Written by Rabindranath Tagore, Nouka Daubi which is a tale of four cross-wired lovers, gets a contemporary makeover in director Rituparno Ghosh’s film, by the same name. The film is produced by Ghai’s Mukta Searchlight Films and stars Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Raima Sen and Riya Sen.
Ghosh says, “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 a Chokher Bali.”
The film will have its World Premiere at IFFI Goa and will be the opening Film of the India Premier Section on 24 November. The entire cast and crew will be present for a limited screening for select audience including the Indian and world media.
The Film is slated for theatrical release worldwide in Hindi and Bengali by the end of January 2011.