Two Masters One Text

Somdatta Mandal

in Filming Fiction

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075936
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081851 | DOI:
Two Masters One Text

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Ghare Baire (1916), written by Rabindranath Tagore in the diary form of narrative, is a complex work of fiction. Embedded in it is a historical moment of the swadeshi in Bengal around the years 1903 to 1908, a period when the very foundations of imperial administration in India was rocked by Indian nationalism. This chapter explores how Tagore and Satyajit Ray grappled with Ghare Baire, placing it in the politico-historical context that gave birth to nationalist struggles in India and how Ray's film adaptation of the novelistic text resulted in shifting emphases. Joy Gould Boyum has argued that, in a film adaptation, one inevitably deals with two interpretations, one by the filmmaker and another by the author. The chapter concludes that every adaptation is, ultimately, an interpretation.

Keywords: Ghare Baire; Rabindranath Tagore; Satyajit Ray; interpretation; film adaptation; Joy Gould Boyum; India; nationalism; swadeshi

Chapter.  3978 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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