In order to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore, Enlighten Film Society is all set to organise a film festival based on his novel and novellas and other short stories in Mumbai in August. However, as a prelude to the film festival, two films based on his works will be screened this May as a beginning.
"We will celebrate Tagore's birth anniversary by curating two films based on his texts in May, followed by a full-fledged festival in August," Enlighten Film Society founder chairman Pranav Ashar said. "The films that we will be screening this May are Bimal Roy's Kabuliwala (1958) directed by Hemen Gupta, and Kumar Shahani's Char Adhyay (1997). In August, we will provide a more detailed look at Tagore by including works by masters like Satyajit Ray and Tapan Sinha and contemporary artists like Rituparno Ghosh and Suman Mukhopadhyay. Kabuliwala will be screened on 20th May at the Godrej Theatre and Char Adhyay on 27th May at the Little Theatre, both at NCPA, Nariman Point Mumbai," he added.
"Enlighten decided to curate this festival both as an ode to Tagore, his literature, as well as his economic policies which create a politics that leads to the ethics of film production as well as literary adaptation," said Ashar.