Cassian Baliarsingh

The Tarang Cine Flix Conclave, the biggest ever regional cine conclave, got off to a colourful start and garnered a massive response on the second day on Sunday as well. The two-day conclave being organized in Bhubaneswar by Tarang Cine Productions to celebrate the journey of regional cinema is getting a thunderous response from all quarters.

While 10 regional movies were screened on the first day, at least three mind-boggling movies -- Dhusar (Marathi), Prakant (Bengali) and Helaro (Gujarati) -- are lined up for screening on the second day.

The second day of Odisha’s first such film festival, which focuses on taking regional cinemas to a new level, will also witness brain-storming discussions by legendary filmmakers and noted personalities.

Veteran actor-director and producer Amol Palekar, National award-winning director Hansal Mehta and many other well-known and award-winning film personalities are scheduled to grace the occasion today.

Samar Pratap Nayak, Founder, Olive Ridley Media, said, “I consider myself a budding, learning filmmaker. The event was very insightful for me. I got to learn a lot from yesterday’s session and hopefully will learn a lot more from today’s session.”

Nayak further said, “It is one of its kind event being organized for the first time in Odisha. It really feels great that an Odia channel is taking the initiative for such a great cause. Speaking about entertainment, Odisha had become an eco-chamber. But, this conclave has helped us to get an insight of Malayalam, Telugu and many other regional industries. This was very very essential for our filmmakers,” he added.

Thanking OTV for the wonderful initiative, actor Manoj Mishra said, “I’m grateful and want to thank Tarang, OTV for such a wonderful initiative. This was much needed for Odisha in the present scenario. We also have talent, and potential to take our films to the global level.” “We are no longer beyond or less than anyone. So, this festival was the need of the hour,” he added.

Similarly, Ranjan Satpathy, Creative Head, OTV said, “There is nothing like Art cinema, Commercial cinema anymore. Only things that matter are content-based cinema and good cinema, freshness in story and the techniques used to present the cinema.”

Satpathy went on to add, “Regional movies are no longer bound by language or region. Good regional movies are also being accepted well. Through this programme, we are hopeful that Odia cinemas will also soon reach new heights and Odia cinemas are also screened everywhere so that everyone feels proud to be an Odia.”

Similarly, Sajan Agrawal, MD, Evergreen Tea, who was among the guests heaped praises on OTV and Tarang and said, “I had come here with my kids to watch a Haryanvi movie. I was astonished that Haryanvi movies are so good. Many people did not even leave their seats to attend nature’s call because the movie was so good.”

“I whole-heartedly thank OTV for such an amazing Tarang Cine Flix conclave. This is a great boost to the development of Odia cinema and industry. It is our bad luck that our movies are not doing so well despite having great artists. I pray to Lord Jagannath that our Odia movies also do well and the halls are full of audience all the time. Let, the Odia culture thrive,” he added.

Similarly, Praveen Agrawal, MD, Balaji Coconut Oil said, “This is a praise-worthy initiative by OTV and Tarang. You can watch eight movies in a single place. Such film festivals are usually conducted in other states, but this is the first time such an event is being held in  Odisha.”

“I’m thankful to OTV for reviving the Odia movie industry that was dying a slow death. This will go a great way in reviving the Odia film industry. Our directors and producers can learn a lot from this programme and make wonderful movies in the Odia industry,” he added.


(Reported by Prasanjit Ray, OTV)