Popular actor Mir Sabbir fell in love and married fellow actor Farzana Chumki over fifteen years ago. Since then, the couple has embarked together on new life that cemented their love, and their career in acting, although in recent years Chumki has been gracing the screen less frequently than her husband. The couple arrived at The Daily Star office premises recently for a chat about their lives, and the upcoming Pahela Falgun and Valentine's Day.
What significance does Pahela Falgun has to you?
Mir Sabbir: To tell you the truth, I am inexplicably happy around this time of the year. I find myself reminiscing about my years in Barguna, Barisal. Falgun was celebrated each year very colorfully, and you could truly feel spring in the year.
Chumki: I feel the same. The air during springtime is sweeter than the rest of the year. Some say it is love that's in the air, and spring is indeed, the season of love.
How did you celebrate spring when you were young and in love?
Mir Sabbir: Oh, I have so many memories of our first Falgun together. We were in a relationship back then, and we had always planned to spend a day out on Pahela Falgun. Both of us planned to wear yellow on that day.
Chumki: Before we were married, we always spent the day out during Pahela Falgun. We would frequent parks, eat out at restaurants. I would love to relive the past every spring if I had the chance.
Many believe that spring causes people to fall in love, and find their soulmates. Do you hold the same view?
Mir Sabbir: I do. While love can happen to anyone at any time, spring creates an awakening in everyone's hearts. Spring is hailed as a the season of romance in songs, and in poetry, whose words are on the lips of many during this time of the year.
Chumki: “Falgun-e shuru hoy gungunani…” I remember reading a poem like that when I was young. Poets and musicians often wrote about spring with love in their hearts, so I suppose people can't help but fall in love.
Bashanta Utshab is celebrated as a festival on its own today. How do you perceive the matter?
Mir Sabbir: I look at it as a very positive thing. Bashanta is a very important part of our lives and our traditions; where would Bangalees be without it? It fills me with hope to see the younger generation taking to the celebrations with as much fervor.
Chumki: I am delighted to see young people going out in yellow panjabis and saris; they are doing an excellent job of upholding our culture, and I know that it will continue for years to come.
What have you learned in your fifteen years of marriage?
Mir Sabbir: Marriage means love, affection, and compassion. A marriage will have tears and anger as well, but at the end of the day, you have only one true home to come back to.
Chumki: Sadness and happiness go hand in hand in marriage, and there are many sacrifices to be made as well. But at the end of the day, you can count on marriage to be able to draw a content breath when you come back home.