Proposal is on the pipeline to make a film on Tagore soon

Kolkata, April 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Rabindranath Tagore created history and brought great honor to himself and to his beloved nation, India, when he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 for ‘Gitanjali’. He was little known outside Bengal till he translated his inspirational poems (Gitanjali) into English and presented them in Europe.

The reason as to why Tagore’s poems had such a deep impact on the Europeans’ minds was because after World War I, in 1910, they were looking for some spiritual support; Tagore translated ‘Gitanjali’ into English and presented to them at the right time of their need.

This year, in 2011, the great poet’s 150th birth anniversary will be celebrated on May 7. To mark this occasion and give tribute to the bard, Sangeeta Datta, a film director-producer of Indian origin based in the United Kingdom, said that she is planning to make a film on Tagore’s life. According to her, this is an appropriate time for the same because it coincides almost with the date of the great event of his winning the Nobel Prize which completes 100 years in 2013. She will focus on that part of Tagore’s life which he spent in England when his life changed suddenly after him winning the Nobel Prize in 1913. It will be an Indo-British film showing how Tagore influenced the mindset of the Europeans through his poems, bringing to them the spiritual heritage of India. The poet received instant acclaim after he translated his poems into English; it was like an overnight catapult to fame in London through those who valued literature. The West welcomed him with open arms when he moved in their territories to give his lectures.

Sangeeta Datta manages the Stormglass Productions based in London and is very ambitious about the whole project. She is currently approaching people who can finance the movie the title of which is yet to be decided.

Sangeeta’s debut feature film is ‘Life Goes On’ which is released recently. The actors in the movie are Sharmila Tagore and her daughter, Soha Ali Khan along with Girish Karnad, Neerja Naik, Om Puri, Mukulika Banerjee, Stef Patten, Rez Kempton, Aria Gitanjali Banerjee Watts and Christopher Hatherall. The response she received from the audience for this movie has encouraged her to make her next film, this time based on the life of Rabindranath Tagore. ‘Life Goes On’ is an adaptation of ‘King Lear’ by Shakespeare with a happy ending. The London Asian Film Festival and the Pravasi Film Festival in New Delhi awarded ’Life Goes On’ as the best feature film. The songs in the film are from the repertoire of Rabindranath Tagore.

Sangeeta is still searching for the actors for her new project. She says there will be two look-alikes of Tagore, one acting for the poet in his youth around twenty years age and one when he won the Nobel Prize at the age of 52 years. When asked why she chose to make a film on Tagore, her reply was that she has been strongly influenced by literature throughout her life.