Inching ever so close to its silver jubilee, The Daily Star has just turned 24. In this period, the Arts & Entertainment page has grown from a black and white half-page daily publication to a full page published six days a week and a full-blown two-page centre fold on weekends.
Over the course of nearly two -and- a- half decades, the page has brought readers deep insights into the arts and entertainment scene of Bangladesh. A big part of that credit goes to those working in the field of arts and media, whose work has inspired the content produced on the page. Here's the second installment of the series, where they shared their observations and expectations about the publication.
Ataur Rahman, thespian
I regularly read The Daily Star, and the paper is on par with international standard. But to me Arts & Entertainment page often seem to miss out on priorities to important events.
I think the page should give more coverage to big events, and publish regular updates. Between the elderly and youth, I would rather prefer that young generation gets more priority. I am personally satisfied with the coverage they give me. I would suggest the page give equal priority to established artistes and emerging artistes without taking into consideration any personal requests of big artistes.
Zahid Hasan, actor
I read The Daily Star regularly, as it never fails to live up to my expectations. There was a time when we used to prefer Observer, but now The Daily Star is the one that we look at. As a reader and as an artiste, it is great news for me that it has completed 24 years of its journey. As I am an artiste, I always read the Arts and Entertainment page. My expectation from The Daily Star is they will provide more news about the mainstream media.
Giasuddin Selim, filmmaker
The Daily Star has continued working the way an ideal English daily should do. I hope it will practice the same culture in the future. It is now the country's No. 1 English daily, because it can feel the pulse of the readers, and has put in a sincere effort to provide well-presented news and features. Due to this, the number of its readers has increased gradually. As a filmmaker, I want the Arts and Entertainment page to allocate more content from our field of work.
The Daily Star is one of my favourite newspapers. I really like the presentation because whenever I open the newspaper I find the Arts and Entertainment page in the middle of the paper. I think The Daily is a very neutral paper and it covers other arenas of our culture well, which encourages me to read the paper more.