Ever since I heard about Moideen and Kanjana's love story, back in 2008 when I was just a wondrous and curious teenager who enjoyed never ending chit chats and back bench pranks, it has always made me wonder how could that happen in a very conservative society as in Mukkam. Moideen, being a boy from a very prominent Muslim family and Kanjanamala, a girl from a very prominent Hindu family in Mukkam. Well, love does not speak the language of religion is a very narrow reasoning, because in the real world it definitely does. Besides, Moideen and Kanjana lived in an era where the only means of communication was handwritten letters and long distant trunk calls.
I still remember that after noon lunch break in school when we had nothing to talk about, it was Jasmin who came up with this real life love story. At first, I thought it would be just another non ending philosophical shower where she is fond of shredding all her views and points as usual and was least bothered. By the time I started listening to the story, she had reached the conclusion. Out of my curiosity, on demand she repeated again and that was just a brief version. I must say, since then, this brief version of Moideen-Kanjana love story is the best story I have heard till date and would be remembered ever.
My brief version of their story begins like this;
As kids, Moideen and Kanjana were sent to the same school where they met. Exchanged their glances twice or thrice and one day suddenly everyone were surprised to know that they were in love. If anyone is to be blamed that would be destiny for sure, who knows, destiny should have some role in love as well. Otherwise, how would it be ever possible for two kids who knows very little about each other to fall in love all of a sudden. Over years their love grew stronger and one day Kanjana's family get to know about their affair and she was not allowed to leave the house anymore not even to meet her friends.
She led this life of imprisonment for nearly 25 years is what I heard. During this time, she was not allowed to meet Moideen even once, though at times they managed to exchange, more aptly, smuggle scribbles and small love notes through some common acquaintances and close friends. The specialty of these notes were that they were written in codes, as depicted in Thattathin Marayathu movie. Later Vineeth Sreenivasan made it clear that this scene was inspired from the real life love story of Moideen and Kanjana. Such a love where neither of them had seen each other in 25 years and yet were deeply in love, unlike today's love stories where breakups and patch ups are just a celebration and love is just a passing fantasy. My friend even added that not even a single time had they fought with each other. Can't even imagine how deep had been their relationship.
Though they decided to elope, they couldn't make it due to some family issues and emergencies like Moideen's father's demise. During this time Moideen wrote short stories, rose as a social hero, initiated and started charity foundations for the poor and helpless in the society. Though they both were getting aged, despite of the pressure from families side, neither of them got married to anyone else. They might had decided to live as it is until that day when the whole world would surrender in front of their love. But world or whatever natural force it is, might had envied their love. A mishap ended it all. Moideen was drowned in Chaliyar river while saving the victims of a boat wreck in Mukkam.
From what I heard, Moideen had saved almost everyone in the boat, unfortunately he could not save himself. Moideen's body was found from the river only after three days of the accident and when they got Moideen's body, both his eyes were eaten by the fish. After hearing this news, Kanjana decided to stop eating fish and her reason was “ Ente moideente kannukal kothiyedutha malsyam ini njan kazhikilla” (I would never ever eat fish which had bitten my Moideen's eyes). And its been another 25- 30 years and still she has never devoured fish.
Recently I have read in an article about Kanajanamala that she has told the reporters that, “When Moideen was alive, I lived a 25 years protecting our love and dreams and after Moideen left I have been living another 25 years to immortalize our love and to protect his soul”. Some life and love stories are like that, immortal in its own essence.
Kanjana leads a normal life, but as the unmarried widow of the love of her life. As she said she protects his soul and his vision by looking after all the pioneer charity foundations started by Moideen. She is still living and protecting Moideen's dreams, because if she doesn't do that it would be like surrendering to whatever force that has separated both of them. But they are brave and they would never sacrifice their love for anything.
Here ends my version of their real life love story. If you search around, you will also get many versions of their love story and soon the filmed version “Ennu Ninte Moideen” of their story would hit theaters. I am hopefully waiting for the flick, because in my words their love is yet another wonder. We say Shajahan carved his immortal love to a wonder Taj Mahal, if that is true then Kanjana is another living wonder who makes her Moideen immortal... :)