Theatre, TV and film actor Shahiduzzaman Selim is a household name in the country's entertainment industry. He is also a successful TV director. The National Film Award winning actor is now busy shooting several new films and series, besides directing a drama serial.
In a recent conversation, Selim offered The Daily Star a glimpse into his hectic life. Excerpts:
Tell us about the recent drama serial that you have directed?
Selim: “Ek Jhak Mrito Jonaki” explores the busy lives of materialistic urbanites. Its plot really amazes me. Alongside direction, I've acted in the play.
Are you more comfortable with direction or acting?
Selim: I thoroughly enjoy acting. On the other hand, direction is quite a challenge, because one is stressed during the project, particularly if one is acting in it as well. Despite all the hurdles, I love direction. I think directing a production is like a dream coming true.
What is acting to you?
Selim: To me, it's my prayer, obsession, profession and everything. It is my ultimate salvation.
Tell us about your recent works.
Selim: I have done a number of movies: “Bapjaner Bioscope”, “Poddoapatar Jol” and “U-turn”. Shooting for “Poddoapatar Jol” and “U-turn” is over. On the other hand, the shoot for the film “Sultana Bibiana” is underway. Besides, I signed up another movie “Lal Char”, directed by Nader Chowdhury. I am also doing my first film with noted Indian director Goutam Ghose, in the film “Sankhochil”. Shooting for the film will begin at different locations next month. I will play the role of a BGB official in the film.
What are the first things an actor should consider before signing for a contract?
Selim: A good casting and strong plot should be the priority.