Starring Danny Denzongpa, Geetanjali Thapa, Adil Hussain and Tisca Chopra, director Deb Medhekar’s first feature film Bioscopewala release this Friday. The film is an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s most beloved short stories Kabuliwala.
An important aspect of Tagore’s story is the relationships between the characters which are genuine and non-judgemental. Although inspired by Kabuliwala, the story in the film is set in a different time period which is the early ’80s and Danny Denzongpa plays a bioscopewala instead of the dry fruit seller that Tagore wrote about.
Producer Sunil Doshi had the idea and was in search of a filmmaker to execute it back in 2016. Writer-director Medhekar then took the essence of Doshi’s idea — a cinema hall owner in Kabul during the Taliban era who becomes a bioscopewala in India that travels, sings, and influences a little girl — and adapted it further.
According to the 36-year-old ad filmmaker, Deb Medhekar, his feature debut is a homage to the art of cinema. Bioscopewala is a meta film with commentary on cinema through cinema. Narrated by a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker Minnie, the film becomes a tribute to cinema as we explore what role the bioscopewala and storytelling has played in her story. Medhekar says, “The main commentary in the film has to do with a regime that crushes creativity and…how creative expression will find a voice and a way even in such times.”
Presented by Fox Star Studios in association with Star India and produced by Sunil Doshi, Deb Medhekar’s debut feature Bioscopewala releases on 25th May.