The budding director recently sat down with Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime to share the story of his journey so far, working behind the camera
No matter how many times the name Nuhash has appeared in Humayun Ahmed’s writing, the stories do not apply to Nuhash’s life. Fighting hard and working passionately to get out of his father’s shadow, Nuhash is on the path to make his own way forward.
As a result of his endeavours, Bangladeshi TV audiences were exposed to his talents via the phenomenal TV drama Hotel Albatross during this Eid-ul-Adha. The budding director recently sat down with Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime to share the story of his journey so far, working behind the camera.
Our conversation with Nuhash was initiated by asking him to disclose an unknown fact about him. Nuhash replied saying that he is colour blind. However, this has never stopped him from working on his cartoons and doodles.
Nuhash said telling stories is his favourite thing to do. No matter what the medium is, either celluloid or cartoon, he just loves telling stories. “I am very passionate about filmmaking and art since early childhood, so wherever I go, I will always use these two mediums of telling stories,” said Nuhash.
When asked what he wants to deliver through his stories, Nuhash said he tries to solve problems he personally faces around him, via his stories. These stories are like a form of therapy to him, in order to reach a viable solution point.
So, was Hotel Albatross a story where Nuhash delivered a solution to himself? “Hotel Albatross was very different from any of my other work. The limitations around time, budget, and productions and the TV drama, are far greater than any other medium. This was a challenge for me, but I enjoyed my co-workers’ company,” he replied.
Nushash added: “I did not discriminate between my actors. The person who played the lead role wasn’t given preferential treatment. I spoke with everyone, explaining their roles and characters, including Nur uncle (Asaduzzaman Nur). I have seen him playing famous characters like ‘Mirza’ and ‘Baker Bhai’ under my father’s direction, and now he is acting under my direction. It is strange and beautiful at the same time. However, I have tried to be very careful about my work.”
Hotel Albatross was one of the most talked about TV dramas this Eid. Nuhash was a bit under pressure because of the fact that Humayun Ahmed was a very famous director, and Nuhash had just started his journey as a director.
Nuhash said: “I know this work could have been a little better, and people have the right to like or dislike it. Actually, what I liked about this drama is that everyone was eagerly waiting to watch it. Even my sister watched it in the US, with her neighbours. This is what is going on with my first work and I love it.”
Recalling his days as an O level’s student, Nuhash said his mother told him that he had to do well in his Bangla exam, but his father never put pressure on him for anything.
“Many people request me to work on my father’s stories. The truth is my father’s stories are already popular. It is time to do something different, something new. Adding new dimensions can actually bring good results to the industry,” said Nuhash.
He also said: “I always keep myself under pressure since the beginning of every project, because I know that I have to do a good job. Whenever someone says, ‘Nuhash, we have a high expectation of your work,’ I tell them that my own expectation is even higher. I must evaluate myself first.”
Currently, the rising helmer is working on a short film, which is set to be released at the coming Dhaka Lit-Fest.
Picture taken by Saikat Bhadra