Director and playwright rolled into one
Animesh Aich is one of the most successful directors and playwrights of our times. So what is the secret behind Animesh's wide recognition? What does it take for the perfect shot? Here is Animesh Aich's response to these questions and many more.
You seem to be constantly on your toes. What keeps you so busy?
“Either I am directing, writing a new play or working on a new idea -- everyday it's the same routine”.
Of late, ntv has been airing your TV play “Manush Bodol,” -- which has generated a good response. What is the play all about?
“Manush Bodol revolves around two individuals, Mujib and Wares, who look alike (Abul Hayat plays a double role) but from completely different backgrounds. Waresis a successful and affluent novelist, while Mujib makes his living as a typist, confronting extreme hardship every day.
“A person might change his appearance, his lifestyle, or might even pretend to be some one else but no matter what he does, he is always the same person inside, I have tried to convey this message through the play.”
What are your upcoming projects?
“I am a working on a 13-episode serial for BTV, the shooting for which is scheduled to begin from July.”
It is rumored that you like to act as well. You have acted in the film “Runway” by Amit Ashraf. What is your take on this?
“Well sometimes I do act for my own satisfaction, but I am mainly a director.”
Was it your early involvement with theatre, which inspired you to become a director and playwright?
“When I was a student I was with an organisation called Jolchhobi. Among the members of the group were Giasuddin Selim, Mustafa Sarwar Farooki, Nurul Alam Atik and late Tarek Shahriar, who later became big names in the media. Back in those days I had the opportunity to sit down in regular adda sessions with them and share our thoughts and ideas, which was helpful indeed.
How many plays have you written and directed so far?
“So far I have penned nearly 70 TV plays. The last one was a drama serial named “Parapar” for Aronno Sarwar. I have directed for nearly 40 plays,”
Ever thought about directing films?
“May be if there is an ideal environment for cinema, I might think of making a movie.”
Tell us about the current TV play scenario.
“In the not so distant past, directors and the actresses used to spend sleepless nights before a production went on air, because back then there was a certain commitment to their work However, these days commercial values have taken over the industry; new directors/ playwrights and actresses are mushrooming out of the blue, and many TV channels are even airing their works.
“For directors the quality of the production should be more important than quantity. It takes a lot more than a crew, a camera and actresses to make for a successful production.”