Big B as Tagore?
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has played the role of King Lear in director Rituparno Ghosh's celluloid adaptation “The
Last Lear”. But how about the actor essaying the role of Rabindranath Tagore?
Well, that could be a reality if the actor agrees to play the role in a proposed biopic on the poet to be directed by Ujjwal Chatterjee, said The Times of India newspaper.
The film, whose script and dialogues will be written by Javed Akhtar, will deal with the last 20 years of Tagore's life till his death in 1941, said the daily.
For the Tagore film, Akhtar had first asked Chatterjee to help him and it was decided that they would make a film out of the Nobel Laureate's novel “Shesher Kobita” with Priyanka Chopra in the role of Labonnya and Ranbir Kapoor as Amit Ray.
However, Priyanka's inability to give dates for shooting led Akhtar to do the biopic, said the newspaper. “We will see Tagore from the perspective of his son Rathindranath Tagore, his daughter-in-law Protima Tagore and C F Andrews who had worked with both Mahatma Gandhi and Tagore”, Chatterjee was quoted by the daily.
Akhtar said the story for the film is being readied by Tagore scholars William Radice and Nilanjan Bandopadhyay.
He said he would begin writing the script receiving the research material from scholars working at archives in Shantiniketan and other places.
The working title of the biopic is "The Sound of Silence": derived from hugely popular album of Paul Simon and Gurfunkel, the newspaper said.