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Down The memory Lane: Odia film “RAASTA” Last Film of Debu Bose

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debuda History in Odia Cinema as well in Indian Cinema that eleven Chartered Accountants and a Cost Accountant acted in the feature film “RAASTA” together for the first time and that to appeared together along with the veteran actor Debu Bose. History created along with  Debu Bose (Debu Daa) is an honor and achievement for team Rasta”
I came to know him in the year 2004 during the shooting of DD Classic “SWAPNA”, I was driving him to the set t Cuttack and dropping him back at his home. Such a gentleman with lots of devotion and involvement, I had ever seen. We shared many emotions and sentiments of Odia cinema and can undoubtedly say cinema was in his blood, he was living with that. I relocated to Overseas soon after that shooting ………. since 2004 to 2014 there was no communication.
During the shooting of “RAASTA”, I was interacting with our director and recalled Debu Daa, requested him to approach Debu Daa to appear on a guest appearance. He said Debu Daa will not agree, I said nothing wrong in approaching so please have a word with him or connect me, reluctantly, he asked his assistant to call him and connect me but Debu Daa surprised me by recognising my voice…. Instantly said the CA Actor (usually he calls me the CA Actor because he finds it as a rare combination) when I asked him whether he could recognize me. I was speechless thinking that how can somebody so confident about a voice after ten years of detachment……that was his strength on peech control and voice recognition. With lots of suppositions I said, if he would not mind I would like to ask for a favor, he said, why should he mind…….,abruptly I started, we are shooting a Movie and need his blessings with his appearance in a guest role, he asked about the date and time of shooting. I said sorry….this afternoon…. I was bit worried that he may say why did not I approach him in advance but with a smile he said organise to pick me from my home. That winsome smile, simplicity and sober approach once again mesmorised me….….., being at CA institute and meeting with CA’s he had expressed his special weakness about the profession and with immense pleasure interacted with each and every CA’s present there and all most all CA’s cherished his company……
A great soul departed to attain the eternity……. RIP.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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