The Telegraph: Not all but many have moved on in India after the bare-knuckle general election of 2019.
Across the border, one person is still stuck to a footnote of the Indian elections. So are some of his films.
“At least four of my films are stuck and I feel bad about it as it is affecting my co-stars, the director and the producer,” Ferdous Ahmed, the Bangladeshi superstar, told The Telegraph during a chance meeting earlier this week at a café in Gulshan, the diplomatic enclave in Dhaka.
The 46-year-old actor had to abruptly leave Calcutta on April 15 after he was served a “leave India” notice for allegedly campaigning for a Trinamul Congress Lok Sabha poll candidate in Nadia.
“I feel worse when my daughters pester me to take them to Calcutta, which is their favourite city, and I just have to remain mum. The other day, my elder daughter told me that she has heard in her school that I cannot take them to India any more as I am banned from entering India. I felt so helpless,” said Ferdous, who has acted in over 50 Bengali films made in India.
The actor has two daughters, Nuzhat, 12, and Namira, 8.
“People ask me why I did it. It’s embarrassing… I am really sorry…. It’s true that I should have been more careful, but I never felt like a foreigner in Calcutta,” Ferdous said in his first extensive comments on the campaign controversy which had been indirectly raised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah during the elections.
The actor’s business visa was cancelled for allegedly campaigning for Kanaia Lal Agarwal, the Trinamul candidate from Raiganj.