Victor Banerjee is now gearing up to play Rabindranath Tagore in Argentine filmmaker Pablo Cesar’s Indo-Argentine production, ‘Thinking of Him’. The film explores the poet’s relationship with Argentine writer and cultural activist Victoria Ocampo. Ocampo’s role is played by Argentinian actress Aleonora Wexler. “I am quite excited to play the role of Tagore,” says Banerjee.
Banerjee was chosen from among a list of stalwarts such as Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Ben Kingsley to play the role of Tagore in an upcoming Indian-Argentinian co-production , before director Pablo Cesar zeroed in on Victor Banerjee.
“Victoria had relationships with men of high intellectual caliber – physicists, scientists, philosophers. From Jorge Luis Borges to Albert Camus and Octavio Paz — all were more than acquaintances to her. However, she never loved or worshipped any person more than Tagore,” says Banerjee.
Ocampo, whom Tagore addressed in his letters as Bijoya, took care of the poet when he fell ill in Buenos Aires while he was sailing to Peru from Europe in 1924.
Tagore had to spend two months recuperating in a villa in San Isidro in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Tagore dedicated ‘Purabi’, a collection of poems and songs, to Ocampo.
Rabindranath Tagore (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913) was a restless and indefatigable globe-trotter. There is no doubt that he was a genius. Banerjee, who has acted in David Lean‘s ‘A Passage to India‘ (1986) and Satyajit Rays’ ‘Ghare Bhaire‘ (1984) among other Hindi and English movies, says that when Victoria met Tagore for the first time, she almost began to shake because it was as if she was meeting the greatest icon of her life.