Kolkata: Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's immortal poem "Hotath Dekha" will soon be made into a film under an Indo-Bangladesh joint production, with a cast drawn from the two countries.
The film's director, Reshmi Mitra, said that shooting would be done extensively in Bangladesh and Birbhum district in West Bengal. "The dialogues retain the resonance of the poem and we have recreated the period look of 1938," she told PTI.
Boasting a formidable cast, including Debasree Roy, Shankar Chakraborty, Tulika Basu and Ilias Kanchan (India) and Munia Yusuf Mimi, Azhar J S Himi (Bangladesh), the narrative requires the characters to speak in verses.
"We have sought to incorporate several important issues of the bygone times including female education and the general condition of women in the feudal set-up and the women who came out of this," Reshmi said.
She said that the storyline involves two characters who meet in a train compartment after many years of their first encounter.
The film, produced by known Bangladeshi production house Impress Telefilm Ltd and two Indian producers, has been shot in Chittagong, Mymansingh, Dhaka, Rangamati in Bangladesh and in several parts of rural West Bengal including Birbhum district where Tagore was primarily based.
The film has Rabindrasangeet and Baul songs rendered by popular Bangladeshi Rabindrasangeet exponent Rejwana Chowdhury Banya, Anupam Roy and Kartik Das Baul.
"Music plays an important part in the movie since there are shots of vast expanse of rivers, a typical sight across the borders," the director, who had previously made two films, said.