Mejbaur Rahman Sumon completed his academic education at Charukola (Institute of Fine Arts, DU) and started his career as a director. Many of his television production got much popularity very recently. Star Showbiz caught up with him at his office to know his life and work.
1. What inspired you to become a director?
I grew a habit of drawing from very early age. The profession of direction did not start very smoothly for me. Years of attachment in the related field brought me in the direction. Earlier, I used to listen to songs, especially to Sumon Chattapaddhay, and learned guitar. In fact, I had no plan that I would be a director. Later, I grew a philosophy that I need to be a 'jack of all trades, master of none'. I think my academic education at Charukola (Institute of Fine Arts) played a role here.
2. What was your first direction as a director?
It was in the year 2000 that I with some of my friends like Shobboshachi, Masud Hasan Ujjal and others made an animation movie named 'Gopal Bhar'. But my own production began with 'Ami Arupar Kache Jachhi' in 2006. Later on, I worked on several television productions which was aired on different television channels.
3. Who are your favorite directors and actors of all time?
My first movie experience began with 'Ojantrik' by Hrithik Ghatak. Although, I watched Satyajit Ray very late, I am highly inspired by him. Besides, Bruce Lee was my teenage life hero who made me think. I saw the work of Quentin Jerome Tarantino and Andrei Tarkovosky with much wonder. Alejandro González Iñárritu is also my favorite.
4. Who have you enjoyed working the most?
I have worked with very limited artist in my production until now. In fact, my numbers of productions are limited to 19 all together. Besides, I don't go for very famous artists for my production rather I choose less famous artists. In this perspective, I can name Jaya Ahsan only who I work with the most. She is not only a artist to me, but also a team member of my production.
5. Do you have any embarrassing memory as a director? Did you ever make a mess of things?
Ummm, I am very organized in my work. In fact, I am organized even to my petty works. Therefore, I never messed up with anything in life.
6. What are some of your observation on our movie industry?
I think it is very difficult to establish a new trend here. People are very attached to the old form of storytelling. It is because we have not developed enough from our old trend that flourished in the sixty of seventy decades. We have a backward move, I guess. Instead of developing our presentation and style of films unlike other neighboring countries, we have failed to present new things before the audience. We have limitations in script and representing them. Moreover, our stories are not related to our realities of life or experience rather taken from Indian films very often.
7. In your opinion, what are the most important things missing from overall media today?
I think we lack sensible and educated producer who can undertake newer forms of stories and produce them. Besides, we have many other things missing here. We could do a lot better if we had some facilities in our technical aspect of production. I think we need a reform in the Film Development Corporation (FDC). Digitization, shooting set with modern facilities, digital camera, proper editing panel and sound devices are very urgent in the FDC today.
8. Television directors are often seen trying their hand at making movies. Do you think television direction is a starting point to get to movies?
No, I don't think so. It is a fact that we have no film and media institute here for which reason people are going for television production first. I think direction is something acquired not experienced through television production. Therefore, anyone producing television productions might succeed at movie making until and unless he imbibe the art of direction in him.
9. What would be your word of advice for those who want to enter the world of making television dramas?
I am not experienced enough to advice people. But I would expect that people who are willing to make television dramas would maintain some uniqueness in storytelling. Representing the culture and lifestyle of Bangladeshi people, everyday stories of people living here and expressing our tradition and heritage is important through production.
10. You are not making any television fiction for so long. What are the causes behind this absence from production?
It is true that I am not making television production for so long. Actually, I am preparing myself for a good move. I am looking forward to making fiction with new kind of stories which will satisfy my own impulse rather than satisfying the producers. As you know that, it is very difficult to find any producer for creative work here. Therefore, I am preparing myself with everything so that I can make a good production. In the meantime, I am making television commercials. For those who think I am spoiling my talent making television production, I would humbly say that I am not. Believe in me and stay connected. I will come back with good production.