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After having many Pakistani actors and actresses crossover to Bollywood, we now have a Bangladeshi actress making the journey. Popular Bangladeshi actress, Azmeri Haque Badhon will be making her Bollywood debut with Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Khufiya.”
The film also stars Tabu, Ali Fazal, Ashish Vidyarthi, and Wamiqa Gabbi in pivotal roles. Shooting for the film has already begun!
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Badhon was thrown into the limelight in the past year after the immense success of her film “Rehana Maryam Noor,” the first Bangladeshi film to be accepted to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The moving film directed by Abdullah Mohammad Saad told the story of a young single mother who is an assistant professor in a private medical college. She battled society by standing up against a male colleague making sexual advances toward students. Badhon connected with the role strongly as she too was in medical college and is also a young single mother raising a daughter, and of course, fighting the patriarchy.
“Rehana Maryam Noor” was Azmeri Haque Badhon’s second film. Previously she had worked on numerous television serials, such as “Choita Pagla,” “Shuvo Bibaho,” “Chand ful Omaboshsha,” “Rong,” and “Hijibiji Nothing.” Badhon fell into acting through her love of literature. She was a dentistry student at Bangladesh Medical College in 2006 when the call for a beauty pageant caught her eye — the winners of the pageant would get a chance to work in a film based on a novel by one of the country’s most well-known novelists, Humayun Ahmed (1948-2012). Coming from a conservative family, singing and dancing weren’t in her blood but as a fan of Ahmed, she took her shot. She was the second runner-up and she was able to meet her idol, but television came calling once they saw this lovely star on the pageant stage.
“In our society, working in the media comes with a stigma. My family wasn’t happy about it and there was a lot of pressure on me (to quit). I did a few projects here and there, but I never took it seriously. It was only in 2017, after having gone through many tribulations in my personal life that I decided to pursue my career seriously,” the young actress said in an interview.
Azmeri Haque Badhon is a stunning talent that has enraptured the world in her short career. The standing ovation the team received at the screening of “Rehana Maryam Noor” at Cannes is proof of her ability to touch an audience. With iconic films like “Maqbool,” “Haider,” “Omkara,” “7 Khoon Maaf,” and “Kaminey” under his belt, it will be interesting to see how Bhardwaj utilizes Badhon’s talent in “Khufiya.”
Nila is a freelance journalist and Clinical Psychology Doctoral student who was born and raised in New York City. There is very little she loves more than Harry Potter marathons, pizza, 90s Bollywood, bagels, falooda, and her family. She hopes to use her powers for good by spreading mental health awareness and positivity in the South Asian community through her love of writing.