Winning over the audience, one smile at a time
Tanjim Saiyara Totini, with her potential, could be one of the busiest actresses of her time. However, she prefers being selective about her works. From her journey of "Kolpona" to "Shuhashini", her memorable smile leaves a mark on the audience's hearts.
The young actress, who is still a student of North South University, stands in front of The Daily Star's camera for an exclusive shoot.
Recently, you posted pictures when you travelled to India. How was your tour?
I went to Darjeeling with friends, during our semester break. It was an amazing tour. When we complete our graduation, we will be busier than ever. If we don't enjoy these moments with friends now, then when?
You will be seen on the silver screen very soon with the film "Jaya Aar Sharmin". What other projects did you work on?
I recently worked in Rubel Anush's "Newmarket", and puja special fiction "Sharod Prate" directed by Chayanika Chowdhury. I am receiving positive responses for both projects. As for "Jaya Aar Sharmin", I worked on this project before we shot "Kolpona", an episode from "Ei Muhurte". To me, the medium is irrelevant, I just want to learn at this stage of my career.
Within a small span of time, you have earned much love from the audience. Do you have any secrets to share?
Acceptance matters a lot, and I think I am fortunate enough that people have showered me with so much love within such a short time. Also, Aryan Bhai told me an interesting fact – my facial features are a personification of Bengal itself (giggles).
What are you currently busy with?
I am actually towards the end of my graduation, and at this time, I am trying to focus more on my education. Besides I am doing some photoshoots and in talks with some television projects. I have to think a lot before taking up any web project, because it needs concentration and time. After completing graduation, I will be able to take up more OTT projects.
Before appearing on Mizanur Rahman Aryan's "Shuhashini"( girl with pretty smile), did your friends give you that title?
My friends started calling me 'Shuhashini' after the fiction was released.
Is it true that you agreed to do a small role in "Taqdeer", just because Chanchal Chowdhury will be playing the protagonist in it?
Yes, it is true, and honestly, working with the entire team (Film Noir) was a great experience. Working in the same project with Chanchal Chowdhury, who is my inspiration and sharing the screens with Manoj Pramanik is something I can brag about.
If you were to share one thing you like and one you dislike the most about yourself, what would it be?
People say that I am humble and kind. At the same time, I really like cats and dogs—This is one of those features which one should have, I believe.
One thing I do not like about myself is that at times, I feel extremely insecure, which I know I shouldn't and I should be more confident.
How do you manage the transition of getting in and out from one character to another?
It is really tough. I still remember after completing "Kolpona", I was struggling to get out of the shooting atmosphere and the character I portrayed. Even today, whenever I feel extremely low, I feel that character.