Kolkata, July 30 (PTI) Tagore’s complex dance-drama ‘Rakta Karabi’, made into a film for the first time, has been chosen as the curtain raiser of the South Asian International Film Festival of Singapore in end-August. Also Read - Singapore's Changi Airport Pics: Inside World's Best Airport With Largest Indoor Waterfall

The festival authorities communicated to the film’s director, Amitabha Bhattacharya, that his ‘brilliant’ Bengali film would be screened as the official curtain raiser of the festival on August 26, 2017 in Singapore. Also Read - Singapore Reduces Foreign Workers Quota in Manufacturing Sector

The screening will be held in partnership with the Tagore Society of Singapore, chaired by Ms Dolly Davenport, the festival authorities said. Also Read - Planning a Trip to Singapore During COVID-19? Now, PCR Test Mandatory on Arrival

Bhattacharya told PTI that he was very happy at the news.

The film, featuring popular Bengali actor Mumtaj Sorcar in the role of Nandini, has the musical score done by Debojyoti Mishra while cerebral stage and film actor Kaushik Sen essayed the pivotal role of ‘Bisu Pagol’.

“We have tried to evaluate the present condition of society through interpretation of the text while conforming to the format and essence of the original,” the young director said.

Sorcar, who has also acted in some films in south Indian languages, said, “My character Nandini is a modern-day girl, a typical university-going kind, a revolutionary, definitely a Marxist, who is not bothered about fashion but how the country should be run,” Sorcar said Rakta Karabi, a highly metaphorical work, had been staged in the past by several famous theatre groups like the Bohurupee of all-time great Shambhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra.

Bohurupee’s was the first stage adaptation of the dance-drama back in 1954 while the latest stage presentation was made in 2010, directed by Goutam Haldar.

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