Nostalgia! Check Out Rabindranath Tagore’s Kabuliwala in Bioscopewala!

Remember the ‘Kabuliwala’ story from your childhood hindi textbook? Here is the new Kabuliwala with a little more thrill!

By Nikita Dutta

May 23, 2018

‘Kabuliwala’, a story written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, was one of those which we loved since our childhood days. The story was set in the streets of Calcutta and revolved around the friendship between a Pashtun merchant from Kabul and a five-year-old girl Mini who belonged to an aristocratic family and reminds the merchant of his daughter. It instantly found fame and was picturized in Bengali and Hindi subsequently.




Now the story is making a comeback on Rabindranath Tagore’s 157th birth anniversary in an extended form with Bioscopewala featuring Danny Denzongpa, Geetanjali Thapa, Tisca Chopra, Adil Hussain and Ekavali Khanna in prominent roles. The story takes a new spin with the movie and it takes it a little forward from where it ends in the book. In the Kabuliwala adaptation with an attempt to give a fresh - modern take Tagore classic, Denzongpa is seen as the Bioscopewala, who seems to have breathed life into the fictional character, and National award-winning actress Geetanjali Thapa is the grown-up five-year-old girl. In the modern retelling, when a renowned photographer goes missing on a plane to Kabul, his daughter flies back to India to understand and solve the enigma of why he was going there which takes her to an  Afghani ‘bioscopewala’ released from the jail is the missing piece in the puzzle.


The Story Of The Trailer:


The trailer moves around Mini Basu who seeks to reconnect with her childhood memories after her father’s death in a plane crash. In a dramatic turn of events, she is reminded of ‘the Bioscopewala’, who happens to be her father’s old friend, and how she loved playing around him. Then begins the story of unraveling the mystery behind Bioscopewala’s daughter and her whereabouts while the war in Afghanistan rages. Thapa takes it upon herself and declares in the trailer that she will put every waking moment trying to find the story of the man who is such an important part of my life.




The two minutes long trailer is a delight to watch. It evokes the same emotions of pain, separation, and longing likewise the Kabuliwala in the story which revives our childhood memories. The character of much loved Kabuliwala is beautifully portrayed by Danny Denzongpa who truly did justice to the story. The poignant trailer captures several stages of the lead’s life and Danny stands out each of them. It cleverly sets up the premise of the movie pretty well, yet does not reveal a large plot. The dulcet background music is only adding more charm to the whole screen.


Cast And Crew:




The movie is directed by Deb Medhekar and is produced by Sunil Doshi. It is presented by Fox Star Studios in association with Star India and a Handmade Films production. The technical support in the movie comprises of director of photography Rafey Mahmood, sound designer Resul Pookutty and editor Dipika Kalra, among others. The title song of the film has lyrics by Gulzar and is sung by K Mohan and has music composed by Sandesh Shandilya.

Bioscopewala is one of those movies that looks like it’s shot very well and in a smart way. It was the only Indian movie in competition at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival under the Asian Future section. With that exceptionally magnificent team at bay, we all surely can expect Bioscopewala to be an enjoyable one. The movie is scheduled to be released on 25 May 2018 and we certainly cannot miss it!

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