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In conversation with Ariq Anam Khan

Update : 14 Jan 2016, 09:51 AM

Ariq Anam Khan, the son of famous actors Tariq Anam Khan and Nima Rahman, is following in the footsteps of his parents as an actor on stage and on TV. His recent stage venture, a portrayal of a corrupt rural politician from the play Banduk Juddhu, has earned plaudits from audience and critics alike. Dhaka Tribune caught up the young actor who made his name through his performances in nearly hundred stage shows, over the past seven years.


Name a role you reckon you’ve successfully portrayed.

Obviously, the role from Banduk Juddho because I think it's a much more mature acting endeavour in comparison to my previous roles.

As the son of leading actors, is there any pressure to meet the benchmark they've set?

Whether I like it or not, it's obvious that people expect more from me because of the fact that I have famous parents. Probably some of them don’t want to compare me to my parents, but subconsciously I believe they do.

Is there any specific technique you follow to prepare for any new role?

I always question every little detail related to the play. I begin by asking myself questions, then I ask my director about every tiny detail regaring the role, the plot and the situation to gain better understanding. I try to follow the basic acting rule of Stanislavski as well.

Are there any Bangladeshi stage productions you want to be part of?

I want to portray any classic characters including Hamlet and Macbeth. From my childhood, I grew up dreaming to play in Natyakendra's Bicchu, but unfortunately the play is currently in a sabbatical.

What are you currently reading?

Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Name one book that positively shaped your life?

Not any particular book, but the writings of Rabindranath Tagore have shaped my life.

Apart from acting, do you have any other obsession?

Since childhood I've been enthusiastic about film and filmmaking. I want to pursue a short course on filmmaking abroad. To tell you the truth, I began acting because I believed it would help me eventually become a filmmaker one day.

Khan's short film The Smile which was recently screened at a festival arranged by Moviyana Film Society is now available on Youtube. His current TV venture is a horror mega serial Daily Fright Night which airs on GTV every Friday to Thursday at midnight.





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