RAIYAN ABU ZAFAR
cinema (Bollywood) which began silently at the turn of the
last century has over the years made its presence felt in
the world with a loud bang! Crossing borders and riding
across the Arabian Sea it has created ripples even in the
Middle Eastern countries. Indian cinema and artistes have
proved that artistes have no borders and culture is no barrier.
Artistes like Shahrukh Khan are icons in a region where
the Indian culture is totally the opposite of Arab culture.
Even the language is nowhere near to being understood. One
such artiste who has proved that artistes can transcend
borders and culture barriers is Ferdous Ahmed. He has made
the critics of Bangladeshi cinema both home and abroad,
take a back seat. With a Masters in mass communication and
journalism, a trainee pilot Ferdous has given the much-needed
class to Bangladeshi cinema. He was picked up from the ramps
by veteran Bangladeshi dancer, Amir Hossain Babu. A national
award winner with more than 40 films released both in Bangladesh
and West Bengal, India. Ferdous has achieved a commendable
amount of success. "I am working in India successfully.
Earlier they use to think that we are not up to the mark.
I think I have changed that concept. I believe in the near
future a lot more of the new breed of Bangladeshi artistes
will work abroad," Ferdous Ahmed proudly declares during
his tete a tete with Arab news. Modesty and simplicity is
Ferdous' trademark. He uses this combination in selecting
his roles. This is one of the reasons that have gained Ferdous
international popularity in both Bangla and other films
across borders. Not only has Ferdous worked with the famous
director Iqbal Burrani from Indian Cinema (Bollywood) in
Mitti but has been offered a role in Canadian film Floating
Stones. It is expected to start next year. The Pakistani
film industry has also approached him.
Ferdous's films Hatath Brishti, directed by Basu
Chatterjee, is his favourite. His role won him the national
award for best actor and also the 'Vjala Anondodok' award
from Calcutta for the same film.
typical song and aerobic dancing scene shot was being prepared
when I met Ferdous at the Fdc. Asked about the current standing
of Bangladeshi films in the international market and its
present state of affairs Ferdous replied, "It is improving
day by day. We need modern equipment such as cameras and
other instruments. Also the environment of cinema halls
in Bangladesh should be changed so that more families can
come to watch the films." Actors in Pakistan's cinema
world, echo similar complaints. However, Ferdous is hopeful
for the future of Bangladeshi films with young men and women
from educated and 'cultured' families joining the film industry
in Bangladesh. "I think this habit should increase,
only then can our industry improve."
is truly a man of substance as far as the celluloid world
is concerned. His favourite actors include Tom Cruise and
wants to contribute more by doing some 'memorable roles'.
"I want to do selective movies. I also want to direct
and produce more movies in the near future." His latest
release will come out next month, Prem Toto Jala.
Currently his film Bachelor is running successfully
for the seventh consecutive week all over Bangladesh. The
story revolves around four young bachelors. It tells the
story of these young men's plight while trying to make new
girl friends. It is a typical comical reflection of Bangladeshi
youth in an urban environment.
(R) thedailystar.net 2005