Mumbai: To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is bringing out a commemorative collection of six DVDs, titled ‘Tagore Stories on Film’.
The project was commissioned by Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The set comprises five films based on Tagore`s stories, plus two documentaries on the late poet`s life.
The DVD pack will be released on May 7, Tagore`s 150th birth anniversary.
Its consists of 1960`s national award winning Bengali film based on Tagore`s story `Khudito Pashan` (Hungry Stones), by Tapan Sinha, and the 1961 Bengali film `Teen Kanya`, directed by the legendary Satyajit Ray, which is based on three stories by Tagore – ‘The Post Master’, ‘Monihara’ and ‘Samapti’.
Another film is a 1961 Hindi film, `Kabuliwala`, directed by Hemen Gupta and featuring Balraj Sahni. ‘Ghare Bhaire` (Home and the World) (1984) by Satyajit Ray, which had received nomination at Cannes Film Festival for Golden Palm, too is a part of the collection.
The fifth film is Kumar Shahani`s 1997 film, `Char Adhyay`.
The documentary `Natir Puja` is a compilation of the available footage of a silent film that was directed by Rabindranath Tagore himself.
This was the only film where Tagore was directly involved in the production. Shot over four days on the occasion of his 70th birthday, the film features Tagore himself in an important role.
The second documentary is the one made by Satyajit Ray, in 1961, to celebrate Tagore`s Birth centenary.