For the sake of character, I am okay with kiss or bed scene, says Bangladeshi actress Roohi


As a number of international OTT platforms are already looking for buying various types of Bangla contents, including full length feature film, web series, web film and 90-minute movie from Bangladesh, majority of the actresses in the country is shy or even scared in working those projects for international platforms as there would be kiss and bed scenes, if required by the story. In the film and drama circle in India’s Kolkata, none of the actresses raise any objection in working in a film or web series, where there would be kiss and bed scenes. But one Bangladeshi promising actress, Nusrat Jannat Roohi said, she too has no problem if there are kiss or bed scenes in the movies and web series made for the international OTT platforms.

Talking to this correspondent, Roohi said, “For the sake of character, I am okay if there is kissing or bed scenes in films and web series. Showing kiss scenes or bed scenes are considered as taboo in our society. But I think, those days are already gone. People are watching films and web series in English, French, Spanish and other languages on the OTT platforms, where kissing scenes or bed scenes are almost regular. If our audience can watch those contents, why we need make it almost outlawed in our society? We claim ourselves as people of modern age. So, let us just make an end to those taboo of the old days. We need to really grow up and cope with the international standards”.

Amongst the Bangladeshi television viewers as well as viewers of Bangla drama on YouTube channels, Nusrat Jannat Roohi is a popular face. She is one of the most disciplined performers, who has been dedicatedly working maintaining set routines. She enjoys repute for her well-coordinated work while Roohi has always been very sincere and devoted to her works. A well-educated Roohi has completed Masters with two majors – Fashion Designing and Dancing from Dhaka’s prestigious Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology, while she also has completed her honors from BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (BUFT). For over a decade, Nusrat Jannat Roohi has been associated with the Bulbul Academy for Fine Arts (BAFA) as a dance teacher.

Roohi was attracted to dance since her childhood and used to reciprocate the steps of the dancers on television. When her grandfather saw her interest in dance, he asked Roohi’s mother to get her admitted in a dance school. Onwards, she continued attending dance schools alongside her studies. From her dancing career, Roohi started dreaming of entering the showbiz as an actress. Later she came into the limelight of the media through a TVC and in 1998 stepped into the showbiz. Onwards, she did a large number of TVCs, music videos, telefilms, drama and also anchored several programs on television channels, where she had attained appreciation from the viewers. But in 2002, she had to give a pause to her acting and modeling career as she had to focus on her higher studies and did return to the showbiz in 2015.

Roohi believes, whatever she has accomplished so far is rooted in dance, because dance is her passion. Replying to a question about what qualities an aspiring dancer and actor must possess, Roohi told an English newspaper: “Being a dancer myself, I believe, to be a successful professional dancer, one must work hard, be focused, and persevere. An artist must learn all the dance movements by heart and have the desire to always learn new techniques. Performing on stage or television professionally is a privilege and aspiring dancers must not be focused on stardom and pride; rather work hard because at the end efforts are acknowledged. Dancers are taught expressions and gestures that also contribute to the work of acting. An aspiring actor must-watch lots of movies, read books, recite and they must have the practice of speaking with the correct pronunciation. One must groom themselves to be a role model and be an ideal human being, they must possess the ability to be any sort of character or role they are given. Each day should be a new learning for any artist and they must have the aspiration to be the best.”

Roohi’s father was a film producer. Her mother is a writer.

One of her passions is traveling and Roohi loves visiting places with natural picturesque. Ocean, mountain, natural fountain, and of course forests attract Roohi’s mind. She feels connected and turns poetic whenever visits such places.

In the next 5 years, Nusrat Jannat Roohi wants to see herself as a successful actress both in the small-screen as well as movies. She already is getting offers from film production companies in Bangladesh and India.

It may be mentioned here that, considering the size of the Bangla-speaking population in Bangladesh, India and the world, several international OTT platforms such as Netflix, Zee5, HoiChoi, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Sony Liv, Voot, MX Player, ALT Balaji, BIGFlix, Ullu App, Sun NXT, YouTube Premium, TVF Play, EPOS Now, Jio Cinema, Airtel Xstream, Shemaroo, Viu, and Discovery Plus are expected to include Bangla contents soon.


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