Film fest features adaptations of Tagore’s works

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:53, Jun 28,2020


Stills from ‘Daakghar’, right, ‘Rajputtur’.

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has organised a virtual film festival featuring four films adapted from Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s works.

The films were produced by the academy marking the birth anniversary of Tagore.

The festival titled ‘Chalachitra Utsab 2020’ commenced on June 26 on the Facebook page of the academy with Tokon Thakur directed film, titled ‘Rajputtur’, based on Tagore’s ‘Shey’.

Rabindranath Tagore wrote ‘Shey’ for his nine year old granddaughter. ‘Shey’ is a ‘man constituted entirely of words’, who is rather talented at making up long stories. The stories revolve around the world of Shey’s extraordinary adventures. The readers encounter a bizarre cast of characters, grotesque creatures and caricatures of contemporary figures and events as well as mythological heroes and deities.

When contacted regarding the film, Tokon Thakur said, ‘Tagore’s work ‘Shey’ is a compilation of 15 short stories. I created the film ‘‘Rajputtur’’ based one of one of the characters in ‘Shey’ named Sukumar. Bhashwar Bandopadhyay played the character of grandfather in the film. I hope the viewers will enjoy it.’

Lucy Tripti Gomes directed film ‘Daakghar’, based on Tagore’s play with the same title, was streamed on June 27.

‘Daakghar’ revolves around a child named Amal who remains confined to home by an incurable disease. He spends his days beside the window and speaks with the passersby about the places they go. When a new post office is constructed near his home he imagines of receiving a letter from the king.

Sumona Siddiqui directed film ‘Madho’, inspired by Tagore’s poem of the same title, was streamed on June 28. Alok Basu developed the screenplay and dialogue.

The festival will end today with the screening of Abu Sayeed directed film ‘Bishwambhar Babur Daye’.

Masud Sumon, assistant director of cinematography of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, said, ‘The films were produced marking the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The academy had plans to make five films but four were completed.’

‘We held the festival online due to COVID-19 outbreak. I hope viewers will enjoy the event,’ added Masud Sumon.

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