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Ghawre Bairey Aaj teaser: Aparna Sen's modern take on Tagore's early 20th century story

The film features Anirban Bhattacharya, Jisshu Sengupta and Tuhina Das in the lead roles.

Roushni Sarkar

Aparna Sen’s upcoming film Ghawre Bairey Aaj (2019) takes inspiration from Rabindranath Tagore’s 1916 novel, Ghare Baire. The film features Anirban Bhattacharya, Jisshu Sengupta and Tuhina Das in the leading roles while Anjan Dutt and Rwitobroto Mukherjee play crucial roles.

The teaser begins with Brinda (Das) introducing herself. In a flashback, a visual from her childhood comes on screen as Brinda says her name was Bimla a long time ago.

This part of the introduction creates confusion in terms of the accent with which Brinda says her name. Also, the change of name creates some mystery. In the original story, the character was called Bimala.

Aparna Sen has also changed Nikhilesh’s name to Animesh (Bhattacharya). Animesh is editor of a digital news platform and introduces himself as Brinda's cold-hearted workaholic husband.

The teaser creates more anticipation as the Bengali Sandip from Tagore’s novel has changed into Sandip Jha (Jisshu Sengupta).

Sandip’s bilingual dialogue hints at the love triangle that remains at the core of the story, but it also seems pretentious because of the mixed languages.

Referring to the original story set in the period of the Swadeshi movement, Sandip says the complexities of marital relationships have remained the same over the years.

As the visuals suggest, Sandip, a childhood friend of Animesh, has probably been turned into a Maoist here. The friends meet after long years and it changes the course of the relationship among the three.

There are snippets of political hostility, Sandip getting cornered and passionate moments between Sandip and Brinda, while Animesh seems to be lost at the turn of events and, at the end of the trailer, asks his wife in despair whether she loves Sandip.

The story of Ghare Baire is familiar to the larger audience, a well-known film on the novel having been made 35 years ago by the great Satyajit Ray with Victor Banerjee and Soumitra Chatterjee, but the teaser doesn’t give away much information about Aparna Sen's 21st century interpretation. Watch the teaser below:

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