Zakaria Bari Mamo's career in the show business began since her emergence on Lux-Channel i Superstar. The former model has since then grown to be an acclaimed actor, having won a National Film Award after her big screen debut in “Daruchini Dwip”. Today, she is a familiar face on the small screen, and awaits the release of her latest film, “Alta Banu”, today.
In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, the actor shared more about her latest work, and more.
What is your anticipation from “Alta Banu”?
Mamo: I have very high hopes, and I would like everyone to go see it in the cinema halls, and watch me bring Alta to life.
What does acting mean to you?
Mamo: It's more than just a profession for me; it's a passion and obsession, something that I'd like to continue for life.
You have this far carved out a successful career for yourself. What are your aspirations for the future?
Mamo: I really don't know what lies down the road for me, but I believe that doing your work sincerely paves the way for success. Our favourite TV actors today did not achieve all this respect and admiration overnight; it takes years of dedication.
You have been in many TV plays so far. Of them, how many do you consider close to your heart?
Mamo: Well let's say out of a hundred plays, there will be at least ten that will have a remarkable impact on me. I cannot expect everything to come my way be the way I exactly want. While I always strive to generate quality work, there are some that are not as good as the others have been.
You won the National Film Award for your first film, but did not go on to appear on the big screen much after that. Is there a reason for that?
Mamo: “Daruchini Dwip” is something I shall always be proud of, and one of the highest achievements in my career. And this is why I have become quite selective. I am waiting for a talented director with a great script to approach me, with a suitable character in mind, and I am quite hopeful that something will come my way soon. Today, we have many successful small screen directors turn to films, and some of them doing great work. I love how this widens the scope of the Bangladesh film industry, creating more opportunities for artistes like us.
Have you been working on any other new films?
Mamo: We have completed filming and dubbing for “Shopnobari”, directed by Tanim Rahman Angshu. I am now preparing for Shihab Shaheen's new film titled “Monforing”, and we are currently in talks with a reputed production company to assist us.
What is your ultimate dream with cinema?
Mamo: All artistes have the desire to work on a large canvas. Cinemas live on for generations, giving us the chance to create legacies. I'd like to leave behind my own legacy one day.