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12:00 AM, November 09, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 09, 2018

The jacks of all trades

In the early days of entertainment, people in the industry mostly focused on a particular craft, perhaps so that they could fully concentrate and try to master it. Directors would only direct, producers would only produce and so on. However, over time it has become a global trend to multitask, and many have excelled in the art of combining their talents to make a more meaningful impact. Likewise, many big names in our entertainment arena have also managed to amalgamate the skills of directing, producing and acting into a suitable quotient.

 Zahid Hasan is one such name. His production company, Pushpita Visuals, has been in operation for over a decade. The renowned tele-fiction Laal, Neel, Beguni was directed by him and produced under his company's banner. “Acting is my ultimate passion. But I have also taken a liking towards directing and I am enjoying it very much,” stated Zahid Hasan. National Film Award winner Mahfuz Ahmed established Nakshikatha, his production house, in 2006. Ever since then, it has produced multiple tele-fictions as well as television series, including the popular series Choita Pagol which was also directed by Mahfuz Ahmed.

Satkahon is the name of the production house that is run by celebrated actor Suborna Mustafa. It has produced a wide range of television series including Gohine. Most of the work produced by Satkahon was directed by Badrul Anam Soud. Veteran actor Afsana Mimi was the producer for the adaptation of Suchitra Bhattacharya's novel Kacher Manush. Afsana Mimi has been in the production business for a good period of time, mostly producing television series and directing them. Besides being a skilled actor, Shahiduzzaman Selim has also been producing tele-fictions for a while now. He has also directed many of the productions from his company Dream Factory.

Renowned actor Tauquir Ahmed has successfully produced and directed a multitude of tele-fictions over the years, including Josnakaal and Shonkho Bash. His films, Oggyatonama and Haldaa were also highly praised. “It is possible to maintain the balance between acting, directing and producing as long as one can coordinate the time and work carefully,” he said.

Azizul Hakim, along with his spouse Zinat Hakim was in the production business for a long time. A handful of those projects were directed by Azizul Hakim. Earlier, they used to produce many television series on a regular basis, but now they mostly produce hour-long tele-fictions. Aruna Biswas is another such actor who has managed to produce and direct several tele-fictions. Actor Mir Sabbir runs Ful Jhuri, his production house. After starting off with tele-fictions, he later produced and directed a number of television series. Hridi Huq's production company, Ticket produced the  tele-fiction Amader Anondo Bari. Among other veteran artistes, Mamunur Rashid has a production house called Bangla Telefilm and Sara Zaker runs a house called Dhonichitro.

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