Mumbai, Dec. 28 -- Not many know that film-maker Anurag Basu has directed the pilot episodes of popular soaps like Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kasautii Zindagi Kii and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki.
Now, Basu is returning to television with a Hindi adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's Chokher Bali, starring actor Radhika Apte. Since the script demands singing Rabindra Sangeet, Basu went out of his way to help Radhika learn two popular Tagore songs - 'Dariye achho tumi aamar' and 'Phule phule dhole dhole'.
"Though the soap is in Hindi, it required two Tagore songs to be sung in Bengali. Bengalis are very sentimental about Tagore songs, and mostly about the melody and pronunciation of the words. It was not easy for Radhika to learn it all, so Basu spent extra hours to teach her the minute details," says a source.
Radhika is not new to the language as in the past, she has done a Bengali film, Antaheen (2009). "Although, she had a hang of the language, singing a song needed extra understanding of the nuances of Bengali," reveals the source.
When contacted, Radhika confirmed the development, saying, "I really must commend Anurag's patience to make me sing two Bengali songs. He is the perfect teacher and director."