• Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mita Chowdhury

Interviewed by Mohammad Zahidul Islam

Mita Chowdhury began her career as an actress during her school years at the age of nine. She has been acting since 1968 and participated in many television dramas and theatre works. Starting with the play 'Story of King Minus' which was a parody of the Greek myth of 'King Midas', she became an iconic figure in the drama and theatre world of Bangladesh. “My acting attracted the attention of TV producer Khaleda Fehmi, who was happy enough to take me on for a series called Urdu Shikkhar Ashor. Thus I waS introduced to the Pakistan TV, as it was called at that time,” says Mita. Around two years later, in 1973, she was reintroduced to a TV producer, Atiqul Haque Chowdhury, who offered her a role in her first TV play as an adult, called Arekti Shohor Chai. That was the turning point for her. She was still only 15 years old and had to combine TV roles with studies. From then on there was no looking back for her. She thinks that the present filmmakers, actors and actresses are different from the previous generation in terms of their numbers of productions and area of work. Although many quantities of production harm the quality of production, she thinks the young actors and actresses are doing well in their career. She notices that gender is still a great issue in Bangladesh, as in other countries, in the remuneration of the people involved in media and female artists are still paid less than their male contemporaries. She considers this phenomenon as unequal and primitive and less motivational for the female artists.
Our Media
Our media is going through a transition period right now and our young film makers are making some good productions coming out of the traditional filmmaking techniques. They could work much better if there was technical support from Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). The BFDC should be stronger, progressive and cooperative. I think we can make better movies with low budget here comparing with other neighboring countries.
About Young Artists
The young artists are very busy with lots of work. They should remember in mind that many productions cause their performance to drop. Many people claim that young artists lack sincerity which I don't agree with. Young people are working in many productions because the producers are involving them. They are not responsible for these. Our numbers of television channels need them for producing dramas and films.  However, I would suggest them to be engaged in theatres in order to improve their acting. Anyone who really loves acting should try to improve their craft.
I have no specific philosophy. I try to help people and expect that people will help me in return. I am compassionate and friendly to people. I treat people equally and fairly and I don't believe in class system or feudalism. I think gender is a serious issue in Bangladesh and women are treated unequally here. This should not be the case.
Favorite Actors and Actress
I like many actors and actresses from different parts of the world. Venessa Redgrave, Hellen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Naseeruddin Shah, Dilip Kumar, Robert De Niro, Anthony Hopkins, and Ralph Fiennes are some of them.
Favorite Singers
I cannot name some specific singers. My taste differs from time to time and depends on my mood. I like Shahana Bajpaie and Debabrata Biswas from Rabindra songeet. Besides, Srikanta Acharya and Aditi Mohsin are also my favorite. Moreover, I like the band 'Joler Gan'. I also like baul songs and kaoali songs.
Favorite Authors
Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth, John Le Carre, Humayun Azad, Sunil Gongopadhyaya, Tarasankar Bondopadhyay, Manik Bondopadhayy and Bimal Mitra.


Published: 12:00 am Saturday, June 21, 2014

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