Having started her media career in 1972, veteran actor Lucky Enam has accomplished laudable performances in radio, television and theatre for many years. She has also showcased her creative talent as a theatre director and founded the theatre group called Nagorik Nattyangon along with her husband Enamul Haque. Enam believes the new generation of actors in the theatre arena is a strong bunch, and is excited to work with them. She celebrates her birthday today. The Daily Star catches up with the powerful actor on the special occasion.
What are your plans for today?
Frankly speaking, I don't make any plans for my birthday. However, my family always wants to do something special for me. My kids and grandkids are particularly enthusiastic. They wish me at one minute past midnight. Members of Nagorik Nattyangon also arrange a programme at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to mark my birthday.
What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned throughout your life?
I have been blessed with quite an extraordinary life. If there is anything I have learnt, it is to lead life with simplicity. There aren't many things that I want from life. On my birthday, I wish for my family and my theatre group to stay happy and healthy.
How do you feel when you look back on your remarkable work in the field of television?
I joined the industry in what we can describe as the golden era of television. I feel honoured to be a part of so many quality projects. It was a wonderful time of my career and I miss working in television programmes.
Would you like to talk about any of your regrets?
I don't have any regrets. I treat my occupation with an immense amount of love and regard and I am grateful for my accomplishments.
What do you like and dislike about the acting occupation?
I hardly dislike anything about it. My family supported the actor in me from the start. So, that made the path really easy for me.
What are your observations on the state of the theatre industry – particularly when you compare Bangladesh's theatre industry to that of Kolkata?
At one point, our industry was not as accomplished as that of Kolkata. But I think things have now changed and the theatre scene of Bangladesh has widely progressed. The casts and crews of our theatre troupes are remarkably hard working. People began to attend our theatre productions once Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman inaugurated Shilpakala Academy in 1974. We have come a long way since then.