National Film Awards 2016

I go for challenging characters: Selim

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:05, Apr 12,2018


Shahiduzzaman Selim

Popular actor Shahiduzzman Selim has won the National Film Award in villain category for enacting Ramjan in Tauquir Ahmed’s film Ogyatonama (2016).

This is his second National Film Award. Earlier, he won the award in the same category for his performance as a godfather in Redoan Rony’s Chorabali (2012).

In an interview with New Age, Selim talked about his film career, current endeavours and more.

‘I’m happy to win the award for the second time. Though in both occasions, I won the award in villain category, it does not mean that I have fascination for negative characters in films. I always prefer to act in challenging characters in films, teleplays and even in theatre,’ Selim said.

‘Well, in case of film, directors picked me mostly in negative roles. But, I also got plaudit acting in protagonist character in National Film Award winning film Meghamallar,’ he added.

He said he had played villain in Shahriar Nazim Joy’s upcoming film Arpita and would play negative character in Joy’s another film Paapkahini.

‘Shooting of Paapkahini will begin from May 1. In the film I will play the role of a notorious producer,’ said Selim, adding that he would continue acting simultaneously in film, TV productions and theatre.

Talking about the current trend of film industry, Selim said he was not happy with the current trend of joint venture films. ‘Films with typical stories and presentations are being produced in the name of joint venture films, which cannot attract middle-class at the cinemas. Well, some talented young filmmakers are coming in the industry, which is a positive sign. But, the producers are counting loss for faulty exhibition and distribution system,’ Selim evaluated.

‘The government should expand its patronage to films as done in other countries of the world,’ he said.

Starting his career in theatre in 1979, Selim emerged as a teleplay actor through Jonaki Jole in 1989. Since his emerge in feature film through Nasiruddin Yousuff’s Ekatturer Jishu in 1993, so far he has acted in 15 films.

Besides acting in a number of teleplays and drama series, Selim is directing teleplays and drama series. ‘My two teleplays including Shwapad and Lakkho Surjer Raat were screened last month on two channels,’ Selim said.

But, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the current trend of TV productions. ‘TV channels and some agencies are forcing the directors and artistes to make teleplays and series imitating foreign productions. The industry would collapse unless a policy is framed embracing current realities,’ he suggested.

Selim also informed that he was regularly acing in Dhaka Theatre’s production Dhaboman. Shows of another Dhaka Theatre production, Pancho Nari Akkhyan, directed by Selim, was also going on regularly.

He said he had dream to produce a theatre on Ahmad Sofa’s Moron Bilash.

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