Beauteous diva Shakila Zafar launched headlong into her successful singing career in BTV programme “Jodi Kichu Mone Na Koren” with her first song “Tare bolbo amar moner kotha” in 1983. There she performed an astrology-based song “Tula Rashir Meye”, which fetched her instant fame.
The Daily Star spoke to Shakila about her career, and more.
Your first song was themed on astrology. Do you believe in it?
Shakila: I am not a typical astrology fan. Sometimes, when things go in line with an astrological prediction I believe in it, but not always.
What kind of work are you focusing on currently?
Shakila: I am very busy with my stage performances rather than recordings. Recently, I have done quite a few stage programmes abroad.
With your talent and glamour quotient, you could have chosen any other discipline in the media. Why only singing?
Shakila: I personally believe that everyone has innate abilities. I couldn't have been an actress, model or dancer; only a singer. Moreover, when I set out to learn music, I never thought I would in fact make a career of it. It was the encouragement and support of my husband and in-laws that brought me where I am today. And of course the Almighty's blessing.
What, in your opinion, is one important, but often-overlooked attribute?
Shakila: I think physical fitness is a must. This applies across the board, whether one is an actor, singer or anyone. We must stick to healthy food instead of gorging on unhealthy food.
What is the secret of your lively performances?
Shakila: I always try to feel the pulse of the audience, and sing what they want to listen to. I regard audiences as my guests; I warmly welcome and interact with them. I also explain the lyrics of my songs and take care to get their reactions.
Any memorable story you'd like to share with readers?
Shakila: I had gone out for dinner with my aunt, when I came across noted singer Ferdousi Rahman. As usual, I hugged her and warmly appreciated her sari. Next morning, I received the sari as a gift from her. It was a very emotional moment for me. The sari is not a mere gift; it is a treasure for me and I will cherish this memory all my life.