Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, an internationally known-filmmaker for his simple, yet touching stories, is ably partnered by his wife Nusrat Imroz Tisha, who herself has won millions of hearts through her acting. In a casual chit-chat with The Daily Star, Farooki and Tisha talked about matters of the heart. Excerpts:
How do you define love?
Farooki: There many kinds of love. Each person has their own definition of the emotion. To me, love defines as a feeling for someone from the depths of my heart. Also, I feel good making my beloved happy and she feels the same for me. She is beside me in both my happy and bad moments. Such a relationship is love in its truest sense.
Tisha: Love is like a perfect cup of tea, where you find the right balance of tea leaves, milk and sugar. It is a mixed feeling of anger, tears, joy, ecstasy and agony.
What is the emotion opposite of love?
Tisha: Definitely hatred. Only love can prevail against this emotion.
What's your plan for this Valentine's Day?
Farooki: Normally, we have no special programmes for this day. However, both of us will be present as guests at a programme titled “Ekonei Dotcom”. Before getting married, I used to give Tisha a bouquet of flowers, a practice that continues. I don't have any special sentiment about Valentine's Day, as I am blessed with love the entire year.
Tisha: Same for me. We are still as busy with our projects as we were before our marriage. To me, each and every day is Valentine's Day. Sarwar always loves receiving gifts from me whether on Valentine's Day, birthdays or anniversaries. But he does not believe in reciprocating.
Where did you go on your first trip after marriage?
Farooki: Bangkok. However, we could not stay away for any length of time as both our families missed Tisha a great deal. They used to repeatedly phone me, compelling us to return quickly.
Tisha: We became very busy with our assignments immediately after we married. We were lucky that we managed seven days in Bangkok.
What movie have you watched together recently?
Farooki: “Television”. We watched it at the Busan Film Festival.
Who first confessed of their feelings in the relationship?
Tisha: It's a very funny story. He actually directly proposed me for marriage, and caught me completely off-guard. We were shooting outside Dhaka. Sarwar usually never comes to call artistes for their shot personally, but he came and called me. As we were walking to the set, he suddenly, and in a very matter-of-fact way, asked if I would marry him. It took me about ten seconds to absorb that shock, but then I said “I have no problem”.
How would you describe each other?
Farooki: Tisha is very cool, caring and soft-hearted woman. I think one negative side of hers is that she is very indifferent about herself.
Tisha: As a director, he painstakingly briefs his cast about their characters. He handles everyone easily on the set. He is a great husband, too.