After Bangladesh Television (BTV) started its own production, he acted in several television dramas . In the early 1990s, he explored other options and began working as a photographer. In 1997, after working as a photographer for about six years, he found a new passion as a director.
Between 1997 and 2004, Lavlu directed eight or nine[clarification needed] television films including Dichakrojaan (1997), Gahargachi (1997), Ekjon Aynal Lashkar (1999), Adhuli (2002) and Gor (2002). These works received critical acclaim and some have earned awards. These films share a common thread exploring the rural denizens of Bangladesh – a passionate topic for Lavlu. He believes television films about the villages of Bangladesh are entertaining because there is room for a lot of comedy. He also believes that, in a village, it is easier to find different types of characters because there are simple people with different kinds of personalities. Lavlu believes that these people form the basis for all the characters you will need to write a script.
In a recent interview Lavlu expressed why he is so attached to villages of Bangladesh.
The communities in villages are strongly-woven together. They are simple and transparent people with very little demands and very small dreams. And they have deep concerns for people around them and they are extremely hospitable. The people in the city however are the complete opposite. They are very individualistic. They have no concern for people outside their immediate family and friends. Moreover, most of the people living in the city have deep roots in villages and when they watch my productions, they can relate to the life style and the characters.
Since 2004, Lavlu has directed and acted in many different telenovelas. Ronger Manush (2004) was his first telenovela directorial début. Following its success, he pursued making more of them. Since then he has directed and acted in five telenovelas. Two of these include Vober Hat (2007) and Ghor Kutum (2008). Both of these telenovelas included the same stars, such as Mosharraf Karim and Chanchal Chowdhury (a favourite of Lavlu's, cast in most of his work).
Lavlu has also acted in and directed many television films including Goruchor (2007), Potro Milai (2007), Swapner Bilat (2007), Dholer Baddo (2008), Pattri Chai (2009) and Warren (2009).