In a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary, TV stars will come together to make a film based on his short story, Kabuliwala. Kabuliwala has been made into a Bollywood film in the past (starring veteran actor Balraj Sahni), but this time it is being re-made for a contemporary TV audience.
In the short film, TV actors Ronit Roy and Sakshi Tanwar play a couple whose daughter befriends an Afghani who has come to Mumbai. Veteran actor Shahbaaz Khan plays the Kabuliwala. Rohit Roy produces the film that will be helmed by Pankh director Sudipto Chattopadhaya. Sudipto was quoted as saying, “The story is inspired by Kabuliwala but it has a twist to it as the setting is
contemporary. It is not a TV serial but a short film meant for TV, like the ones done by HBO.” The director said, “The film will first go to film festivals and will then be shown on TV. Since Rabindranath’s 150th birth anniversary is approaching, it’s our tribute to the man who has inspired generations.” He added: “It will show the prejudice we still harbour on the basis of religion. The wife is played by Sakshi Tanwar and she suspects a man who comes from Kabul to be a Taliban terrorist.”