Joya Ahsan, one of the biggest names on the television screen is busy with cinema nowadays, and receiving similar resounding accolades on the big screen also. She has won the Best Actress Award at this year's National Film Awards for her outstanding role in "Guerrilla" and her highly anticipated movie "Chorabali" is to be released later this month. Besides working with Shakib Khan in a mainstream Bangla movie, she is also working with a Kolkata movie house and due to be released next year.
The actress recently spoke to The Daily Star (TDS) about her recent work and future plans.
TDS: What do you anticipate will be the audience reaction to â€œChorabaliâ€?
Joya Ahsan: I believe the audience will be treated to a brilliant movie. It's a thriller and audiences are hungry for such films, since there's a lack of a conducive environment and good cinemas. The movie has a twisting plot and is artfully made. Personally, I loved working in the film and hope the audience loves it also.
TDS: How was it like working with your co-artiste Indranil?
Joya Ahsan: Indranil basically comes from Mumbai and works in Kolkata. He is a very professional actor. He loves his work and maintains a professional approach throughout. Despite being a super star, he is extremely humble. While working with Indranil, it never felt like an actor from abroad had come to Bangladesh to perform. He can create a very good chemistry with everyone around him and it was an absolute pleasure working with him.
TDS: Can you tell us something about your character in â€œChorabaliâ€?
Joya Ahsan: I played the role of a daring crime reporter. The journalists play such an important role in our society and I feel that anyone who watches the movie would be inspired by the character.
TDS: You also had to learn how to ride a bike for your role?
Joya Ahsan: Yes, it was quite an adventurous experience. I thought why don't I learn something new? Previously I learned how to ride a horse for a TV play by Nurul Alam Atiq. Although I was scared at first, I still managed to ride! I try not to miss an opportunity to learn something new for my work. That is why I learned to ride a bike for â€œChorabaliâ€.
TDS: This is the first time you've chosen to work in a mainstream movie. What is the reason?
Joya Ahsan: I made the choice because of my love for cinema. I feel that the film industry cannot improve unless mainstream films are good themselves. My commitment as an artiste also prompted me. Artistes are like clay, they can shift shapes and adapt for any challenges they face in any kind of cinema. Working in â€œPurno Doirgho Prem Kahiniâ€ is part of that design.
TDS: What is your character like in â€œPurno Doirgho Prem Kahiniâ€?
Joya Ahsan: The audience will find me as a stereo-typical Bangla movie heroine in the film. The character is born and raised in Malaysia. I believe that the appearance plays a major role in building a character so I designed my own costumes for the movie. This was my personal experiment.
TDS: How was your experience working with Shakib Khan for the first time?
Joya Ahsan: I felt that Shakib Khan is a very professional actor. He loves his work and is a brilliant co-actor. From up close, I saw how serious and sincere he is about his work.
TDS: You've also worked in the movie â€œParle Thhekaâ€ and sang songs for the film?
Joya Ahsan: Yes, that is an upcoming project. We will establish the character as part of the project. I sang two songs, as the character demanded it. It was a leap for me but I did it to help me blend deeper with the character.
TDS: You also did a Kolkata film recently. When will it be released?
Joya Ahsan: The movie is called â€œAbortoâ€. Hopefully it will be released next February.
TDS: What is your reaction to being selected for the National Film Award for â€œGuerrillaâ€?
Joya Ahsan: It's an overwhelming feeling to be recognised on a national level. I am overjoyed and grateful to my audience, but I think the feeling will not sink in completely until I have the award physically in my hands!