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12:00 AM, April 11, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 11, 2016

Monalisa is back!

Renowned model and TV actress Monalisa recently returned after a three-year stay in New York. She is set now to begin shooting again. In a chit chat with The Daily Star, she revealed just how happy she was to return home. Excerpts:

You've been away a long time. Did you miss Bangladesh? 

Monalisa: All the time. I seriously missed my country, my family, friends and the entertainment industry. I missed being in front of the lights and camera.

So what's it like to return home?

Monalisa: I can't put into words just how happy I am. I took a deep breath the moment I arrived at the airport. On the way home from the airport I was so happy to see the familiar sights, and it was very calming.

Will you start acting again?

Monalisa: Definitely, but I will work selectively. I have already had a few offers. I will start shooting for a six-episode play with Mosharraf Karim under the direction of Sagor Jahan from April 16.

Is it difficult to get back in the groove of acting after a long break?

Monalisa: Even if I have forgotten acting, acting hasn't forgotten me (laughs); I guess that's why I am ready to jump into work right away.  

How did you spend your time in US?

Monalisa: I worked as head of programmes on a US-based Bangla channel Time TV. I was an actress and model in this country, but there I worked as a producer. It was actually a good experience to work behind the camera.

Did you get much attention from expatriate Bangladeshis?

Monalisa: A lot. Despite their busy lives, my compatriots were really happy to see me. Many even came to meet me from other states, which was a very rewarding.

Any special plans for Pahela Baishakh?

Monalisa: I missed the festival for three years, so it's a great feeling that I'll be in  Dhaka this time. I will be at a party thrown by production house Telehome, where a number of people from showbiz come together. I will wear a saree, but will keep my makeup light. Besides, I'll have a special meal cooked by my mother. In short,  I will celebrate Bangaliana on Pahela Baishakh.

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