NATIONAL FILM AWARD 2011
Misha Shawdagar grabs awardCultural Correspondent
Misha Shawdagar has achieved popularity enacting in infamous roles in the contemporary Dhallywood films.
Shawdagar has also got the state recognition for the first time in his artistic career.
He has been named the best anti-hero jointly with Satabdi Wadud in the gazette notification of the National Award-2011
The villain has ‘grabbed’ the award for his performance in Mohammad Hossain’s Boss Number One, which also did good business against the backdrop of the slumped trade market.
‘I’m really happy to win the award. It will inspire me do better,’ a smiling Shawdagar, who is famous for his loud laughter on the silver screen, told New Age.
Misha Shawdagar also said that the state recognition will also make him more selective. ‘Now I will look for more challenging roles.’
A winner of the FDC initiated talent hunt programme Natun Mukher Sandhaney, Shawdagar emerged as a film hero in 1986. But, he became famous enacting infamous roles. ‘I began my career as a hero in Chhatku Ahmed’s Chetona. As suggested by the seniors later I decided to act in villain and got the success,’ Shawdagar said.
He first played the villain character in Tomizuddin Rizvi’s film Asha Bhalobasha.Misha Shawdagar became one of the most successful artistes in the industry. So far, he has acted in about 800 films. ‘As a villain, I’ve worked in record number of films which is about 800 hundred,’ he said.
Misha Shawdagar, however, claims that he has made change in the typical image of Dhallywood villain. ‘Usually seniors got popularity in villains who used to play the characters of masterminds of the crimes. But, I created a change in the trend enacting the villains in ferocious roles,’ Shawdagar said.
He does not even bother for enacting the negative ferocious characters, rather he enjoys his popularity in such roles. ‘I believe playing the villains is more challenging than enacting the role of a hero in the industry, which depicts heroes as stereotypically positive manner. The actors have more scope to attract the audience enacting villains,’ Misha Shawdagar said.
‘And it’s not the hero but the villain makes the film thrilling,’ he added.
Still some viewers claim that Dhallywood films are extremely harsh and graphic in terms of portraying negative roles. Explaining the reason Misha Shawdagar said, ‘Viewers like to watch such villains. It is also a common presentation in Hollywood and Bollywood,’ he said.
Misha Shawdagar at the same time believes that the industry needs to introduce the latest available technology. ‘But, the budget is the major problem,’ said Shawdagar adding, ‘In the slumped trade market everybody is trying to compromise with the budget. So, the required technological development is hindered.’
He also suggests Dhallywood should try to present something different and innovative to attract the wider range of audience. ‘Films featuring good story and action will definitely attract even the middle class people to cinema,’ he said.
‘But, for that we need new talents. New talented directors and artistes will definitely change the industry,’ Misha Shawdagar hoped.
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