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12:00 AM, December 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 20, 2018

Shimul Yousuf on making 'Putra'

Having been affiliated with Dhaka Theatre since 1974, renowned thespian Shimul Yousuf has been a cultural icon since the pioneering years of Bangladesh's theatre scene, with a multitude of successful ventures to her credit. She is the director behind Dhaka Theatre's production of Selim Al Deen's play, 'Putra', which will be staged tomorrow and the day after at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 7 pm. The artiste opens up about directing the play, her journey in the theatre arena and more.

How did you come up with the concept of bringing Selim Al Deen's Putra to the stage?

Putra is one of the many gifts that Selim Al Deen left behind for the lovers of Bangla literature. Bearing that in mind, we have tried our best to keep the essence and tone of the story alive in our production of the play. We have made this play with utmost sincerity. Besides taking on the director's role, I have worked on the music of the production as well.

When did you begin the preparations and the rehearsals for the production?

We began making plans for it from quite early on. Primary preparations were completed by October and our rehearsals took off from November and now, we are set to stage the play in December.

Can you share anything with us about the story of Putra?

I will not reveal too much about the play. All I can say is that Putra is an emotional narrative that I think the audience will connect with.

How was the experience of teaming up with the cast and crew of the play?

I am happy to be teaming up with my daughter, Esha Yousuf, who is acting in the play. I am also grateful to Dali Al Mamun for his brilliant set design. The whole cast and crew of Putra is nothing short of a family to me. I have loved every day of working with them and I hope that people like our work.

How would you describe the journey from Dhaboman to Putra?

Dhaboman was my first play as a director, so, it is immensely special to me. As a director, you have many responsibilities to take on and you have to be really thorough and careful with your work. It has been an incredible journey for me in theatre so far and I have learned many lessons along the way. But I would say that the most satisfying aspect of directing is when your work is well received by the audience.

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