoy, the US actor who immortalised Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series “Star Trek”, who has died aged 83. “I loved Spock,” said Obama, in a statement: “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: March 2, 2015
Adventure Time movie in the works

Adventure Time movie in the works

Entertainment web site Deadline reported that Pendleton Ward's highly successful Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time” is going to Warner Bros for a full length feature film. Chris McKay, one of the executive producers of “The Lego Movie” is co-producing the film. McKay is an experienced hand when it comes to animation at both...

Published Date: March 2, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US fingerstyle guitarist Andy McKee played his first guitar, an Aria nylon string bought by his father, at age 13. Initially underwhelmed by his guitar lessons, McKee began teaching himself how to play. McKee's cousin inspired him to continue learning, taking him out for his 16th birthday to see a guitarist named Preston...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Hailing the season of flower and love

Hailing the season of flower and love

Artistes of Chhayanaut ushered in Spring, the king of all seasons, with song  renditions and dance recitals at its main auditorium on the evening of February 27. Spring was hailed with a solo drut khayal performance set on Raga “Basant” by Chhayanaut Guru Asit Dey. Dey diffused the colours of spring through his rendition. Several...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Rosy Siddiqui: 'I am hopeful of doing more movies with Goutam Ghose'

Rosy Siddiqui: 'I am hopeful of doing more movies with Goutam Ghose'

Versatile actress Rosy Siddiqui has not only proven herself on the silver screen but also has two-and-a-half decades in theatre behind her. The highly talented artiste recently had a chat with The Daily Star, about her professional and personal life. Any new movies for you on the horizon? Rosy: Twenty two years after doing “Padma...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Bapparaj's directorial debut 'Kartuz' hits theatres on March 6

Bapparaj's directorial debut 'Kartuz' hits theatres on March 6

Popular film actor Bapparaj makes his debut as director with "Kartuz". The film will release in over 60 theatres across the country on March 6. “Kartuz” also features late director Chashi Nazrul Islam in the cast. Bapparaj said, “The film is far from the stereotypical Bangla film that audiences are tired of. I would...

TV Watch

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Meghborno Holdey Golpo on ntv

Meghborno Holdey Golpo on ntv

Single episode TV play “Meghborno Holdey Golpo” will air on ntv at 9pm tonight. Written  by Shetu Arif and directed by Sajjad Sonny, the play depicts a triangular love story of Nishad, Lota and Anita. “Meghborno Holdey Golpo” casts Motushi Biswas, Jisan Zaman Niloy, Shehrin Anjum Sajnia and Intekhab Dinar among others.

Published Date: March 1, 2015
“I'm in no rush”

“I'm in no rush”

Actor Lisa Ray may have had a successful acting career with critically-acclaimed films including “Water” (2005) and international TV shows such as “Blood Ties” to her credit, but the 42-year-old says that she has matured as a performer only after she battled cancer six years back. Ray underwent treatment for Multiple Myloma in 2009. The actor says that she's a calmer person now and not in a rush to prove herself.  “To a certain extent, I believe that ever since my treatment got over, I have opened up more, creatively. I am more self-conscious now. I am not in any kind of a rush anymore and I am much more...