Screenwriter and director Animesh Aich has many notable projects to his credit. He has also impressed the audience with his acting talent. The artiste will be seen in the role of Ranu's husband, Anis, in the much-anticipated film, 'Debi', which is set to hit theatres tomorrow. Aich looks to celebrate Durga Puja alongside the release of the film.
How did you come about the script of Debi?
I was brought into the film on a really short notice. A day or two before the shooting of Debi started, I received a phone call from Jaya Ahsan. She and director Anam Biswas asked me to be a part of the film. I was quite nervous about playing the role of Ranu's husband. There is a sense of immense responsibility that comes with being a part of the film adaptation of a Humayun Ahmed novel, one that I was not ready for. But Jaya Ahsan really believed in my abilities.
Tell us about the first scene that you shot for Debi.
I had a haircut and I shaved off my beard before the first day of shooting. I made no preparations as such for the first scene, but everything went pretty smoothly and it was a good experience.
Anis is a recurring character in Humayun Ahmed's novels. How do you feel about playing this role in Debi?
Anis is a very special character for me. He is an ordinary and sincere man from a middle-class family.
How would you describe your relationship with Humayun Ahmed?
I have a lot of respect for Humayun Ahmed. He was a great source of encouragement in my life. His novel, Misir Alir Choshma, had a huge influence on me. I have made three television projects based on the character of Misir Ali and it is a great honour for me to be a part of Debi, in which Misir Ali is the central character.
What are some of your happiest memories of Durga Puja?
My happiest memories are those of the Puja festivities in Ramkrishna Mission. Two employees from my father's office would take me there.
What are your plans for Durga Puja this time?
I am spending Puja in Dhaka and I like taking a look around the festivities in the city.