Veteran actor Victor Banerjee will be enacting as Rabindranath Tagore in the upcoming film Thinking of Him which is an Indo-Argentina collaborative project. Directed by Pablo Caesar, the film is going to start shooting soon. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the versatile actor about his role in the film. Excerpts..
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- You will be playing the role of Rabindranath Tagore in the film. How are you preparing yourself for the role?
Victor Banerjee- Rabindranath Tagore will be the same in the film- the same white beard, the same dress, the same mannerisms. What will be different is the way the person will be portrayed. This is not the way we think of him- as the Bard. But this is the way the people of Argentina see him as. Hence what I will have to do most importantly is to understand their ideas about Tagore and how they perceive him.
In West Bengal, we all cannot spend a day without Tagore. But see the rest of India is oblivious about him. It is also to be noted that despite this, he is so popular in a country located so far away even after so many years.
I have read the letters of Tagore so as to understand the relation that he had with Victoria Ocampo.
What made you say yes to this film? Was it the fact that you have been interested in Argentina’s literature and films?
Victor Banerjee- Who will want to miss the chance to play Tagore on screen? Not me!! Apart from that fact, yes, I have been much impressed with the way these people make films or write books. They are inhibition-less. What they feel is right, they will write about it. They do not think much about whether the work will be accepted or not. They have this courage which is so amazing. Russians also have this courage to do and say things they believe in. Pablo wrote a book in which he mentioned that humans were from other planets and they were initially amphibians. This is indeed amazing you see!!
People outside India are taking so much interest in Tagore’s way of education. But that has not become so popular in India. Why do you think is the case in India?
Victor Banerjee– Despite the fact that we are independent, we are still carrying on with the British system of education. The committing to memory and vomiting it on the paper continues even now. The people of Argentina and other countries have understood the importance of education system advocated by Tagore and hence they are so interested about him. Let’s see when the people in our country realize that.
The shooting of the film will be done in Shantiniketan, Argentina and France. We wish the ace actor Victor Banerjee all the best for portraying the Bard on screen!!
Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.
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