MUMBAI: Rituparno Ghosh’s Noukadaubi is slated to release on Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th anniversary, which falls on 6 May,2011.
Producer Subash Ghai decided to release the film on that day as a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore, since the film is based on his work.
Noukadubi will release in Bengali and Hindi and is a tale of four cross-wired lovers. Ghai said, “ It’s an honor to be associated with this film which lends itself so beautifully with the legends work. We have also decided to dub it into Hindi. We showed the film to Gulzaar Saab, and he loved it. He would be doing the translation of the lyrics of the songs for the mainstream Hindi speaking audience, but there will be no change in the orchestra track or the tune in the original, to retain the sanctity and essence of the film. Also since May 07, is Tagore 150th birth anniversary, we felt it would be the best way to pay our tribute, since the film is based on his work." Ghosh said, “The idea of making a film on Noukadubi germinated while we were shooting for Abohoman. I would discuss with Titoda (Dipankar De) if there’s any place for Bengali literature in popular cinema because there’s a tendency to classify any literature-based film as an art film. Noukadubi has to be seen from the point of that period’s conventional morality. Chastity plays a major role in the film. Morality is very important. A new bride who has lived with another man over a period of time returns to her husband. I felt Noukadubi has all the ingredients of a mainstream, rather popular, film. It’s basically a tale of wife-swapping — a couple is separated and there’s a lot of melodrama. Noukadubi won’t have the complicated narrative of Chokher Bali.”
The film produced by Ghai’s Mukta Searchlight stars Bengali superstars Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Raima Sen and Riya Sen.