Ashraful Alom Saeed is immensely grateful to social media. It’s what’s made him the star he is today, helping him see his big dream come true – that of being famous. “Signing autographs and posing for photographs are my most favourite things,” Hero Alom, as he is better known, as, tells us from Dhaka. His next stop? Bollywood. “Bollywood, if it happens, will be a dream come true. I want to do a romantic action flick like Salman Khan. Even better, if I get to act with him someday,” he says.
The man is so busy that it took us two weeks to track him down for an interview. “I don’t want to miss being published in India,” he tells us happily.
For a man, who rose to fame after a bunch of his unintentionally hilarious music videos went viral on social media, he knows exactly what it takes to be a star. He has sung a rap song and has produced over 500 music videos. “I know how to strike a chord with everyone,” he says. Tough to believe, yet last month, his videos recorded 10 million views, a feat
sometimes impossible even for Bollywood stars.
How did he crack the formula for being famous? “Facebook did the trick for me. I used to be a CD seller but had always dreamt of being a superstar. Today, becoming one isn’t so difficult. The world is just a fingertip away,” he says.
A favourite target for online trollers, his retort to memes is simple. “I am living my dream and they are not. I have a huge female fan base. They write letters to me from all over the country, saying how much they want to work with me. More than anything else, I have a loving wife at home. I can’t be thankful enough for the life I have.”
While never having been to India, he closely follows Bollywood. “I’ve never been there, but the place seems like home. I love Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. For each of my videos, I would watch their videos a hundred times over to pick up the steps. Among the dancers, I love Mithun Chakraborty and Madhuri Dixit. I can watch her dance to ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ on loop,” he tells us, adding that he has always had B-Town aspirations.
‘Just dream big’
His career graph can at best be called bizarre; but calls it ‘bismayakara’ (phenomenal). With two Bangladeshi films in his kitty, he feels his rise to fame is a legend-waitforit-dary story (Okay!) “People say you need good looks and good physique to be a star. I believe you need to have faith and dream big. If you really want something, it will happen for you. I can believe that I am considered a star here but I feel wonderful when people in India and Pakistan send me congratulatory messages,” he says.