Give us a brief background of your career as a TV anchor.
When I was working as the host of the show Bidaggon in BTV, I was asked to host a magazine show as well. I let the authorities know about my plans about anchoring Ajkal, a show which soon reached widespread popularity. You will find people talking about Ajkal, which aired from 1996 to 2001, even today. Ajkal was what truly bolstered my hosting career. The show had 35 episodes in total, and aired on a package-basis.
Who are your favorite television hosts?
Actually, I don't have any favorite hosts. I have tried learning from different television anchors from time to time. I learn by seeing, and I haven't been an assistant host to anyone. I refuse to host shows where I cannot provide input into the planning and execution.
Aside from television hosting, are you involved in any other work?
When I am working full-time as a host for a show, I do not involve myself in anything else. Other times I work in making advertisements, which have included Lizan Mehedi, Talukder Group of Industries, Ashiyan Group, Botanic Aroma, etc. I have been involved in commercial creation since 2001, and I don't want to branch into making serials or anything else. Aside from these I am also the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Presenters Forum.
From Ajkal you have moved on to hosting the magazine show Poriborton, which is also aired on BTV. Have you noticed any changes between these transitions?
My approaches to the two shows are similar. Just as I had creative control over Ajkal, I am involved in the planning and ideas regarding Poriborton as well. Through Poriborton we have attempted to bring out both the good and the bad of the society around us. We included songs and dance to add a touch of dazzle and glamour. Poriborton started from March 2015 and had 16 episodes so far.
How much popularity has Poriborton garnered compared to Ajkal?
I would say Poriborton received substantial response from the audience, something I wholeheartedly appreciate. The thing is, when Ajkal was on air, the only channel around was BTV. Now there are so many more TV channels, so people have other shows to watch as well. But even then, people choose to watch Poriborton because it brings a unique variety. Each episode revolves around a specific theme, and I believe that as long as the content is good, there is no reason why people will not watch the show.
Interviewed by Zahid Akbar
Transcribed by Shams Rashid Tonmoy