Danny Denzongpa as Lead Role

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Danny Denzongpa plays the lead in a film said to be inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s Kabuliwala.

After several baddie turns, Danny Denzongpa is getting ready to take on a lead role of a Biospcopewala in a film by the same name. After a schedule across Kolkata, the film’s team will head to Ladakh for 10 days in May.

The plot is said to be based on Rabindranath Tagore’s memorable 1982 short story, Kabuliwala. “Danny plays an Afghani who leaves his home and moves to Kolkata. Prosthetics will be used to show his character’s journey from that of a young man to a 70-year-old. The rest of the cast includes National awardwinning actress, Geetanjali Thapa, Tisca Chopra, and Adil Hussain,” a source from the team informed Mirror.

Tisca added, “The shoot has been on since a couple of months now. This character is special to me as I spent my growing up years in Afghanistan. I’ve worked hard on the part, even lost nine kg for it. My character transitions from 25 years to 50 so there’s a lot one can expect from her. After Kolkata and Ladakh, we may shoot in Afghanistan as well, I’m not sure when though. We will also take the film to international film festivals.”

Tagore’s Kabuliwala is the story of a Pathan immigrant from Kabul who sells dry fruits in Kolkata and befriends a little girl, in whom he sees a reflection of his own daughter back home.

There have been several screen adaptations of the heart-rending story over the years, including Hemen Gupta’s 1961 film featuring Balraj Sahni and Usha Kiran, the Tapan Sinha-directed 1957 Bengali film, and more recently, Soumitra Ranade’s animated adaptation, a fantasy retelling developed by the National Film Development Corporation’s Children’s Labs and mentored by three filmmakers from Europe — Mieke de Jong, Rasmus Horskjar and Anna Tamara Bos.