The "misti meye" (sweet girl) of Bangladeshi cinema, Kabori, left us all after a fierce battle with Covid-19. In remembrance of the National Award winning legend, we present her last published interview on our Arts & Entertainment page, on her 69th birthday, in 2019.
We wish you many happy returns for the day. Do you have any plans for today?
Thank you to The Daily Star as well. I do not see birthdays differently than any other day, to be honest. Every day is the same to me. What matters to me is work, as I feel people live forever through their work.
Whom do you remember the most on your birthdays?
I miss my parents a lot. Anyone who has lost their parents, knows what it feels like – I always wish they were here to check up on me. When I was little, they are the ones who used to celebrate my birthdays. I also think of my children, as the best times in my life are spent with them.
People know you as the 'sweet girl' of Bangladeshi cinema. How do you see this adoration?
I see it very positively, and I am very grateful for the love that the people have given me. My parents are not here today, and one day, I won't be either. I am, however, happy that through my work, I have given the people something to remember me by. I am also very proud that I was born in Bangladesh. I love my country to the very core, and appreciate everything that it has given me.
You are going to direct a new film. When does the work for that begin?
We will hopefully start shooting for that in August. The film's title is Ei Tumi Shei Tumi. The script for the film is original, and it will tell the tale of our people, land and heritage. It has been a while since I last directed, so I am taking ample preparations for this.