Titash Ekti Nadir Naam

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Titash Ekti Nadir Naam
Titash Ekti Nadir Naam DVD cover.jpg
A River Called Titas
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
Music by Ritwik Ghatak (music theme)
Ustad Bahadur Khan
Cinematography Baby Islam
Edited by Basheer Hussain
Release dates
July 27, 1973
Running time
159 mins
Country Bangladesh
Language Bengali

Titash 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 Advaita Malla Burman.[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
Book cover of Bengali version

A fisherman, Kishore, marries a young girl accidental 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. Kishore became mad. She fights with the bandits, jumps into the river and is saved by some strange villagers. But she does not know her new husband's name or what he looks like, she only 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 her and her son because of the ever-present threat of starvation. A young widow whose name is Basanthi giving consideration to the mother and child. Kishore was the lover of Basanthi on childhood. Director Ghatak appears in the film as a boatman, and Basanti's story is the first of several melodramatic tales.[7]


  • Rosy Samad as Basanti
  • Kabori Sarwar as Rajar Jhi
  • Rowshan Jamil as Basanti's Mother
  • Rani Sarkar as Munglee
  • Sufia Rastam as Udaytara
  • Bonani Choudhury as Morol Ginni
  • Prabir Mitra as Kishore
  • Chand as Subla
  • Golam Mustafa as Ramprasad & Kader Milan
  • Ritwik Ghatak as Tilak Chand
  • Fakrul Hasan Bairagi as Nibaran Kundu
  • Shafikul Islam as Ananta
  • Chetana Das


  1. ^ "A River Called Titus (1973)". New York Rimes. 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 2009-05-24. 
  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. 

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