Travelling is always fun. It becomes even more thrilling when there is an opportunity to meet some of your favourite TV stars in person. I'm talking about one of the “Meet the Stars Telefilm Contest” events organised by Airtel Buzz, Airtel Bangladesh's Facebook fan page. I've been following Airtel Buzz for a while now; in fact I was at the celebration party marking 10,000 Buzzers in 2011. The page has come a long way since then and has more than a million fans now.
A few days back I got notified about this contest, where five lucky winners were to get a chance to meet the stars of Airtel's upcoming telefilm. They posted a very generic question: “Which Airtel telefilm is your favourite and why?” The only dilemma I faced while answering this was that I kind of liked all of them! But I decided that my favourite one would be the telefilm “@18 All Time Dourer Upor” since it had the perfect dose of fun and an awesome twist, and it made me appreciate my friends more. Luckily, my answer did stand out and I was chosen as one of the winners. I got the opportunity to meet the cast of the new telefilm “Bhalobasha 101” filmed to be broadcast on this Valentine's Day.
Airtel Buzz personnel, who organised the event, took us to the shooting spot in Manikganj with the other winners of the competition on a winter morning. We finally reached the destination and caught the actors mid-shot.
During lunch break, we met one of the lead actors, Mehzabien, along with Safa Kabir, Toya and Emily Jannat, who greeted us. Following a photo session with them, we went for lunch.
We had always heard about the food served at shooting units and we grabbed the chance to taste food from FDC. Lunch got better when the director Redwan Rony joined us.
Finally, as the sun was leaning westward, it was time for us to bid farewell to the cast and crew. We wrapped up the day at Shawarma House, where we grabbed a bite and took some more photos.
All in all, it was a day well spent, and I got the chance to make some new friends, meet the stars and witness how shooting for a film is done. Now I'm eagerly waiting for the telefilm to be aired.
Hasan Imam is an Airtel Buzzer who won the Meet the Stars Telefilm Contest.