Sajal, a popular face on the small screen, has made headway in the celluloid world as well. The shooting for his new movie wrapped up recently. In a recent conversation, the talented actor spoke to The Daily Star about his tryst with films and TV dramas.
Tell us about your debut film.
Sajal: The shooting for “Runout”, directed by Tanmoy Tansen, is over. I also finished dubbing for the film. It is likely to be released after Eid, although it depends on the producer. I play a very ordinary teenage boy who accidentally enters the crime world. Later, he can't extricate himself from the underworld. In a nutshell, it is a movie on contemporary issues.
Where was the film shot, and how was the experience?
Sajal: Chittagong, Bandarban, Rangamati, Cox's Bazar, Gazipur, Manikganj and Dhaka. It took me a very busy year to prepare for the role. I had to lose 4 kgs to look like a young boy. I also learnt fighting and dancing for the role.
What are your celluloid ambitions?
Sajal: I would like to work regularly in cinema, but maybe not more than two or three movies a year. However, it all depends on getting a good filmmaker and script.
Who are your favourite film artistes in the country?
Sajal: Razzak, Babita, Moushumi, late Zafar Iqbal and Salman Shah.
Have you signed up for any new work recently?
Sajal: I have signed up for one recently, and another is underway. Within a few days, I can let my fans know of the details of the project.
Any memorable shooting experience on the “Runout” sets?
Sajal: There was a shot of a torture scene where I was thrown into a tub of water with my hands and legs tied up. At that time, I became very weak as I could not breathe. However, no one on set could realise the depth of my discomfort until after the shot, when I told the entire unit.
Will your TV audiences be deprived if you get too busy with films?
Sajal: Never. I have reached my current position and am a known name only because of this medium. I'm not leaving television.