With the steady decline in the number of active movie theatres over the years, the number of films being produced also took a nosedive over the years. However, film stars have managed to keep themselves busy, venturing into an array of sectors within the entertainment industry. While some of them are busy acting in tele-fictions, others are exploring the world of television commercials. However, one major creative outlet that is gaining momentum with film stars is live stage performances.
In recent months, film actress Popy has been performing in stage shows quite regularly. Just a few days ago, she returned from a live performance in Tangail. “I believe stage performances give the audience opportunities to experience their favourite stars live and also entertain them thoroughly.” said Popy.
On the other hand, popular silver screen face Purnima has been away from films for some time but regularly performs on stage, apart from acting in commercials and television dramas. She recently performed at a show in Narsingdi. She is also reportedly returning to the silver screen with two movies, which she is filming this year.
Shakib Khan, arguably Bangladesh’s biggest film star, is busy throughout the year with both movies as well as live performances, at home and abroad. Similarly, actor Ferdous is also busy shooting for his films and doing stage performances, especially in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, where majority of his fanbase lies.
Actress and model, Bidya Sinha Saha Mim has been keeping up with a packed schedule of filming and performing live as well. She performs on stage regularly both in Bangladesh and abroad. She recently returned from Bogura after a successful stage performance.
For many actors in Bangladesh, it has become difficult to find enough work in films to sustain themselves financially, but according to a confidential source, their demand remains high for stage performances amongst Bengali audiences all year round.