Remembering the legendary Rabindranath Tagore on his Death Anniversary.

‘Chokher Bali’ (2003)

Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s famous novel of the same name. The plot weaves around a widow Binodini’s mental growth. How she doesn’t suppress her feelings about being a widow also and experiences different shades of life and grows mentally and emotionally. You can also relate to all the shades of traditions that suppress a woman’s sexuality and the unique bonding between two women which stand still against all odds and prevent things from falling apart. And it also shows how women can be a support to the other rather than being a brutal critic.

‘Charulata’ (1964)

In 1870s India, Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee) is an isolated, artistically inclined woman who sees little of her busy journalist husband, Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee). Realizing that his wife is alienated and unhappy, he convinces his cousin, Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), to spend time with Charulata and nourish her creative impulses. Amal is a fledgling poet himself, and he and Charulata bond over their shared love of art. But over time a sexual attraction develops, with heartbreaking results.

‘Kabuliwala’ (1957)

Based on Tagore’s short story of the same name, it portrays a beautiful bond between Rahmat, an Afghan dry-fruit vendor and a little girl Mini who often reminds him of his own daughter in Afghanistan. The friendship metaphors a reconciliation between the material and spiritual needs of a foreigner who is also a father to a little girl. This is a classic which shows how beautiful a relationship between two unknown can be.

‘Ghare Baire’ (1984)

This is a Satyajit’s Ray directorial a person who is a reckoning in the film industry. “Ghare Baire” is an excellent piece of art and beautifully portrays a women’s emotions and love. It is all about the love triangle of Nikhilesh, his wife Bimala and his friend Sandip. The growth Bimla experiences in her personality after she realizes the budding love for Sandip is portrayed beautifully in the novel and the film both. Soumitra Chatterjee, Victor Banerjee and Swatilekha Sengupta’s acting in the central characters is brilliant. It beautifully pictures the inner connection between the two.

‘Elar Char Adhyay’ (2012)

This is based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel ‘Char Adhyay’ written in 1934. The story revolves around India’s freedom movement in the mid-thirties and highlights the political situation of that period. It questions the blind adherence and nationalism of young intellectuals and revolutionaries towards a leader.

Anubha Rani

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