New take on Tagore novel to open Bengali film fest

New take on Tagore novel to open Bengali film fest

Among the offerings at this year's Darpan Bengali Film Festival is Noukadubi (2011), an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Nobel prize laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

It is a well-loved story that has already been adapted for the big screen six times.

Veteran Tollywood actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, 50, stars in the latest version - a period drama about love and mistaken identity. He plays a doctor whose wife goes missing and he later falls for another woman.

Speaking over the telephone from Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, he says: "All the characters are more complex, more real, so that's the basic difference from previous adaptations."

He is not worried about comparisons because as he puts it: "People have forgotten about the old versions and for a new generation, it's a new classic. You can say it's a rebirth of the novel."

His confidence is not misplaced as Noukadubi is, thus far, the only sold-out movie of the festival.

Chatterjee will be present at the screening of the opening film at The Cathay today. The festival runs till Sunday with screenings at Cathay cineplexes and The Arts House.

The film was helmed by openly gay director Rituparno Ghosh, who died in May at the age of 49 after a heart attack. He had suffered from diabetes and pancreatitis.

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