‘Krantidhara’ first Odia film with sync sound

By Debasis Barik

Bhubaneswar: Himansu Khatua, the National Award-winning Odia filmmaker, has become the first to make an Odia film in complete sync sound. His highly acclaimed film ‘Krantidhara’, which releases this month, uses this latest technique of sound mixing, something that has become routine for Bollywood film makers.

Speaking to Odishatv.in, the filmmaker said, “This is the first Odia film with sync sound. The entire film has been edited on line on the spot. Most of characters are village people,” said Khatua, who has made several award-winning films such as ‘Sunya Swaroopa’ and ‘Kathantara’.

“It was not easy to record the actual ambiance with lots of noise and crowd during shooting, but all credit goes to my sound designer Bhabani Mallick, who made it possible as he has a got great command over his craft,” the acclaimed director said.

When we asked the film’s sync sound designer Mallick about the feat, he said; “Though it was challenging, the overall experience was highly satisfying after seeing the number of awards and appreciation the movie is getting from across the country.”

In reply to a question whether he was expecting a State Film Award in ‘Sound Designing’ category for this socio-political film, the director said; “Our jury members should recognize the new techniques of film making like sync sound, which is now a crucial aspect of film making as this technique makes the film more real and natural compared to others which are simply dubbed at the post-production level.”

“Though I respect the decision of our jury members, there should be a proper preview screen or theatre for films which are made using new techniques,” demanded the FTII alumnus.

Samaresh Routray and Gargi Mohanty play the lead roles in the film along with actors Debasish Patra, Pushpa Panda, Bijaylaxmi, Rinky, Asutosh and Prakriti playing the other major roles.

The film has been made under the banner of Kadambini Media Pvt. Ltd. Ajay Mishra edited the film.