Syed Shamsul Huq (b 1935) is one of the most productive and active literary figures Bangla literature has ever seen. Excluding his huge volume of plays, poems, verse plays, stories, essays and other writings, the number of only his novels is about to touch 50 i.e. a half-century.
In an exclusive interview with VOa Bangla Service, Syed Shamsul Huq, the prolific writer does not agree with the notion that Bengali plays in Bangladesh are lagging behind. He thinks that there has been enormous progress in poetry and plays after the liberation of Bangladesh. Instead, Syed Huq, says that the novel in Bangladesh has not progressed far. He does not think that TV Dramas or Soap Operas are proper dramas as such. To him, a play acted on the stage is a real play.
He says that through drama, since the liberation of Bangladesh, they have been speaking for people in general and have been experimenting with plays. He says that the theaters in Bangladesh have been exploring different aspects of Bengali plays including the verse-plays.