Which year did you participate in Closeup 1?
Muhin: In 2006. I beat thousands of contenders to reach the top ten. It boosted my confidence and gave me the strength to finish as first runner up. I have never had to look back since then.
What was it like during those exciting times?
Muhin: I rushed into the life of a celebrity from being a commoner. I became more responsible towards my music and to the audience, because it was the votes of the viewers that brought me where I am.
Where did you go to perform after your success in the competition?
Muhin: The top ten of our Closeup team travelled to Australia to do live shows. For the first time, I stayed abroad for two weeks to perform. I'll never forget the love the expatriate Bangladeshis showered on us.
Where else have you performed?
Muhin: I've performed on stage in many other countries. I've been to the US, Canada, as well as several European and Middle Eastern countries.
How many stage shows have you done in the country?
Muhin: Many. I don't think there is a district where I have not performed yet.
Which is more enjoyable: stage shows or albums?
Muhin: I'm always doing live shows on TV, or working on an album, or doing playback for movies. But the best feeling is to perform on stage. I get instant response from thousands of people in the crowd. It's a completely different experience.
Since when have you been taking music lessons?
Muhin: Since childhood. My grandfather used to sing. I took my elementary lessons in music from my Chhoto Chacha ( uncle), who is also the person who encouraged me the most. Besides, I've been taking lessons for the past 15 years from Ustad Nur Hamim Rizvi Bir Protik.
You've worked in TV plays as well. Any further plans down that road?
Muhin: Earlier, I acted in a drama just for fun. Now I'm preparing to work in a new drama which will be made under the banner of my own production house Golpo. Lux superstars Rakhi and Mehzabien, as well as Partho Barua will star in the drama. Some other musicians will also act in the play.