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12:00 AM, September 29, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 29, 2008

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Delving deep into the world of acting


Tanvin Sweety describes herself as a human being who is an actress on screen but a very simple and emotional girl off screen. She grew up in a big happy family of seven sisters and two brothers. Playing dolls with her sisters and running around in the open fields with her siblings are some of her first and fondest memories of childhood. Today she is the very successful small screen actress.
Sweety did not emerge on the scene as an actress initially. As a matter of fact she was among that generation of models who bought a complete roundabout change to the advertising scene in Bangladesh. She began her modelling career with Afzal Hossain's Diamond Brand in 1991. "I was interested in modelling and went with a friend of mine for the screen test. Within a week I was called for the shoot. But I was so nervous and uncomfortable in front of the camera that it took me 12 takes to give my first shot." However, later when she saw herself on TV she couldn't believe it was the same girl.
After that first commercial Sweety understood she needed grooming and went to a grooming school. Later on, Afzal Hossain's advice she also enrolled herself in the 'theatre school' in Baily Road.
These days Sweety hardly takes modelling assignments. She says in explanation, "I cannot concentrate and give my best to two things at the same time. I had my share of fame for modelling and thought it was time to broaden my horizons. In acting I have to play out the character of so many different people; in modelling the scope was limited during our times: we had to be beautiful well groomed women just showcasing a product."
Sweety requests the people of Bangladesh all around the globe to watch Bangladeshi channels more than ever before. "We have great entertainment on our channels; why should we watch foreign channels when they don't even air our channels in their country? This is also a form of patriotism," she concludes.

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