A Rabindranath Tagore classic, Char Adhyay (Four Chapters), might soon be adapted into a movie script by National Award-winning director Raja Sen.
Right now, the filmmaker is busy with the post-production and dubbing for Laboratory, another Tagore work revolving round a scientist, a Sikh woman and her daughter, in Mumbai.
However, taking up Char Adhyay, which has as the backdrop the terrorist phase of the freedom movement, depends on whether Sen will be allowed to proceed considering that the title has already been registered years ago.
“I don’t know if the legal imbroglio can be solved. But I am allowed to take up the film in future,” says Sen.
Director Kumar Shahani had earlier directed Char Adhyay starring Nandini Goshal (Ela) and Sumant Chattopadhyay (Atin), but interpreted it differently.
“I don’t know if taking up Char Adhyay will be possible. My take will be different, based on the story about two lovers in the backdrop of the revolutionary phase of the 1930s. The story has intrigued me, both as a reader and a filmmaker,” says Sen.
Laboratory, Sen says, is slated for release this year, co-incidentally, the 150th year of Tagore’s birth. “Laboratory, a short story written during the late phase of his life, is different in character and technique from Gurudev’s previous short stories,” Sen points out.
The cast of the film includes Raveena Tandon as the Sikh woman, Sohini, Sabyasachi Chakraborty as scientist Nandakishore and Tollywood heroine Arpita Chatterjee as Sohini’s daughter Neela.
“It’s Raveena’s Bengali debut and she has done a commendable job grasping the subtle nuances of a strong multi-layered Tagore woman character and delivered the Hindi-Bangla mixed dialect befitting her role,” Sen gushes.
The director has directed Bengali telefilms based on Tagore’s stories, Nishithe and Manbhanjan. He finds the visionary’s works progressive, forward-looking and modern for their times, despite the setting of most of his stories dating back to the last century.
“That is why he is called a visionary whose words ring true at this age,” says Sen, who had directed Krishnakanter Will(Krishnakanta’s Will) adapted from a Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay classic, said. “When you take up classics by stalwarts like Bankim and Tagore, you are faced with a challenge to interpret the extraordinary story line, keeping the literary flavour intact,” says Sen.