Kids who were born in the nineties have grown up watching ‘Nayak Raj’-famed actor Razzak in the movies produced here in Bangladesh and West Bengal (India) as well. He was probably the first actor who made it big in the Tollywood industry. Many Bangladeshi actors and actresses have acted in different films after and before him in Tollywood. Bobita, Anju Ghosh and Ferdous Ahmed are some of the names who have earned repute in a foreign film industry, and the list goes on. However, in the recent times the participation has been remarkably higher than ever before and some of our actors are even making it to the Bollywood film industry. Let’s have a glimpse of those actors-actresses who have already graced our silver screens and now are cooking up a storm in other film industries:
Jaya Ahsan, an actress with a rare combination of beauty with brains, has already carved a niche for her in the Tollywood film industry. Launched by Arindam Sil in ‘Aborto’ in 2012, Jaya has been sharing her busy time between Kolkata and Dhaka since then. Jaya is one of those very few Bengali actresses who have been revered overseas thanks to her indomitable spirit and acting prowess. Despite the fact that many of her fans in Bangladesh frowned at her because of her rather bold role in Srijit Mukherji’s ‘Rajkahini’, she, however, left no stone unturned to declare her strong presence as an actor in Tollywood. Eventually, Jaya has already been starred in a handful of movies in the West Bengal and her passion for acting and level of professionalism have impressed many in that industry. According to a report by Times of India, Jaya is on every director’s wish list. Arindam Sil, a versatile actor-turned-director from Kolkata, said about her, “I have worked with Jaya in my very first film as a director. She is thoroughly professional and a very dedicated actress.”
Shakib Khan, the number one hero in Bangladeshi film industry, is one of those actors to have tried his mettle in joint-venture films. Though he was once dead against production of joint-venture films and screening of Tollywood movies in Bangladesh, he showed his true colors when he himself got the opportunity. He debuted in Tollywood with the joint-venture production ‘Shikari’ in 2016. Audiences in both parts of Bengal were equally mesmerized by him owing to his new avatar. Later on, he went on to do more joint-venture films such as ‘Nabab’, ‘Chaalbaaz’, ‘Bhaijaan Elo Re’ and ‘Naqaab’. He paired up with top Tollywood actresses like Sayantika Banerjee, Srabanti Chatterjee and Subhasree Ganguly while their chemistry was equally liked by the critics and the audience as well. Well, his demand in Kolkata has risen so high that some of the directors cannot even afford him. Even producer Ashok Dhanuka had to shelve a project after planning it to the minutest of details because of Shakib’s high remuneration claim.
Nusrat Faria Mazhar
Nusrat Faria is probably one of those actresses who have risen to prominence all of a sudden. She made an abrupt entry into the film industry in 2015 and all at once everyone was running after her. However, she has so far acted in many joint-venture films such as ‘Aashiqui’, \Hero 420’, ‘Badsha– he Don’ and ‘Boss 2’. The film ‘Badsha-The Don’, directed by Indian director Baba Yadav, is considered to be the turning point for her career and she even earned a Tele Cine Award for Best Actress from Bangladesh for this movie. She has also been starred in a number of films opposite Jeet, the most popular actor in Tollywood. In fact, audiences have happily accepted the chemistry of Jeet-Faria. Meanwhile, she claimed in 2017 that she was offered a role opposite famous B-town star Emraan Hashmi in a Bollywood film. Well, there was a rumor that there was never a deal between Faria and the producer regarding such a film and it was just a publicity stunt. However, she is now regular in Tollywood and mostly stays there.
Bidya Sinha Mim
Following the path of Jaya and Faria, Mim also stepped into Tollywood in 2015 through Soham-starrer ‘Black’. Though the film utterly failed to live up to everyone’s expectations, Mim made headlines because of her glamour factor. Most recently, she played an important role in superstar Jeet’s big project ‘Sultan The Saviour’, an action-packed thriller.
Already a renowned name in the Bangladesh film industry, Tauquir Ahmed has earned international repute as well for making thought-provoking films. Of late, he has signed an agreement with Shree Venkatesh Films, an Indian media and entertainment company headquartered in Kolkata. As per the agreement, he will direct a short film named ‘Biroho Uttor’ to be produced from this banner. The film will also star Zakia Bari Mamo, Abul Hayat and Rawnak Hasan from Bangladesh.
Very few of our actors have got the chance to try their luck in one of the most happening film industries of the world, Bollywood. Nirab Hossain is one of those lucky chaps who bagged a Hindi film in 2017. After taking up numerous challenging roles in our own industry, Nirab’s tryst with Bollywood began with his appearance in a Hindi film named ‘Sheitaan’ directed by Faisal Saif. Nirab shared about his experience of working in Bollywood, “I have mixed experiences – both positive and negative ones. However, the biggest challenge for me was the language barrier as I was not habituated to speaking Hindi. Everyone in the set helped me overcome the problem. As far as the response is concerned, I received critical appreciation from different corners. And as it was not a conventional film, the movie was not a huge commercial success. But I got familiar with some people in the Bollywood industry.”
Telugu Film Industry
After leaving her mark in the Bangladeshi modeling industry, Meghla Mukta, a promising model, has acted in a Telugu film which is yet to be released. Directed by Shiva Ganesh, the shooting of the film ‘Sakalakala Vallabhudu’ has already been completed.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that it’s not like only our actors-actresses are striving hard to make a place for them in the foreign film industries rather many from their industries are also coming here to our industry. Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan acted in ‘Doob’, a Bangladesh-India co-production drama film, written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. Apart from him, Indian actor Yashpal Sharma, who has starred in Bollywood blockbuster like ‘Lagaan’, has played the character of a Pakistani police officer in Taquir’s latest venture ‘Fagun Haway – In spring Breeze’. In the near future, many more may come in and try their mettle in our film industry.