Swastika Mukherjee, Srijit Mukherji give thumbs up to Suman Ghosh’s Bengali film Kabuliwala

Kabuliwala. Images of Swastika Mukherjee (L) and Srijit Mukherji (R) by Avishek Mitra/IBNS | Kabuliwala Poster (C) by SVF PR Team

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Kolkata/IBNS: Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee, filmmaker Srijit Mukherji have heaped praises upon Suman Ghosh’s recently released Bengali film ‘Kabuliwala’, which is based on Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s short story.

The film stars Mithun Chakraborty, child actor Anumegha Kahali, popular actors Abir Chatterjee and Sohini Sarkar in the lead.https://www.youtube.com/embed/7AGb7WgcbIU?si=cC_OZGGV5qnWGzdz

Speaking to IBNS, Swastika, who recently watched the film at West Bengal film centre Nandan, revealed she became “emotional” while watching it.

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“I cried a lot. I got very emotional. Everyone acted brilliantly. Mithun-da was so good,” Swastika said, managing to control her tears.

Srijit, who was also present at the hall, shares, “I loved it a lot. It is highly recommended. Classic revisits have a lot of disadvantages like constant comparisons as the the names of some of the stalwarts like Tapan Sinha, Chhabi Biswas, Balraj Sahni are associated with it.”

“I think Suman has done full justice to it. He has done an outstanding job,” the National Award winning filmmaker added.

Suman Ghosh with Anumegha Kahali | Image by Avishek Mitra/IBNSSuman Ghosh with Anumegha Kahali | Image by Avishek Mitra/IBNS

Mithun Chakraborty takes the center stage in the role of Rahmat, a character that resonates across generations, promising to rekindle the emotional warmth that touched hearts years ago.

The tale of Rahmat, set against the bustling cityscape of Kolkata in 1965, unfolds as an Afghan man’s paternal love overflows for a little girl named Mini.

Portrayed by Anumegha, the film explores the universal themes of love that knows no boundaries, transcending both geographical borders and cultural divides.


Abir Chatterjee and Sohini Sarkar step into the roles of Mini’s parents, enriching the narrative with their compelling performances.

The film had its initial release in West Bengal on December 22.

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Previously, Tagore’s story was adapted four times, twice in Bengali and as many times in Hindi, on big screens.

The first Bengali adaptation, which starred eminent actor Chhabi Biswas, was done by Tapan Sinha in 1957.

In 1961, Hemen Gupta made the first Hindi adaptation starring Balraj Sahni in the lead.https://www.youtube.com/embed/fSIl39TGvFs?si=W-zJLGt4-a08AHzJ