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A River Called Titas (1973)

Titas Ekti Nodir Naam (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 27 July 1973 (Bangladesh)
A 1973 Bangladeshi film it describes the life of the fishermen on the bank of the Titas River in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.

Director:

Ritwik Ghatak

Writers:

Advaita Malla Burman (story) (as Advaita Mulya Barman), Ritwik Ghatak (script)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Farid Ali Farid Ali
Fakrul Hasan Boiragi Fakrul Hasan Boiragi ... Nibaran
Narayan Chakraborty Narayan Chakraborty ... Moral
Banani Choudhury Banani Choudhury ... Moral ginni
Chetana Das
Ritwik Ghatak ... Tilakchand
Abul Hayat ... Thakur
Shafikul Islam Shafikul Islam ... Ananta
Sirajul Islam Sirajul Islam ... Magan Sardar
Abul Khair Abul Khair ... Basanti's Father
Khalil Khalil ... Sadar Miah
Prabir Mitra Prabir Mitra ... Kishore
Golam Mustafa Golam Mustafa ... Ramprasad / Kader Miah
Golam Rabbani Golam Rabbani
Sufia Rustam Sufia Rustam ... Udaytara
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Storyline

A fisherman, Kishore, marries Basanti when he visits a nearby village. After their wedding night (during which the couple is almost too shy to speak), she is kidnapped on the river. When she is found, she has amnesia; although Basanti does not remember her new husband's name or what he looks like, she remembers the name of his village. Ten years pass before she attempts to find him with their son, who sees his mother as a goddess. Some residents of Kishore's village refuse to share food with Basanti and her son because of the ever-present threat of starvation.

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river | based on novel | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

India | Bangladesh

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

27 July 1973 (Bangladesh) See more »

Also Known As:

A River Called Titas See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (35 mm version)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alongside Satyajit Ray's Kanchenjungha (1962) and Mrinal Sen's Calcutta 71 (1972), Titash Ekti Nadir Naam is one of the earliest films to resemble hyperlink cinema, featuring multiple characters in a collection of interconnected stories, predating Robert Altman's Nashville (1975). See more »

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Instructive how not to make films
31 March 2018 | by TarsitiusSee all my reviews

Again an uneatable work by Ghatak.At least for the Westerner, who does not have much of a clue about Hindouistic mythology and the life style of the Bengali people. Confusing. Contains scenes where someone tells short stories. Deterrent for good film making. Hitchcock would have not liked.

I tried to remember pieces of seeming senseless conversation parts. I could for one: "I knew a man who could recite the whole Mahabharata ..." Would you embrace and be impressed by a Western film wherein you hear someone stating: "I know a man who knows the whole Bible by heart"?

These may be cultural relativity. But filmmaking should not be dependent so much on it, especially its technical aspects. I have hardly ever seen a worse photography, a worse soundtrack. When the scenery consists of a talking group of people, we see them occupying the lower third of the frame, the lower limb cut off. About half of the frame is filled by the sky! No sort of surrealism or experimentation or exxageration.

The sound in the mostly open air, natural village background sounds shouting like if recorded in a narrow hall.


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