Mala Janha Cast & Crew
Jharana Das, Akshaya Mohanty (Kashyap), Sarat Pujari, Bhim Singh, Manimala, Pira Mishra
Release Date (Year)
December 10, 1965
Sriprasad Kanunugo, Akshaya Mohanty, Akshaya Mohanty (Kashyap), Arabinda Mishra
Upendra Kishore Das
Malajahna is a 1965 Oriya film directed by Nitai Palit starring Akshaya Mohanty (Kashyap), Sarat Pujari, and Jharana Das. The film deals with an unusual theme in seventies in rural India of love between a married woman and a young man.
Sati,the female protagonist of the movie,is forced into a marriage by her poor parents with a rich ugly old man living with a concubine. She finds the other way to overcome the mishap in her life when a young neighbor Nath develops love interest in her. Both finally leave the village and escape to Cuttack town. The conservative neighbors question their relationship. Sati, unable to bear the scandal concerning her and Natha, finally commits suicide by jumping into the river.
E Ranga Rahiba Nahin – Pranab Patnaik, Sikandar Alam, Nirmala Mishra – Binodini Devi
Rakata Tala Mala Khaira Pancha Kala – Akshaya Mohanty – Narashingh Mohapatra
The Project was started in 1962 with co efforts of Akshaya Mohanty & Akshaya Mohanty (Kashyap). Some friends of the duo like Sarat Dev, Sriprasad Kanunugo & Arabinda Misra also supported to over come the financial crises. After four to five days of shooting, the project stopped due to financial crises. In 1963 the erstwhile king of Alli, Ban Bihari Dev again poured money to continue the project.After 60 percent shooting of the project completed, the project stopped for another one year due to the same financial crises. At last Akshaya Mohanty sought help of the producer & director Dhira Biswal. He took the responsibility on his shoulder and the film released in 1965.
This poignant love story is narrated in the context of life in rural Orissa infested by superstitions,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.
National Film Awards(1965) -Certificate of merit for best Oriya film