RBN Web Desk: Popular Marathi actress Vaidehi Parshurami is all set to play Rabindranath Tagore’s love interest in a new film which is slated to go on the floors in September. The film will be directed by Ujjwal Chattopadhyay.
According to popular knowledge, Tagore had stayed in the house of eminent doctor Atmaram Pandurang in Mumbai (then Bombay), sometime in the late 1870s before leaving for Britain to study law. Atmaram was a close friend of the bard’s elder brother Satyendranath, who believed that the young Rabindranath would pick up some British etiquette by staying with the doctor’s family, which was quite anglicized.
During his stay in Mumbai, Atmaram’s daughter Annapurna returned from Britain, and was appointed by her father to teach English to Rabindranath. Annapurna was 20, and Rabindranath 17, and a deep platonic relationship developed between the two. The bard gave the name Nalini to Annapurna, which none except he was allowed to call. She, however, used the name in many of her writings and was later in touch with Rabindranath through the exchange of letters.
Atamaram, however, was against their relationship probably because of cast differences.
The film, titled Nalini, will have actor Saheb Bhattacharya playing the young Rabindranath, while Vaidehi Parshurami has been cast in the title role. The film is being produced by Priyanka Chopra and will be a trilingual project in Bengali, English, and Marathi.
According to sources, since monsoon plays an important part in the film, some scenes will be canned in July. The makers have reportedly got the nod of Visva Bharati to shoot the film.
Ujjwal had earlier directed Utthaan (2006) and Swabhoomi (2013).