Have you ever experienced anything on the so called “idiot box” that you thought spelled magic? Something that touched your heart, ignited your thoughts and soothed your soul? Well, last weekend I did…I was mesmerized…and trust me, I am not exaggerating.
I am talking about EPIC Channel’s Show “Stories By Rabindranath Tagore”…Stories that are like sea waves that caress and unsettle you at the same time. Feminism is the common theme across most of these stories and the characters are so beautifully crafted in Tagore’s words that it is hard to watch the show without being fully immersed. It is amazing how these characters from the yesteryear have still not lost their relevance in the modern day society. The thinking so progressive that it is directional even for the women of today. There is so much that I want to write about the themes of these stories, but I would rather refrain from doing that because I fear that this will give an impression that the show is yet another show only for women, which it is definitely not. It’s show about complex emotions, human psychologies and relations that transcends beyond eras, cultures, ages and genders. It is a must watch for anyone who is seeking to understand more than anything else his/her own thoughts and emotions….for anyone who finds it difficult to understand the definitions of right and wrong laid down by the societal norms.
While the stories are masterpieces in themselves, the credit of visually creating the era so well goes to Anurag Basu’s direction. Of Anurag’s work so far, across cinema and television if there is one that is a gift for the generations to come, it is this.
Indian literature is dying each day – suffocating under sheets of dust on the shelves of old libraries that have lost their appeal. Indians should feel indebted towards passionate directors like Anurag who are attempting to revive these masterpieces by adding a visual dimension to them.
If you revere Rabindranath Tagore,watch this show for him.If you are an Anurag Basu fan, watch this show for him. If you are a feminist watch this show to understand the difference between positive feminism and negative feminism. If you love to patronize a good work of art, watch this show for that.The reasons to watch this show are many, the reasons not to watch are none.
I am regretting missing the first few episodes, If you don’t want any regrets, make sure you watch the next one.