Moushumi is one of the most beloved faces in the film industry, and has been ruling Dhalywood with an iron fist for more than 25 years. The celebrated actor is running for President at this year’s Cholochitro Shilpi Samiti Elections. Recently, she caught up with The Daily Star, and talked about her ventures.
You are contesting the elections this year. Tell us about how you feel.
I have participated in the elections earlier. However, I am running for President for the first time. I am overwhelmed with the love I am receiving, and I hope that I can do justice to all the good thoughts by my friends, family and fans.
What are the artistes’ reactions on your participation in the election?
My career in the film industry has spanned more than 25 years. This is where I have spent most of my life, and all of the people around here are my own. They are supporting me a lot. Again, I am grateful for the support.
Rumours previously surfaced that you will withdraw your name from the election. How would you respond to that?
This is completely a rumour. I am calling people for votes, meeting them and doing my shoots at the same time. I am very positive about this, so there is no chance that I am backing off.
Observing all the circumstances, do you expect a fair election?
Every individual linked to the election is expecting a fair one. Let us hope that everything goes well. We have senior actor Ilias Kanchan as the Election Commissioner, and we believe that we will have a fair election under him.
If you win, what are the changes you will make as President?
My first priority as an artiste will be ensuring the rights of all the artistes in the industry. I do not want to reveal everything now, as time will explain the rest.
Have you faced any difficulties while running the election?
I was a bit hurt when some of my peers backed off from the election. They were the ones who brought me into the light, but then, they disappeared. However, I am determined, and I will fight for it until the end. Besides that, I am not alone. Everybody is supporting me, and I will try to make them proud.
Tell us something about your new film, Orjon 71.
Orjon 71 is based on the boundless contributions of the Bangladeshi police force during the Liberation War of 1971. Shatabdi Wadud will be seen as a courageous police officer in the film. I am playing the role of Firoza, his wife. Orjon 71 will be filmed at BFDC, Rajarbagh Police Line and a few other locations in North Bengal.