Monday, March 29, 2010

Ghose to make film on Sufi poet

Renowned Indian filmmaker Gautam Ghose is here to finish work on his film Moner Manush, based on the life of 19th century Sufi poet and Baul music exponent Lalon Fakir.

Ghose says current social and political unrest inspired him to tell the story of Lalon Fakir, who spearheaded a social movement in the 19th century to unite Hindus and Muslims.

Legend has it that Rabindranath Tagore never met Lalon when the latter organised peasants against him, but his elder brother Jyotirindranath did. But Rabindranath Tagore in his 1933 London Hebart Lecture applauded him as a mystic poet who discovered 'soul' and the meaning of 'man'.

Based on Sunil Gangopadhyay's novel, Moner Manush has Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead role. This is Ghose's first Indo- Bangladesh co-production after the much-acclaimed 1993 movie Padma Nadir Majhi.

Full report here Sify

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