Love can happen to anybody, did you know that Rabindranath Tagore had once fallen in love with his teacher and went on to immortalise her in one of his poems? Yes! It is true. In 1878, when he was 17 and staying with Dr Atmaram Pandurang Turkhud at his Mumbai-home, Tagore fell in love with his 20-year-old daughter, Annapurna. She had just returned from England and since she was conversant with English etiquette and the language, she became his tutor. As the classes progressed, an intimacy developed between the teacher and her young student. Well, a lot more about his romance is to be revealed through a film and international superstar Priyanka Chopra is the producer of this film.
After ‘Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi’ in Bhojpuri, ‘Ventilator’ in Marathi (which bagged the National Awards for Best Director, Best Editing and Best Sound-Mixing), ‘Sarvann’ in Punjabi, the yet-to-release Sikkimese film, Pahuna and Goan film, ‘Baywatch’ superstar Priyanka has agreed to produce a Bengali- Marathi film, ‘Nalini’. The film is based on Rabindranath Tagore’s love life. “It was a platonic love story and the film will narrate it from the point of view of a young student, who visits modern-day Santiniketan and sees a picture of Annapurna captioned ‘Nalini’,” National Award-winning director Ujjwal Chatterjee said. Adding on “When we met Madhu Chopra (Priyanka’s producer mother) around two years ago, they wanted to know how much of the story was factually accurate and true. I showed them my research and they agreed to produce the film.