Women are symbols of power. Women represent a range of characters at the same time; sometimes as a daughter, as a partner, as a co-worker or just as a human being. In this media, there are so many successful women who are ruling in own field. In the long run of their journey, some of these wonderful human beings sat with Dhaka Tribune's Showtime and let their fans know about their dreams, hopes, frustrations, visions, discrimination and all. Lets know some of their comments on various topics once again and salute womanhood.
“When Saud (Badrul Anam Saud) is the director I stop being his wife and leave the domestic affairs at home for the kind of person I am. Obviously, as a senior in the industry, I have some additional duties and these are mostly with the unit. When I felt like I need to discuss something with Saud regarding a particular scene or even the film, I just went out and talked.”
“Why does Sharmin Lucky have to host cooking shows on different channels, and specifically, why must a female host cooking shows. If a talented male was given the same opportunity, he could do even better. A lot of talented people are moving out from the media just because the media focuses on the external beauty, not the talent. I want to ask producers, sponsors, channel owners and everyone else why there would be such discrimination? Why beauty is more in focus in every sector of media, including singing, dancing or presenting? I really feel bad about it, whereas I think the talent graph was way higher ten years ago.”
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Actor Rafiath Rashid Mithila Dhaka Tribune
Rafiath Rashid Mithila
“Our literature has many interesting male characters like Feluda, Kaka Babu or even Himu. If I am asked to act in the female versions of such characters, I will do that for sure. Our media still writes very male-oriented stories. I think our media will be more complete if stories of a woman’s life, struggles and challenges are portrayed on screen. I always talk about these to my director friends.
I also think that our media can be the mirror to portray a woman’s social position. Only then our society can be more equal towards men and women.”
Zinat Sanu Swagata
“If someone protests to something of this media which is annoying, she becomes a victim. I do and as a result I am no longer getting good or enough offers for drama series. That does not mean I am not working! That means, as a professional- what I am doing right now is not making me happy enough. Even I often forget names of productions which I have done recently.”
"Talking about casting couch, I think self realization is important here. Everyone knows how to maintain it. We have several media nowadays to protest against casting couch syndrome. I must say that it is really positive that especially girls have started talking about this. I appreciate it. We need to work on it for the betterment of this industry."
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Marzia Kabir Sonica Dhaka Tribune
Marzia Kabir Sonica
“Most of the parties or events were at night and finding good organizers was a big challenge. Everyone thought DJing means partying, singing and dancing and none could ever imagine that DJing can be someone’s profession and people can survive considering DJing as their career. I also had to receive a notice once to leave my home because of this profession. I have given a good reply to all such harassments and criticism with my work. My neighbours now proudly say that I live in their building.”
Ashna Habib Bhabna
“Nowadays, girls have started to speak up. Girls are talking about harassment, discrimination and all. This is very positive. The more we talk, the more we will learn to cope up with the situation and fight back. I know, the situation won’t change in a day but I’m hopeful as I am seeing change in progress. I see myself as an agent of change, with not just words, but with my work.”
“I want to be a good actor, as a girl- good daughter to my mother. As a woman I want to be a good mother myself. Most people have a certain goal but I don’t have something like that. I want to explore everything; so I do modelling, radio shows, anchoring, stage performances, dancing and more. Maybe I am not the best at everything but I can do them properly. I don’t want to miss out on anything and it is the secret of my life.”