Sumaiya Shimu makes a comeback
Sumaiya Shimu, a well-known television actor and model, has been involved in acting for more than two decades. She has captivated the mass audience with her charming acting prowess. After a break of almost three years, the television star recently made a comeback in the acting world. On a candid chat with The Daily Star, the actor shares her recent plans.
Was there any particular reason you took a break for more than three years?
There was no specific reason behind this break. The ongoing pandemic took away a lot of time and even before the pandemic, I was not getting any good offers and decided not to take up just about anything. Several people even thought I was abroad and because of that miscommunication, a significant gap was created.
How are you feeling about coming back?
I am ecstatic to be back. Even after spending years not working, I felt the same while standing in front of the camera. The feeling, the people, and the experience remain the same. To be back in a familiar setting, among familiar faces, is an indescribable feeling.
How much did you miss acting?
I missed acting, being in front of the camera a lot. Though I was away from work, my mind was wandering among the familiar crowd. Whenever I saw a co-artiste's work on television, I was reminded of my own journey. This was a place of love for me for so many years, it's hard not to miss the rush and the thrill of acting. Being in front of the camera is the best place for me to be.
Will you continue working regularly?
I definitely want to work regularly, but I would need everyone's help with that as well. There are several new directors and faces in the industry now, I'm not acquainted with all of them. I want to get to know them and work with them.
Though I want to be a regular, I won't be working on too many projects as before. I plan to work on selective projects from now on.
How are you currently spending time at home?
I am spending a wonderful time at home. I keep myself busy with books and watching TV. I spend a significant amount of time gardening, it is my favorite hobby. I have several verandah spaces in my home and I buy a lot of plants. Most of my time at home goes to taking care of the plants.
I also have a deep passion for traveling in my free time. Be it in the country or abroad, I love traveling a lot. I visited Singapore just a few days before the pandemic hit. I visit several places inside the country whenever I get a chance, but now, due to the pandemic, I'm not going anywhere.
What are your aspirations regarding acting?
I always want to involve myself in good, thoughtful productions. That aspiration remains the same. I want to work on projects that will make people remember me for a lifetime.