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Littin plans to make film on Tagore

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Kolkata, (UNI): World renowned Chilean film maker Maguel Littin, whose latest blockbuster The Last Moon has created ripples in the world movie, would soon make a film on Rabindranath Tagore as his first Indian venture.

Speaking to UNI after the screening of the award-winning movie in the ongoing Kolkata Film Festival, the Chilean Director, who lived in exile in West Asia for several years during the regime of Ausgustinho Pinoche before returning to his own country in early 1980s, said though he knew ''very little'' about the literary genius of Rabindranath Tagore, he was very impressed about the ''long bearded personality'', when he first heard and read about him during his last visit to India a few years ago.

''Since then I have been cherishing the idea of making a movie on the life sketches of this great personality,'' Mr Litting said, but did not elaborate his plan further.

Asked about his latest movie The Last Moon, which revolved around the basic human sentiments that prevailed in Palestine before it was occupied by the Israelis after the Sinai war, Mr Littin regretted that enmity had now replaced the soft touches among the people living in the region.

''I tried to depict the plight and sorrow of the Palestine people, who were evicted from their own land by the Israelis with support coming from the West and the USA through a touching story of Abdullah and his family, '' the Chilean Director said.

Incidentally, Mr Littin first shot into fame not by making any successful movie or as a filmmaker, but by writing a sort of travelogue entitled ''Clandestine in Chile'' detailing his retry into his own country in disguise.

''During the secret rendezvous I have discovered a lot of similarities between what was happening in West Asia or in some parts of Latin America in terms of political upheaval for the past so many years, '' he stated.

Incidentally, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee had translated the South American best seller in Bengali under the title of ''Chilite Goponea''.

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