Social responsibility should not be about publicity - Shakib Khan
The heartthrob of Bangladesh's silver screen, Shakib Khan is the busiest and highest-paid film star of the present time. He was also the president of Chalachitra Shilpi Samiti. Amid his tight shooting schedule, the National Film Award-winning actor took time out to talk to The Daily Star about Ramadan, iftar, Eid shopping, cooking and his recent work. Excerpts:
Do you manage to have iftar at home throughout Ramadan?
Shakib: During shooting, iftar is usually on set. But whenever I am home, I make sure to eat iftar prepared by mother at home.
Where will you celebrate this Eid?
Shakib: I'm very excited that I will stay in Dhaka this time and celebrate it with my family, because I had to stay abroad for shooting for the last few years during the time. Returning from Eidgah, I will have a big meal prepared by my mother, and then hang out with my close friends at home.
Is there a food item without which your Eid is incomplete?
Shakib: It's a dessert made of coconut, sugar and milk. My mother makes it.
What is your attire of choice on Eid?
Shakib: Panjabi and salwar.
Are you done with your Eid shopping?
Shakib: To be honest, I can't manage time for this due to my shooting schedule. Apart from this, I avoid shopping here, because a big crowd gathers at the mall every time I am there. I have already done my shopping from abroad. My mother and sister usually shop for other family members.
What was Eid like during your childhood?
Shakib: I have fond memories of Eid from my childhood. The feeling of wearing new clothes, having different delicacies prepared by mother and hanging out with friends are unmatched.
Tell us about your films releasing this Eid.
Shakib: My films “Shikari” and “Samrat” are scheduled to release this Eid.
How was the experience of working with Tollywood's Srabanti in “Shikari”?
Shakib: Both as an actress and a person, she is wonderful. As the film was shot in Kolakata and London, I gathered a lot of experience. I hope the audience will receive our on-screen pairing warmly.
What's going on with your other project “Bossgiri”?
Shakib: It is yet to complete. I will leave for Bangkok for filming a song of the film on the night of Eid.
What do you think celebrities' social responsibilities?
Shakib: I always try my best to do something from my position to anyone who needs help, not just during Eid but all year round. But I don't want to make it public. Social responsibility should not be about publicity.