Tarin, one of the busiest TV actresses, stepped into the cultural arena as a dancer. She bagged a gold medal as a child artiste on the talent hunt “Natun Kuri.” Her debut performance on the small screen was in one of the most successful drama serials of all times on BTV, “Shangshaptak.” In the serial, she played Rashu, alongside big time names such as Ferdousi Majumder, Humayun Faridee, Subarna Mostafa, Khalil and Raisul Islam Asad.
Tarin was the celebrity guest at last week's DS Café, where the busy artiste arrived early. During an hour-long conversation at the café, she received phone calls from her numerous fans and replied to their queries on different issues. Excerpts:
Musa (from Dhaka): What are you currently busy with? Do you plan to act in movies?
Tarin: Currently I'm busy shooting for a 52-episode serial, titled “Neli-r Hotel.” Recently, we went to Cox's Bazar for the shooting. Bipul Raihan is the director of the serial. Apart from the serial, I'm also working on some single episode plays. About my interest in films, I think every actor wants to act in movies. If I was paired with Aamir Khan or Amitabh Bachchan or if I could time travel, Uttam Kumar, I would walk away with an award -- but that's just a dream!
Niaz (from Uttara, Dhaka): What are your hobbies? I want to be a newscaster. What should I do?
Tarin: I love to travel a lot. Travelling is my hobby. To become a newscaster you first have to audition at the TV channels.
Pijush (from Bajitpur): What are the requirements to become a successful actor?
Tarin: I have to say that dedication is the most important element. You have to have respect for the arts, especially acting. Whatever you do, do it with unconditional devotion.
In between the phone calls The Daily Star (TDS) also asked some question to the actress.
TDS: Who are your favourite co-actors?
Tarin: Frankly speaking, most of my co-stars are equally good, helpful and professional.
TDS: Whose inspiration has been most influential in your life?
Tarin: Clearly it was my mother who had the biggest impact on the way I think and operate as an individual.
TDS: What is your philosophy?
Tarin: Life is beautiful, almost like a flowing river. There are lots of ups and downs but on the whole, it is beautiful.
Arafat (from Narinda, Dhaka): I want to thank you, because you prefer single-episode plays to serials.
Tarin: I do like single-episode plays. It is easier to win the audience's heart through a single-episode play than the unending serials.
TDS: You have acted in numerous plays. Which are your favourites?
Tarin: It is tough to name a few from so many. However, Chayanika Chowdhury's “Maya” and Abul Hayat's “Moddhanho Bhoj Ki Hobey?” won my heart. Imdadul Haque Milon wrote “Maya,” where I enacted a Birangana. Abul Hayat wrote the latter, where I played a Bihari girl from the Geneva Camp. The girl is very much Bangladeshi at heart but she faces obstacles in the society because of her identity.
TDS: What are your opinions on TV plays produced in Dhaka and in Kolkata.
Tarin: In West Bengal, the TV plays are mostly based on literature. While our TV plays are more diverse and experimental. While we get to watch the global TV network with ease, it is strange that in our neighbouring country, our TV channels are not available. The healthy competition seems to be totally absent without rhyme or reason.
TDS: Can you remember plays from the 'golden era' of BTV?
Tarin: I certainly can. Among them, “Jibon Chhobi,” in which I played the role of Nodi -- written and directed by Abdullah Al Mamun -- comes first. The play received much appreciation.
Nasir (from Dhaka): Which team are you supporting in the World Cup Football?
Tarin: Previously I was a supporter of Brazil. You could call me a die-hard Brazil fan. But the recent techniques demonstrated by the Argentine players have won me over. I guess you can call me a 'converted Argentina fan'.
TDS: You played Rashu in the serial “Shangshaptak” as a child artiste. Can you share some experiences from the serial?
Tarin: It was a great experience for me to perform in “Shangs-haptak” alongside the most popular and seasoned TV actors of the day. I learnt a lot from my co-actors. I learnt how one can dedicate one self to acting.
Barshon (from Dhaka): Apart from acting, do you do anything else? Where did you study?
Tarin: At present acting is my sole profession. Once I was involved with dance but couldn't continue. I have completed Masters in Social Welfare from Lalmatia College.
TDS: Does your celebrity status invade your privacy sometimes?
Tarin: If someone takes photos of me without my permission, I feel annoyed, but I wouldn't go on to say that my privacy is invaded. In this case, the easiest way to avoid problems is to have a little conversation. (S)he has to ask me whether I want to be photographed.
Compiled by Shah Alam Shazu