Saturday, December 29, 2007

Retrospective of Tapan Sinha films

38th IFFI-2007 witnessed with the screening of films of Tapan Sinha ,the veteran film maker. Four of his movies are being screened include his highly acclaimed film Kabuliwala., ‘Sagina Mahato’, ‘Adalt O Ekti Meye’ and ‘Aadmi Aur Aurat’ The film Kabuliwallah is based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore of the same name, the film is a touching tale of Rahmat Sheikh, a pathan who came from Afghanistan to Kolkata to make a living. However, he is homesick and seeks the company of children, particularly little girls as they remind him of his own daughter back home. One day he meets Mini, a five-year-old daughter of a writer, and they become great friends. The beautiful friendship that develops is suddenly interrupted by Rahmat’s being sent to prison for assaulting his landlord. Years pass, and when Rahmat is released, he goes back to see Mini. Still expecting to meet the charming little girl he had left behind, he is stunned to realize that he has reached on Mini’s wedding day and that she no longer recognizes him. He also realizes that his won daughter must also be of a similar age and tears well up in his eyes. Mini’s father presents him the money kept for the decoration of the house during the wedding and urges him to return as soon as possible to his house in Afghanistan .

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