Gracing her presence on the silver screen for twenty years, Poppy is one of the nation's most-loved film actors. She saw success right from her debut film “Coolie”, sealing her fate as a star. The three time National Film Award winning actor made time for The Daily Star recently, where she reflected upon the highlights of her career, and more.
What does being an actor mean to you?
Poppy: I cannot put to words my love for acting. I sincerely believe that you cannot be good at something without a deep-found love for it.
What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
Poppy: That would depend on my mood. Sometimes I'm up for mellow activities such as watching a movie or listening to some music. There are times when I prefer to go out for short or long trips.
What's your pick-me-up for moments when you feel down?
Poppy: I tend to brood in silence, and listen to some music to distract my feelings. And then there are times when I'd rather not do anything at all.
What is the hardest aspect of living in Dhaka?
Poppy: The traffic jam - there's simply no escaping it. Otherwise Dhaka is an amazing place to live in. I do believe, and hope, that our love for the home we've made compels us to eradicate these issues.
Do you have a motto you live by?
Poppy: We must try our hardest to live our best lives. We must never be afraid to feel deeply, and dream freely. Living life means to accept its ups and downs.
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
Poppy: There is no particular song or genre that I prefer. I listen to the classic oldies, and I also enjoy contemporary music.
Is there something you see around you that troubles you, and you wish you could change?
Poppy: Whenever we go out, we are faced with the struggles and plight of the less fortunate. It reminds us that there are many realities around us, and that those of us who are able, must extend a helping hand.
Do you miss your hometown?
Poppy: I will always identify myself as a woman from Khulna. I always look forward to going home.