Badhon discussed her Cannes-selected feature "Rehana Maryam Noor," the Aarong jamdani saree that she donned on the red carpet and her changing views on acting
The lead actor of "Rehana Maryam Noor" and "Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni," Azmeri Haque Badhon sat down for an interview with popular actor Purnima, on the first episode of Hatil's new talk show "Boro Moncher Taroka."
Badhon discussed her Cannes-selected feature "Rehana Maryam Noor," the Aarong jamdani saree that she donned on the red carpet and her changing views on acting.
When asked why there was so much secrecy regarding the film prior to its Cannes selection, Badhon said that she and other actors were instructed not to discuss the film in public.
"Our director, Abdullah Mohammad Saad, was particularly averse to engaging in promotions. He said, if we achieve something real with this film, people will know about it anyway. That's why, from casting selection to the plot details, everything was kept under the wraps."
"I still think I am not deserving of all the success we had with this film. I never thought I was good enough for Cannes, I still don't. All credits go to our director Saad. He carried the entire film on his shoulder," Badhon added.
Purnima was also curious about Badhon's now-famous Jamdani saree. "How prepared were you regarding the outfits? Did you have them all ready to go prior to the red carpet?" she asked.
"We had no such plans. We weren’t even sure if we would be able to get the visa and attend the screenings amidst the pandemic restrictions. So even though I knew I was going to wear Jamdani if I could make it to Cannes, we just never knew if we would ultimately be able to attend the screenings in person," Badhon replied.
The saree worn by Badhon was a 100-thread count beige-olive half-silk jamdani saree adorned by golden “jori” thread. It takes nearly 90 days to craft one jamdani saree of this quality by handloom artisans based near Sonargaon, Bangladesh (a World Craft City recognized for its history of jamdani weaving).
The actor stole the spotlight at the 74th edition of the film festival in the stunning jamdani saree and silver jewellery designed by Bangladeshi fashion giant Aarong.
"A beauty pageant launched my career. So as you can tell, I was never very interested in acting. But my thought process later went through a swift transformation due to a certain family complication. And afterwards, I had to focus on my career, which involved taking acting gigs more seriously. I am glad that I did. Because now I love what I do," Badhon said.