Bhubaneswar: ‘Adima Bichara’ won the Best Odia Feature Film award at the 62nd National Film Awards announced in Delhi today. Four other films in the race for the coveted award were ‘Krantidhara’, ‘Capital I’, ‘Bhaunri’ and ‘Suka Asuchi’.
Adima Bichara, directed by internationally-acclaimed Odia filmmaker Sabyasachi Mohapatra, was selected for its strong portrayal of a tribal community whose enabling humanism shows a way out of pettiness and prejudice.
The movie is based on a century-old story written by Mohaptra’s father Kapileswar Prasad. Mohapatra, best known for making cinema with rich Odia culture, had earlier helmed popular films like ‘Bahudibe Mo Jaga Balia’, ‘Sabu Mayara Baya’, ‘Bou’ and ‘Sala Budha’, among others.
The most prestigious film awards of the country were announced by the chairpersons of the three juries in the categories Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema. President Pranab Mukherjee will present the awards to the winners at a glittering function to be held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on May 3.