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12:00 AM, March 18, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 18, 2012

Leading Lady

one-on-one with Sumaiya Shimu

Over a decade since she first stepped into the media, Sumaiya Shimu has slowly built a niche as one of the leading actresses of her time. In the course of her journey, Sumaiya has won much admiration and she says that it is the love of the viewers that fuel her for the path ahead. All her dreams are built on acting and she wishes to do nothing else. Sumaiya Shimu recently talked to The Daily Star about her humming career and more…
What would you cite as your achievements during your decade long presence in the media?
The biggest plus will be the love of the people. Wherever I go, people express their admiration for my work. What more can one expect? Particularly when my parents talk proudly about me, it gives me a different kind of joy. It is very strange how I got all this in such little time. I don't have any major failures or regrets. I'm happy with my career, as I've earned everything through my work in the media.
What are your expectations now?
I don't have too many aspirations. I'm happy with what I get. I believe in the ideal of patience in everything I do. Luck favours many. But, I'm not one of the lucky ones. I had to work hard for what I attained. Right now I want to keep up my good work. Being a star, do you miss anything? Shimu: I do miss the old times. I cannot just stand on the footpath and have some fuchka or go for shopping at will. I cannot roam around with my siblings or cousins like I used to before.
Where did you spend your childhood?
As I am from Norail, I spent part of my childhood days there. Other than that, I spent most of the time in Dhaka and Khulna. My father was a government employee, so we had to move from place to place.
What TV plays are you doing right now?
I'm doing several one-hour-dramas. Besides I'm working on a single serial at the moment Sajjad Sumon's “Dokkhinayoner Din” which is based on Shawkat Ali's novel “Troee” and will be aired on ntv. I play the role of Rakhi. So far, Rakhi seems like an interesting character, giving me plenty of scope to emote. I'm enjoying the work.
Tell us something about the drama “Shwopnochura”.
I've performed in several plays. But none has been as popular as “Shwopnochura”. From children of five years to septuagenarians, everyone appreciated my work in the drama. It was directed by Fazlur Rahman and aired by Banglavision.
What other dramas brought you fame?
“Lolita”, which recently finished its airing. After “Shwopnochura”, “Lolita” was my most popular work. Wherever I went while the drama was being aired, people used to call me Lolita. Even now, when I go to any village for shooting, people call me by the name. This makes me realise how popular the drama was.
When do you plan to tie the wedding knot?
I've left it on luck. All I can say is that I want someone who is appreciative of my work and understanding. But I won't do anything secretly. Whenever I decide to marry, everyone will know.

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