Nat’l Film Award 2013
Titas Zia intent on working in only good films
Titas Zia, who bagged the National Film Award 2013 for Best Actor with his maiden appearance on the big screen, says he is intent on working only in good-scripted films. The actor played the male lead in Gazi Rakayet’s Mrittika Maya, which shattered all previous records of the National Film Awards of Bangladesh by winning 17 of the 25 awards announced on Tuesday last week. ‘I’m really happy to have been selected for the award. I owe a big thanks to the government for the honour and the Mrittika Maya team for being with me,’ he said.
In an interview with New Age, Titas described how he got the role in the film and his imminent plans.
‘Gazi Rakayet and I know each other for quite some time. So one day he invited me over to a meeting where he read out the film’s script, which hooked me instantly. He offered me the role and I agreed.
‘I’m grateful to Rakayet for giving me the freedom and flexibility to play the role in my own way. It was a wonderful experience.
‘I want to continue working in films provided I have good scripts. Plus, it’s important that a film is made sincerely, with considerable time spent on its production, not hastily or carelessly as is often the case in the country’s film circles.’
Titas Zia is an actor in heart but a teacher by profession, working at the department of theatre and performance studies of Dhaka University. ‘Teaching has always been my top priority, and I want to concentrate more on teaching than acting, but the latter remains a favourite pastime.’
When it comes to acting, Titas says he is open to options in any medium – film, television and theatre. So far, he has acted in approximately 15 theatre plays for different troupes and also directed about 10 plays including Birthday Party, Death of a Sales Man and Homecoming for the department of theatre.
He has recently completed shooting for the BBC Media Action produced TV series Ujan Ganger Naiya, which will be aired on BTV. Directed by Bashar Georgis, the play also stars Riaz, Farhana Mili, Tariq Anam Khan, Lutfor Rahman George and others.
Source: New Age