Freedom fighter and cultural personality Syed Hasan Imam began his acting career in 1961. His first theatrical release was the film, Dharapat. Acting on television for over 50 years, Hasan Imam is also a dedicated theatre artiste. Over the years, he has won several prestigious awards, including the Ekushey Padak (1999), Independence Award (2016) and Bangladesh National Film Award for Lifetime Achievement (2014), among others. Today marks the artiste's 86th birth anniversary. On a candid chat with The Daily Star, the actor looks back on his life.
Wishing you a very happy birthday. How are you spending the day?
I have been staying at home since the beginning of the pandemic. I am spending this day at home, receiving phone calls and messages from my well-wishers. My son is in Washington, my younger daughter is in Toronto and my eldest daughter is in Dhaka. All three of them wished me over the phone at midnight. I feel blessed to receive so much love from everyone.
What are some of the important lessons you have learned over the years?
I have learned that nothing is more beautiful and purer than being alive. I have led quite an amazing life, with many memorable experiences. I always try to stay positive.
Do you remember the first time you went to the BFDC?
I remember the day vividly. The main gate was on the other side back then. There was a canal inside the BFDC and we had to cross a bridge over it. I first went there to shoot the film, Dharapat. Most of the people that I worked with back then are no more. At this age, I look back on those days fondly.
Do you enjoy watching your own work?
I have been revisiting many of my old telefilms and films these days, and I enjoy the experience. I recently watched Rokto Korobi, a show that I did for BTV, again.
Do you have any special wishes on your birthday?
I wish for a world with no conflict. Our youngsters should never forget the ideals of our brave freedom fighters. We all need to be there for each other, in these tough times.