Social distancing impossible on public transport

Nusraat Faria tells New Age

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 23:14, May 31,2020


Nusraat Faria

Popular Dhallywood actress Nusraat Faria said that people who use public transport may not be able to follow social distancing effectively. The actress voiced her concern that social distancing rules were ignored by people who commuted to their village homes cramming different modes of transport before Eid-ul-Fitr and the same thing happened when they returned to Dhaka after Eid.

‘We saw that thousands left the capital cramming ferries on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr. Most paid to heed to social distancing rules which heightened the risk of COVID-19 spread. People are now returning to the capital after celebrating Eid and the same thing is happening. It is impossible to maintain social distancing on public transport in a densely populated country like Bangladesh,’ Nusraat Faria told New Age.

Nusraat was scheduled to act opposite Apurba in the film “Jodi Kintu Tobuo”. The shooting for the film was postponed in the wake of COVID-19.

‘Shihab Sahin directed film “Jodi Kintu Tobuo” was scheduled to go on the shooting floors on March 12. Many crew members including DOP, creative director, makeup artistes and line producers came from India to shoot the film but we decided to stop shooting on March 11. I was scheduled to act opposite Apurba for the first time in the film,’ she said.

The actress has been staying in Mymensingh since April where she recently shot a TVC for a hand sanitizer and hand wash brand.

‘I came to our farm house in Mymensingh on April 1. I shot the TVC here and I sent them the video. I have been spending a lot of time with my family members. Besides, I have been reading books and recording TVCs,’ she said.

When asked about the challenges she faced while shooting without director or shooting set-up, she replied, ‘We all can take selfies, videos or photos with our phones. The difficult part is getting the lighting right. We shot the video a day before Eid-ul-Fitr. I gave my voice under a blanket to reduce outside noise. It was a great learning experience for me.’

The actress doesn’t have any plans for attending shootings at floors until the crisis passes.

‘I have no plans for visiting shooting floors during the COVID-19 outbreak. People are dying from the virus everyday so I don’t think it will be wise to attend shootings until this crisis goes away,’ she mentioned.

‘We are at war with this virus and there is no alternative to following health directives. I urge my fans to stay at home, follow health directives and avoid going outside unless it is an emergency. Please be patient. This crisis will surely pass,’ she ended.

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