Ashna Habib Bhabna is an emerging actor in the entertainment industry. She is mostly known for her roles in 'Voyangkor Sundor' and 'Borosha'. Aside from that, she has worked in several TVCs, televisions series and dramas, for which she has received immense praise. In this interview with Rafi Hossain, she talks about her love life, career and future plans.
Rafi Hossain: Welcome to Uncensored with Rafi Hossain. Today, we're here with Bhabna. Bhabna, you're always very open during interviews and your answers are spontaneous. Many artists are usually reluctant to share the details about their lives. Why do you think that is?
Bhabna: Artists sometimes feel that the information they share may be misused. I think that is where the hesitation stems from.
Rafi: You yourself were quite private about your love life in the beginning. Now, you have been openly discussing it in interviews. What changed?
Bhabna: I was waiting to settle down and see how the relationship progresses before I mentioned anything to the public. Moreover, there is a stigma in our industry that once you are in a relationship, you will get fewer job offers. Everyone expects female actors to have a certain image, and being single is a part of it. People constantly assume that I only work with Animesh, when in reality, I haven't worked on any project with him for the past two and half years. People are always looking for things to gossip about.
Rafi: Is there any director that you want to work with?
Bhabna: I have worked with Mostofa Sarwar Farooki on many projects before, and I'd like to continue doing so. I want to work with directors who are creative and have a unique vision.
Rafi: Do you think artists here have an issue auditioning for roles they play?
Bhabna: I, myself, have auditioned for several roles. Every actor in Voyangkor Sundor, including me, had to audition. I have no issues with that as the director may have a certain vision in mind, and I may or may not be a perfect fit for it. For instance, there will be a new movie on Bangabandhu, and actors will want to audition for it as it is a respectable project. But, when it comes to new directors, they don't have the same approach. Acting is our profession, and from that perspective, they should be ready to audition, despite how well established they already are.
Rafi: Do you think directors are more likely to cast their significant others for roles in their movies?
Bhabna: I don't think that's the case. Directors always have a team that they enjoy working with. Even popular directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Satyajit Ray preferred working with a certain group of people. In the end, it's about their comfort zone and chemistry. This doesn't only apply for actors but extend to the rest of the crew as well. For instance, Tisha apu has acted in a lot of movies by Farooki bhai. However, the characters she played were a perfect fit for her. I especially loved her in Doob; it was truly an exceptional film. But, as you will notice, the media focuses on the fact that they are working as a couple, rather than praising her acting skills.
Rafi: I'm sure your fans are eagerly waiting to get more updates on your relationship. Do you plan to get married soon?
Bhabna: I don't know, actually. I do plan to marry him someday, but we don't have any detail planned yet. I am a very romantic person, and I used to dream of destination weddings and an extravagant party. Animesh, on the other hand, is very mature and realistic. I love romantic clichés. I am a huge fan of Karan Johar for the way he portrays love in his movies.
Rafi: What would you do if you ever met Karan Johar?
Bhabna: I would hug him and tell him how big of a fan I am. I would love to work with him. It would be a dream come true. Initially, people were quite judgmental about him as he made romantic movies. Now, he has created various kinds of movies and established himself as one of the best directors in India. He is very successful and everyone wants to work with him. For instance, in Netflix's Lust Stories, he worked alongside three unique directors, and they created an amazing project. We need directors and producers like him in Bangladesh.
Rafi: Do you have anything interesting planned for the near future?
Bhabna: I am writing my third novel right now. Other than that, I want to play new and different characters. I definitely want to work on a film this year as well. I also want to focus on my studies alongside my work.
Rafi: Lastly, do you have any message for our readers?
Bhabna: Something that really bothers me are the negative comments I receive on social media regarding my loved ones. My family forbids me from sharing any of their pictures online because of such comments. But, of course, there also many people who shower me with their love and positivity. I am really grateful for that.