Actors are like missionaries … Azad Abul Kalam
Azad Abul Kalam, is not merely a popular actor but also a writer and director. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, he talked about if the next generation should make a full time career of stage acting:
In Azad's words: “Struggle had become the norm and in Bangladesh it is rather difficult for a person to make a permanent career of stage acting. Here, the actors and actresses are like missionaries who come for a certain task and leave, after having preached a certain message. It is rare for a person to last long in this profession. Only those very passionate about their careers can reach a certain level and gain respect. Having said that, it would be sheer stupidity to be focused on stage performances. Working as a stage performer in Bangladesh cannot be one's bread and butter.
“However, an actor should thoroughly enjoy his work. It should be kept in mind that contemporary theatre is likely to have the greatest appeal for future generations. A person interested in theatre should believe in themselves. Only then can they do better, thus attaining respect and position in our society.”