Five Odia films in race for National Awards this year

By Debasis Barik

Bhubaneswar: Good news for Odia movie buffs, finally. As many as five Odia films have been nominated for the 62nd National Film Awards. Films from different genres such as ‘Adim Bichar’, ‘Krantidhara’, ‘Capital I’, ‘Bhaunri’ and ‘Suka Asuchi’ are in the race to get the most coveted award.

‘Adim Bichar’ is a film based on a century-old story written by Kapileswar Prasad Mohaptra, father of film director Sabyasachi Mohapatra. In the film, Mohapatra, who is known for making cinema with rich Odia culture, shows the life and times of tribal people and their commitment to live with principles despite many hurdles.

‘Krantidhara’, a feature film directed by Himanshu Khatua, portrays the life of a woman politician, played by Gargi Mohanty, when she faces the male-dominant society. Samaresh Routray, a National School of Drama (NSD) alumnus who has played a major character in the film, said he admires Khatua as a filmmaker and this time too he will show his Midas’ touch.

Odisha-based Amartya Bhattacharyya’s debut feature film ‘Capital I’, a coming-of-age film, narrates varied human emotions in a surreal way. The film has been entirely shot with a DSLR camera and has a very tight budget.

Another off-beat film ‘Bhaunri’, directed by Sudhanshu Mohan Sahoo, narrates the love story of a tribal boy and a tribal girl with a strong message – solving issues through non-violence. Ollywood actors Arindam Roy, Mihir Das and Manoj Mishra have played different characters in the film in which Bollywood beauty Bidita Bag has made her acting debut.

One more Odia film which is competing to bag the top award this year is ‘Suka Asuchi’, a feature film with a strong social message of how exploitation and ‘babugiri’ prevails in the mining areas of Odisha and how common people are paying a heavy price for it.

The movie has been directed by Sanjoy Patnaik and National award-winning Odia sound designer Subash Sahoo has designed the sound for it. “The movie has been made with the best of the business from Ollywood and Bollywood with a strong storyline, so we hope the audience will like it,” said an elated Patnaik who is set to debut as a director with this project.

The National Film Awards are being organised by the Union Directorate of Film Festival. The award function is scheduled to be held later this year.