MUMBAI: A biopic on the life of India’s first Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore is being developed and none other than Amitabh Bachchan has been approached to play the role of Tagore. The movie has been titled The Sound of Silence.
This is not the first time that a film has been made on the life of the late poet. The late Satyajit Ray had made a documentary on Tagore earlier. However, according to information available with Businessofcinema.com, the film that is being developed now, is based on the life of Tagore after he won the Nobel Prize and it deals with his life at Shantiniketan. It will be a perspective of the students like Indira Gandhi, Satyajit Ray etc. who studied at Shantiniketan.
Bachchan has been approached to play Tagore in his older age. The film will be directed by Ujjvwal Chatterji, who has earlier directed films like Escape from Talibaan and Laal Salaam; produced by Kirshnedu Sen; whereas Javed Akhtar will be penning the script, dialogues and lyrics for the movie.
Speaking to Businessofcinema.com, Akthar said, "Yes we are working on the film but it’s a bit early to talk about it right now. However, I can tell you that this film will be about the later period of Tagore’s life, when he was in the process of developing Shantiniketan. It’s about his life at Shantiniketan. At present, we have a vague idea of how we will develop the film and a lot of research is being done on the same."
Chatterji adds, "The film will be a perspective of all the famous students who studied at Shantiniketan like Indira Gandhi, Satyajit Ray etc. This biopic will portray many sides of the creative and intellectual giant. Right now, we are busy with research work. As soon as we are through, Javed-ji will begin writing the script and dialogues besides translating the lyrics of Geetanjali for the film."
"The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is also extending its help for the research along with poet Shankha Ghosh, painters Jogen Chowdhury and Subhaprasanna, writer and activist Mahashweta Devi who will also offer valuable inputs on Tagore," adds Chatterjee.
The film is likely to go on floors by the end of this year.