Rashmi Rekha Das

Eminent film producer and journalist Alaya Mohanty passed away while undergoing treatment at a Bhubaneswar-based hospital on Tuesday. He was 65. 

He had shot to fame after producing art films like Sunya Swaroopa and Asha. 

His movie Sunya Swaroopa based on Mahima cult was adjudged the Best Feature Film in Odia at the 44th National Film Festival in 1996. The film also bagged awards in five categories in Odisha State Film Awards including best film and best direction.

Tele soaps Balighara and Marichika later added feathers to his cap. 

After his death news spread, many artistes and politicians paid last visit to offer tribute to the departed soul.

His daughter Trupti Mohanty said, “My father was my best friend. He was a fighter. He used to help needy people facing problem for treatment in hospitals. He was a creative person. His movie Sunya Swaroop broke many records.”

Mayor Sulochana Das said, “It’s an irreparable loss for journalism and Odia film industry. He had earned kudos for making offbeat movies. Above all, he was a good human being. Today he became silent. He will be missed forever.”