tagore: An Indo-Argentinian film explores Tagore’s relationship with writer Victoria Ocampo | Bengali Cinema News

Argentine director Pablo César’s Indo-Argentine film explores Rabindranath Tagore’s relationship with Argentine writer Victoria Ocampo. Having read the French translation of Gitanjali, Ocampo idolized Tagore and when he fell ill while visiting Buenos Aires in 1924, she is said to have taken care of him. The film stars Victor Banerjee as Tagore and Argentinian actress Eleonora Wexler as Victoria. It also stars Raima Sen and Hector Bordoni in key roles.

Pablo Cesar recreated the Tagore-Ocampo encounters from real history. Speaking about his experience filming in India, Pablo César said: “It was a unique experience to film in India. I have known India since 1994, although it is difficult to know all of India. But over the years I have come to understand a lot about the idiosyncrasies and behavior of people from many places in India, a country that I personally admire.

Speaking about the film, Victor Banerjee said, “The film is about what Victoria Ocampo thought of Tagore, not what you and I think of Tagore. As part of my preparation, I had to understand how she really felt about him as a woman and as an intellectual. She was half his age when they met, but there was something beyond simple admiration in their relationship. It was, of course, Victoria who organized Tagore’s first art exhibition in Paris in 1930.”