Sanghamitra Chaudhuri has made her current film ‘Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath’ as a tribute to the bard on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary and it is quite appropriate that the film has been released in the week which had also has his birthday as one of the days. It is also the only film to be released till date in 2011 which is about the bard and gives us an inside peek in his life and tells about facts which were unknown to us till the other day. Another film which is soon to release called Noukadubi is not about Tagore but rather based on one of his short stories as was Teen Tanaya which was based on one of his poems.
The film is about a young group who decide to go to Santiniketan just for the heck of it as they have never been there before and have heard about it. They are complete technologically savvy and consider themselves to be hot and happening but are completely ignorant about Rabindranath.They accompany Abhijit Sen, a researcher who is like an elder brother to them and wants to make a documentary on Rabindranath.While visiting Santiniketan their entire outlook and views towards Rabindranath and their life change. They all take a deep interest towards making the film as they go deep into the greatness of the bard.
The film does not rely on the acting abilities of any of the actors , but has a different meaning altogether.Sanghamitra has made this film with the sole purpose in the year of the bard’s 150th birth anniversary to educate and inspire the youth of today who are completely ignorant about the bard and his contribution towards the society in general. This will also help to change their views and make them a little knowledgeable and also help to create values in them along while retaining their modern outlook at the same time. The film is a film within a film as it is based on Rabindranather Parolok Charcha’ by Padmasree Amitabha Chaudhuri.Sharmila Tagore has also been shown in the film as she is being interviewed in the film-within-film as being part of the Tagore household. A very interesting feature of the film is it tells us and shows us about planchette (a medium though which the living interacts with the spirits of the dead) which Rabindranath used to practice at various stages of his life which included his childhood and during the latter of his life after his son and wife predeceased him. It is believed he interacted with the spirit of Kadambari Devi, his sister-in-law who died at a very young age and was one of his several muses in his life. The film has been shot mainly in Santiniketan including Viswa Bharati (shows us quite a few things including his car which lies there) and also Jorasanko (again shows quite a few things including his bedroom etc).
The film seems more like a documentary rather than a normal film but does seem to educate quite a few of us and hopefully a few of the younger generation and make them aware of the great bard. We get to hear Tagore’s own voice on a number of occasions.
Sanghamitra does impress again after her last film ‘Jiban Rang Berang’ if not for anything else just for her efforts in presenting a side of Tagore which we were unaware of.