Titash Ekti Nadir Naam

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Titash Ekti Nadir Naam
Titash Ekti Nadir Naam DVD cover.jpg
A poster for Titash Ekti Nadir Naam.
Directed by Ritwik Ghatak
Produced by Habibur Rahman Khan
Story by Ritwik Ghatak (screenplay)
Advaita Malla Burman (the original novel)
Starring Golam Mustafa
Kabori Sarwar
Rowshan Jamil
Prabir Mitra
Rosy Samad
Rani Sarkar
Fakrul Hasan Bairagi
Farid Ali
Music by Ritwik Ghatak (music theme)
Ustad Bahadur Khan
Cinematography Baby Islam
Edited by Basheer Hussain
Release date
July 27, 1973
Running time
159 mins
Country Bangladesh
Language Bengali

Titas Ekti Nadir Naam (Bengali: তিতাস একটি নদীর নাম), or A River Called Titas, is a 1973 Bangladeshi film directed by Ritwik Ghatak.[1][2] The movie was based on a novel by the same name, written by Adwaita Mallabarman.[3] The movie explores the life of the fishermen on the bank of the Titas River in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.

Rosy Samad, Golam Mostafa, Kabori, Prabir Mitra, and Roushan Jamil acted in the main roles.[4] The shooting of the movie took a toll on Ghatak's health, as he was suffering from tuberculosis at the time.

Alongside Satyajit Ray's Kanchenjungha (1962)[5] 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).

In 2007, A River Called Titas topped the list of 10 best Bangladeshi films, as chosen in the audience and critics' polls conducted by the British Film Institute.[6]


Book cover of the English version of Titash Ekti Nadir Naam

A fisherman, Kishore, marries a young girl accidentally when he visits a nearby village. After their wedding night, Kishore's young bride is kidnapped on the river. On losing his wife, Kishore becomes mad. Meanwhile, his young bride fights with the bandits, jumps into the river and is saved by some villagers. Unfortunately, the young bride knows nothing about her husband, she doesn't even know her husband's name. The only thing she remembers is the name of the village Kishore belongs to. Ten years later, she attempts to find Kishore with their son. Some residents of Kishore's village refuse to share food with her and her son because of threat of starvation. A young widow Basanthi helps the mother and child. Later it is turns out that Kishore and Basanthi were childhood lovers . Director Ghatak appears in the film as a boatman, and Basanti's story is the first of several melodramatic tales.[7]


Screening of A River Called Titash in different festivals[edit]

  • 2017: Ritwik Ghatak Retrospective UK, at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland, UK, Programme curated by Sanghita Sen, Department of Film Studies, St Andrews University, UK [8]


  1. ^ "A River Called Titus (1973)". New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Deanne Schultz (2007). Filmography of World History. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 153–. ISBN 978-0-313-32681-3. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Sisir Kumar Das (1 January 1995). History of Indian Literature: 1911-1956, struggle for freedom : triumph and tragedy. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 299–. ISBN 978-81-7201-798-9. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Silver Jubilee, Bangladesh Film Archive celebrations, Events on the 2nd day, Ersahad Kamol, The Daily Star, June 11, 2004.
  5. ^ "An Interview with Satyajit Ray". 1982. Retrieved 24 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Top 10 Bangladeshi films". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 27 May 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Martin Scorcese's World Cinema Project on Blu-Ray". TCM.com. Archived from the original on October 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ [1]

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