Known as the ‘sweet girl’ of Bangladeshi cinema, she is one of the most iconic figures in the industry. Debuting in 1964, the superstar did not have to look back, being an integral part of hits like Sutorang, Moynamoti, Nil Akasher Niche, Shujon Shokhi, Sritituku Thak, Sareng Bou, Bodhu Biday, Rongbaj, Abirbhab and Devdas among many others. On the occasion of her birthday, The Daily Star presents to you an exclusive interview of the evergreen diva.
We wish you many happy returns of the day. Do you have any plans for today?
Thank you to The Daily Star as well. I do not see birthdays differently than any other day, to be honest. Every day is the same to me. What matters to me is work, as I feel people live forever through their work.
Whom do you remember the most on your birthdays?
I miss my parents a lot. Anyone who has lost their parents, knows what it feels like – I always wish they were here to check up on me. When I was little, they are the ones who used to celebrate my birthdays. I also think of my children, as the best times in my life are spent with them.
People know you as the ‘sweet girl’ of Bangladeshi cinema. How do you see this adoration?
I see it very positively, and I am very grateful for the love that the people have given me. My parents are not here today, and one day, I won’t be either. I am, however, happy that through my work, I have given the people something to remember me by. I am also very proud that I was born in Bangladesh. I love my country to the very core, and appreciate everything that it has given me.
You are going to direct a new film. When does the work for that begin?
We will hopefully start shooting for that in August. The film’s title is Ei Tumi Shei Tumi. The script for the film is original, and it will tell the tale of our people, land and heritage. It has been a while since I last directed, so I am taking ample preparations for this.