Television industry in dire straits, says Shahiduzzaman Selim

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:42, Jun 18,2018 | Updated: 19:06, Jun 18,2018


Shahiduzzaman Selim performs in Lovely Kathachitra.

Popular actor-director Shahiduzzaman Selim will be seen in two ongoing Eid drama series and a teleplay to be aired on different television channels tonight.

The actor plays leads in Abu Hayat Mahmud’s six-episode drama series Lovely Kathachitra, BU Shovu’s seven-episode drama series Kancher Manush and Niyamul Hossain’s teleplay Aamjanata.

SATV will air Lovely Kathachitra at 09:00pm, ETV will air Kancher Manush at 09:20pm and Channel-i will air Aamjanata at 09:35pm tonight.

‘Lovely Kathachitra is a comedy where I have enacted the role of an businessman of Old Dhaka who has a fascination with films, while Kancher Manush features stories of family ties’, said Shahiduzzaman Selim in an interview with New Age.

In Aamjanata, Selim enacts the character of an honest, middle class job holder who often gets into trouble because of his honesty. However, he manages to solve the problems in the end.

Three more Selim starring teleplays were aired on the first and third day of Eid-ul-Fitr. Popular maker Hanif Sanket’s Bishwaser Niswas Nai was aired on the first day of Eid on ATN Bangla, while Tania Ahmed’s Babar Juta and Mahmud Didar’s Dalim Kumar were aired yesterday on Channel-i.

‘Except Lovely Kathachitra, the other plays feature serious stories of everyday life of common people’, said Selim.

In Babar Juta, Selim has played the role of a middle class father. The teleplay revolves around the relationship between a father and his son. Hanif Sanket’s Bishwaser Nishwas Nai is a message-oriented play which highlights relationships in today’s people, who hardly trust each other.

‘I am happy that these teleplays are not like the typical comedies usually aired in Eid festivals these days. I hope, viewers would love these teleplays’, said Selim, who is also enacting the character of a navy officer in a drama series named Ghare Baire currently broadcasting on Maasranga TV.

Selim, who used to direct one or two teleplays every Eid, did not direct any teleplays this year to protest against the domination of commercial agencies in television industry.

‘I have not directed any teleplays this year as I am not willing to run after the agencies for work’, said Selim, who criticised the inactive programme departments of television channels which are being dominated by some brokers of different commercial agencies.

‘Television industry is in dire straits. Domination of agencies is making the situation worse. It is high time the channels understood the gravity of the situation; otherwise they will lose viewers to foreign channels’, said Selim.

Besides TV plays, the two-time national film award winning actor is now working in Shahriar Nazim Joy’s film Paapkahini.

‘The plot of Paapkahini will bring to light the dark side of the local film industry tainted by nepotism, abuse of power and others’, said Selim, who will be enacting the character of a film producer in Paapkahini.

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