Acclaimed director and thespian Syed Salahuddin Zaki’s first film Ghuddi (1980) bagged two national film awards in the categories of best dialogue and best choreography at the 6th National Film Awards. He also has been actively involved with theatre, with his troupe Dhaka Theatre, for the last 50 years. After 40 years of his first release, the director’s upcoming venture Krantikaal is set to release soon. Gearing up for this production, the artiste talks about his expectations from the film and more.
When do you plan to start shooting for your new film?
Preparations are underway, and we are hoping to start shooting this April. Currently, we are working to finalise the cast. Setting up a crew team for the film is also an important part of the whole process, as it takes a lot of work and time.
Tell us a bit about ‘Krantikaal’. Is it a sequel to ‘Ghuddi’?
Not at all. It is a new film with a new story. I prefer to portray a certain time frame and I believe that each time span narrates their own story. The film is based on the present period, featuring the stories and characters of current times.
It took a while for you to make another film, even though your first one was very well received by the audience.Why so?
I am not a filmmaker by profession. My primary field is theatre, and thus, I have dedicated a significant time of my life to my troupe Dhaka Theatre. In my career, I have written many scripts and also directed tele-fictions. After 40 years of my first film, I realised that it was time I start working on my second.
There are rumours about you casting debutants for ‘Krantikaal’. Is it true?
The rumours are absolutely correct! Fresh faces will be seen in the lead roles in Krantikaal. However, I also plan on featuring noted senior actors such as Suborna Mustafa, Afzal Hossain and Raisul Islam Asad, depending on the requirements of the script.