Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: In the 9th Ruchi Odia Film Fair Award (OFA) held at Exhibition Ground in Bhubaneswar last evening, Tarang Cine Productions’ movie ‘Prem Kumar’ bagged the Best Film award.

Veteran actor Uttam Mohanty was conferred the Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to Odia film industry.

“I am obliged to receive the lifetime achievement award,” said Mohanty after receiving the award.

While Babusan Mohanty won the Best Actor Award, Shivani received the Best Actress Award. The Best Music Director Award was given to Prem Anand. The awards were given in 25 categories.

“I am lucky to receive the best actress award for Prem Kumar and I feel happy to take away the golden lady. I thank Odia Film Fair Awards, Tarang Cine Productions and all the members of Prem Kumar for whom I could achieve the feat,” said a delighted Shivani.

“I am happy to receive the award. At least 36-40 films were released in a year and Prem Kumar was named the best among them. I thank my team for the success,” said dialogue writer of the movie, Debidutta Mohanty.

Noted comedian Johnny Lever and the winner of Miss Asia Pacific 2018-19, Nibedita, graced the occasion as chief guests.