Mr And Mrs Iyer are getting ready to reunite for another love story, this time based on the Tagore novel, Shesher Kabita (The Last Poem, 1929). It revolves around two iconic characters of Bengali literature, Amit and Labannya, who will be played by Rahul Bose and Konkana Sen Sharma. Sumon Mukherji’s Bengali film will flag off in April-May, wrap up by October, and should release this year.
“The timing is great since this year marks Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth centenary. It’s my first period film and it is wonderful that someone believes I can play such an important literary character who is part-Oscar Wilde part-Renaissance man, a Bengali aristocrat who, thanks to his travels abroad, is as comfortable with Keats as Rabi Thakur,” says Rahul. He points out that the profound transformation the Oxford educated barrister undergoes after meeting the young governess in a car accident, makes the character really exciting for him as an actor.
He admits that since Mr And Mrs Iyer (2002), 15 Park Avenue (2005) and Dil Kabaddi (2008), he has been dying to work with Konkana again, describing her as one of the most exciting actors in world cinema today. “Also, she is one of the nicest human beings I’ve known, so there’s a lot of comfort, trust and laughter on the sets,” he says. Meanwhile, Rahul has been offered three Bangladeshi Bengali films and has liked all three scripts. “One is excellent, the others very good,” he says. “I’d like to squeeze out time for at least one of them this year.”