Kabuliwala, the iconic short story by Rabindranath Tagore, has been adapted into a feature film by director Deb Medhekar. Titled Bioscopewala, the film stars stellar actors such as Danny Denzongpa, Geetanjali Thapa, Tisca Chopra and Adil Hussain. Rabindranath Tagore’s short story Kabuliwala was released in 1892. The story follows a Pashtun merchant from Kabul, who comes to Calcutta for selling dry-fruits every year and while living in India he becomes friends with a five-year-old girl Mini from a middle-class aristocratic family as she reminds him of his daughter who lives in Kabul. The story of the film picks up from where Tagore had left it.
The trailer is poignant and evokes the same emotion of Kabuliwala — of pain, separation and longing. Even in the two-minute-long trailer, Denzongpa captures several stages of his life and he stands out in each of them. Danny,does a fine job at portraying the various emotions of the iconic character of kabuliwala even with minimal dialogues to deliver.
An extrapolation of the original Tagore story, Bioscopewala extends the story from where Kabuliwala ends. The trailer introduces us to a now grown-up Mini Basu (Geetanjali Thapa) and how she loses her father in a plane crash. In an attempt to reconnect with her childhood, she stumbles across her dead father’s old friend, who was the operator of a Bioscope show (hence, the name change) that she loved in her childhood. There are a number of poignant shots of a fascinated young Mini (Miraya Suri) playing around with the bioscopewala. The bioscopewala spends his days longing to meet his daughter who lives in the war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. Saddened by their loss, Mini takes it upon herself to reconnect this man with his daughter and unravels his mysterious character along the way.
Presented by Fox Star Studios in association with Star India, Bioscopewala is produced by Sunil Doshi and directed by Deb Medhekar. Also starring Tisca Chopra and Adil Hussain, it will release in theatres on 25th May 2018.