Photo-Feature: Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's BIDEHIR KHONJE RABINDRANATH Shot in Santiniketan Premiere at Jorasanko Thakurbari Kolkata

By Subhomoy Mukherjee
WBRi Kolkata Special Correspondent

Shooting Still from Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath (Bengali, 2011)
Cast Having fun during Shooting of Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath
Rabindranath Tagore and Cast of the Tollywood Calcutta Bengali Movie
Tollywood Hero Abhishek Chatterjee
Shooting Still from Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath (Bengali, 2011)
Shooting stills and behind-the-camera fun - Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath (Bengali, 2011) - A film by Sanghamitra Chaudhuri

Calcutta, May 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bengali film-maker Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) “Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath” premiered in Kolkata on May 4, 2011. The date is of significance - the unit selected commencement of Kabipaksha (a fortnight of birthday celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore) for releasing the docu-feature film.

The uniqueness of the premiere was the venue - Jorasankor Thakurbari (the landmark home of Rabindranath Tagore in Calcutta) instead of popular cinema halls.

The spacious setting, which had walls adorned with photographic exhibits from Tagore’s life, created the ideal atmosphere for the film to be premiered.

All the cast and crew attended the premiere in traditional Bengali dresses to create the perfect ambience.

The story of the film revolves around a group of young boys and girls visiting Shantiniketan just for the sake of fun. They belong to a generation to whom life is just technology - cell phone, mp3 players and computers - and little else. They accompanied their elder brother, a researcher, Abhijit Sen.

But slowly things changed for good. Under the magic wand of the immortal poet and the Nobel Laureate, the youngsters start to appreciate Tagore and his work.

They make a documentary on Tagore, on a subject which many a Tagore fans are not aware of, based on an essay by Padmasree Amitabha Chaudhuri: "Rabindranather Parolok Charcha". They name their film Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath.

The director, Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, said that she wanted to make a special film to mark 150th birth anniversary of Tagore. She considered adapting his famous work “Bisorjon” initially but she was shocked by producers who turned her down, citing reluctance of the contemporary Bengali youngsters to watch yet another film based on a Tagore story. She then visited different colleges to try to get a sense of eagerness or lack thereof for Tagore, and decided to make a film which would make Tagore appeal to them.

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