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‘After 25 years, I have nothing left to prove’

Artainment Reporter

Published: 09:03, 14 June 2024

‘After 25 years, I have nothing left to prove’

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Dhallywood superstar Shakib Khan has witnessed the ups and downs of the Bengali film industry over his illustrious 25-year career. Crores of taka have revolved around him, with producers and directors relying on his ‘money-back guarantee’ during difficult times.

Overcoming countless obstacles, this superstar has become the undisputed king of Bengali cinema. According to industry experts, Shakib Khan is the most sought-after star among the 300 million Bengalis worldwide. However, some have questioned why he doesn't prove himself by acting in films outside of Eid projects.

At a press conference for his upcoming film ‘Toofan’ at a five-star hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday evening, Shakib faced such a query. Although many were perplexed, the ‘prince’ responded with wit and humour, impressing many present.

Addressing the journalist, Shakib said, “Over the past 25 years, how many films have been released apart from Eid? I've spent 25 years in film acting. Now, I don't think I have anything left to prove. I just want to keep working and am focused on achieving my goals.”

“After returning from the USA nine months ago, people lined up at the airport with flowers to welcome me – I work for those beloved fans. I work for my country. Their love is my strength. Now, I selectively do films for them as quality is essential for multiplexes and single-screen theatres, let alone international releases.”

The star of the blockbuster ‘Priyotoma’ revealed that apart from Eid releases, ‘Dorod’ will be released soon, with another non-Eid film in the pipeline. Addressing critics, he said, “Those who want to hold Bengali cinema back only find faults. They are worthless and cannot see the good. Don't pay attention to them; support any good Bengali film instead.”

Co-star Chanchal Chowdhury praised Shakib, saying, “I feel he is not just an actor but a soul devoted to Bengali cinema. While many work for a living, he works for the betterment of the craft, aiming to take it to the international stage through his popularity. We've tried to advance Bengali cinema together.”

Actress Mimi Chakraborty from West Bengal added, “During the sweltering shoot, Shakib wore a suit without complaining once. That's why he is the beloved superstar of both Bengals. It's a pleasure to work with a dedicated co-star like him, which makes him everyone's favourite artist today.”

‘Toofan,’ directed by Raihan Rafi, portrays a gangster's story set in the 90s. This full-fledged action film will be released in over a hundred theatres across Bangladesh during Eid-ul-Azha.