Ritwik Ghatak

A River Called Titas

A River Called Titas

The Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak’s stunningly beautiful, elegiac saga concerns the tumultuous lives of people in fishing villages along the banks of the Titas River in pre-Partition East Bengal. Focusing on the tragic intertwining fates of a series of fascinating characters—in particular, the indomitable widow Basanti—Ghatak tells the poignant story of an entire community’s vanishing way of life. Made soon after Bangladesh became an independent nation, the elliptical, painterly A River Called Titas is a grand epic from a director who has had a devoted following for decades.


A River Called Titas was restored in 2010 by the Cineteca di Bologna /L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with the Ritwik Memorial Trust, the National Film Archive of India, and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Additional film elements provided by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv. Restoration funded by Doha Film Institute.

Film Info

  • Ritwik Ghatak
  • Bangladesh
  • 1973
  • 156 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Bengali
  • Spine #687

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A River Called Titas
Cast
Kabari Choudhury
Rajar Jhi
Roushan Jamil
Mother
Prabir Mitra
Kishore
Ritwik Ghatak
Tilakchand
Rani Sarkar
Mungli
Sufia Rustam
Udaytara
Rosy Samad
Basanti
Golam Mostafa
Ramprasad/Kader Ali
M. A. Khair
Basanti’s father
Shafiq Islam
Ananta
Narayan Chakrabarty
Moral
Magan Sardar
Sirajul Islam
Credits
Director
Ritwik Ghatak
Written by
Ritwik Ghatak
Based on the novel by
Advaita Malla Barman
Executive producer
Sanwar Murshed
Producer
Habibur Rahman Khan
Producers
Chowdhury Fayez Ahmed
Director of photography
Baby Islam
Editors
Basheer Hussain
Editors
Abu Taleb
Editors
Mahabubur Rahaman
Original music
Ustad Bahadur Khan
Original music
Hossein Khan
Art director
Munshi Mahiuddin
Assistant directors
Fakrul Hassan Bairagi
Assistant directors
Abdul Zalil Mintu
Assistant directors
Tamijuddin Rizvi
Assistant directors
Amjad Hossein
Sound
Amjad Hussain
Lighting
Nannu Mia
Lighting
Mohit Kiran
Makeup
Mohammad Shahjahan
Makeup
Rebati Das
Singers
Dheeraj Uddin Fakir
Singers
Rathindranath Ray
Singers
Nina Hamid
Set photographer
Sunil Aamin

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