Modelling or acting — whatever the medium, Romana has struck home runs on all fields. Her winning streak surfaced when she entered the celluloid world with Tauquir Ahmed’s “Jaijatra”; although her mainstream film début was much later in P.A. Kajol’s “Ek Takar Bou”. Romana’s confidence received a major boost with her mainstream inauguration — encouraging her to try her hand in several other ventures, the latest being Mostafizur Rahman Manik’s “Ma Amar Chokher Moni”.
Other films that await release are Bodiul Alam’s “Buk Phate Toh Mukh Phote Na” and “Ei Desh Tomar Amar” under the direction of F.I. Manik. Another movie that figures in her current schedule is A. Awal’s “Kachher Shotru”, where she plays opposite Shamrat. Romana terms the storyline of the film as appealing as it surrounds a college romance.
Romana is also ready to add a bright feather to her cap by acting in the title role of P.A. Kajal’s next venture, based on the life of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Romana informs that she urged the director to let her take on the challenging role as she is determined to prove her acting skills. The story has been written by Abdullah Zahir Babu and shooting will begin from July end at locations in Pubail, Sylhet and Dhaka.
Romana says P.A. Kajal took the initiative to make the movie on Mamata’s life. Romana will be portrayed as an idealistic grassroots level woman who finds her voice after coming to the city and eventually secures a seat in the Indian Parliament after much struggle. Preparation for the movie is adequate, Romana adds.
The actress says that while the silver screen is her main target she does sporadic TV appearances if approached to do so. Banglavision is currently airing a serial featuring Romana where she acts opposite Mahfuz Ahmed. She recently refused remuneration for her performance in a recent Chayanika Chowdhury TV play, as she had earlier promised the director her services free of cost for her first work with her. The audience will also get a glimpse into a different facet of Romana in a new Shokal Ahmed serial, titled “Terminal”.
Other popular plays featuring Romana include “Maachh Konya”, “Dohone Dorod”, “Kachher Manush”, “Shompurno Rongin”, “Hortoner Bibi”, “Shukher Lagiya”, “Daar Kak” and “Kanone Kushum Koli”.
An interesting, yet unknown angle of Romana is that she has released a music album that showcases her talent as a singer.
Shah Alam Shazu – Daily Star