One of the most sought-after stars of the television industry, Afran Nisho constantly challenges and reinvents himself through playing different characters. After a busy Eid season, where he starred in a plethora of hit tele-fictions, the dashing actor looks to ease into work once again. The Daily Star catches up with Afran Nisho for an exclusive interview.
Many of the projects you starred in this Eid, were very well received by the audience. Do you have a favourite amongst them?
I enjoyed playing every character that I portrayed, this time around. However, I wanted to break the misconception that the ‘protagonist’ is the most important character in a drama or a telefilm, and I was able to do so. For example, in the telefilm Agontuk, directed by Ashfaque Nipun, I played a negative role, and it was quite a powerful one. I remember watching the legendary Kothao Keu Nei, where the character of “Baker Bhai” was a breath of fresh air, as he was a borderline negative character who grows.
How do you prepare yourself for a tough role?
Previously, I used to overthink things when I was given a challenging role. I would often plan weeks ahead of how I would play it. However, as time went on, I became more spontaneous. I still learn from my seniors on set. My biggest inspiration has always been Humayun Faridee, who, in my opinion is an institution in acting. Through observing him, one could learn how to indulge themselves in a role without being typecast. Because of him, I want to be an actor, not a ‘hero’.
There is a trend in the industry, where directors and producers arguably focus on the ‘views’ on YouTube more than the actual quality of their work. What is your opinion on this?
I have always maintained that views on social media can never be a proper benchmark on how good a production is. However, it is true that a tangible estimate of how many people have watched your work is always a welcome one for any actor or director. Moreover, platforms like YouTube works like an archive for us, which was previously missing from the industry. In the end, every single person in the industry would want their work to be recognised. That is not to say that a telefilm with fewer views is in any way inferior to the ones that went ‘viral’. Similarly, we also cannot say that the ones with the most views are bad in any way. Every platform has its merits and demerits, and what we can do is embrace them and try to work harder, smarter and better.
What advice would you give to an aspiring actor?
Try to be spontaneous, honest and dedicated. In this industry, it is very important to spark at the right time. Don’t try to ‘act’ per se, put yourself in a situation where you believe the role you play. I believe that talent can never be overshadowed, no matter how difficult it might seem to climb up the proverbial ladder. Never give up!