“I act in front of the mirror every day” – Sunerah Binte Kamal
Sunerah Binte Kamal made a memorable film debut with 'No Dorai', having already made her mark in the industry after winning a National Award for her maiden film. The talented actor has signed her second film, the Dipankar Dipan directorial 'Antorjal'. The film, which also features seasoned actors Siam Ahmed, Bidya Sinha Mim and ABM Shumon, is set to be the first cyber-thriller in Bangladesh. We talk to Sunerah on her thoughts, experience and ambitions.
'Antarjal' is set to be your second film after 'No Dorai'. What inclined you to sign it?
To be honest, this was a great opportunity, and being able to work with someone like Dipankar Dipon on what will be the first cyber-thriller of the country was exciting for me. The film is in association with the ICT ministry, and aims at highlighting the activities and initiatives of the Bangladesh Government's e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-GOV CIRT) in ensuring online security – so it will especially play a part in raising awareness about responsible internet usage.
The film's shooting has started. How is your experience on set?
To be honest, I was quite nervous even the day before the cameras started rolling. However, I am trying my level best to sync with the new situation and character. More importantly, I am honing my own craft to look believable in front of camera.
How do you prepare for a role? Do you have any trade secrets?
Honestly, I work as hard as I can to be better than I was the previous day. I have taken acting classes and workshops and am trying to learn method acting. I even act in front of my mirror every day to make sure that I have my expressions right! This is especially important, as the worst thing that an actor can do is become camera conscious. As an actor, you have to unlearn many behaviours that might make you look awkward on screen, so I have also tried to do that.
Tell us about your role in "Antarjal".
I play the role of a BUET student named Priyam, who specializes in robotics. Being very interested in coding myself, I am particularly drawn towards this role, which is challenging for me. I can't divulge more information about the script, but I will say that it really excites me as an actor.
You have won the National Award in your very first film. Is there something you want to achieve in your career?
I am grateful have won the award, it means a lot to me. Down the line, I want people to recognise me as a good actor – that's all I hope as someone who is working hard on her skills.