Shuvoo refuses to take money for Bangabandhu biopic, charges one taka
National Award-winning actor Arifin Shuvoo is a popular name in the entertainment industry. He won the hearts of millions with silver screen hits like "Dhaka Attack" (2017) and "Shapludu" (2018), among many other memorable films.
The actor will be portraying the role of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal's biopic of Bangabandhu. The film is being jointly produced by Bangladesh and India as part of the birth centenary celebration of Bangabandhu.
Since he was cast as the lead role of the film, Arifin Shuvoo has been in the limelight. He considers working in the film to be a tremendous achievement.
Recently, he announced that he will be taking a remuneration of only one taka for the film. "Bangabandhu gifted us our country and our flag," Arifin Shuvoo told The Daily Star. "What more can a child expect from a father? He has given us his everything. I don't want a big remuneration for portraying him."
"The sacrifices Bangabandhu made for the country are known to all, he gave his life for the sake of our country," expresses the actor. "I wanted to keep this sacrificial mindset while working on the film and I was determined about my remuneration from the beginning."
Shuvoo further adds, "Bangabandhu is the ideal example of sacrifice and integrity, he was one of a kind leader who always stood up for what is right. When it comes to portraying a towering figure like him, the amount of money or other benefits become irrelevant."
According to Arifin Shuvoo, this film is one of the biggest budgeted films in the history of Bangladeshi cinema. "I don't know when we can make another big-budget film like this, but while working on the film I tried my best to reflect the ideologies Bangabandhu taught us throughout his life."
The first phase of shooting took place in the Film City in Mumbai, which went on for about 100 days. The second phase of the shooting will be held in Bangladesh, focusing on Muktibahini's struggle for independence.