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Grand son of Upendra Kishore Das has tattooed on his arm’Malajanha’

Malajanha (The Dead Moon) is a 1965 classic Odia film, which won National award. Based on the novel of the same title by Upendra Kishore Das and directed by Nitai Palit- Malajanha failed at the box office when it was released- probably because it was way ahead of its time both in terms of the content and funding.The plot of Malajanha centers around a young girl Sati who is forced into marriage with an ugly old man living with a concubine. The marriage eventually ends in tragic separation and Sati finds shelter with Nathanana, her childhood friend. The relationship between Sati and Nathanana is one of strong emotional bond though neither has ever spoken out to the other about the intensity of love. Sati, unable to bear the scandal concerning her and Nathanana, finally commits suicide by jumping into the river. This poignant love story is narrated in the context of life in rural Orissa infested by superstations, narrow caste prejudices and acute poverty. Women were like slaves with no mind and choice of their own and child marriages were widely prevalent. The agony and suffering of Sati may be seen as essentially related to the social evils that afflicted contemporary rural Orissa.JharanaDas had essayed the role of Sati while Akshya M0hanty Kashyap was  act as Nath Nana,
Rachit Kirtiman is the great grand son of Upendra Kishore Das. His grand mother Jasodhara was Upendra Kishore’s daughter. Rachit wanted to carry the memories of his grandmother and also his family’s legacy. He asked his grand mother to write ‘Malajanha’ and tattooed that on his arm. Jasodhara died last October.
This is for the first time I found somebody tattooing on one’s body the name of a film/novel as a family legacy and also to remember one’s grandmother.
Interestingly the poster of Malajanha carries the same handwriting in its title. I noticed the similarity and asked Rachit – whether the title was written by his grandmother. He did not know. But the similarity is uncanny.

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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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