Bhubaneswar:12/3/19(BY ASHOK PALIT):.Manmohan Mahapatra back as a director of new odia film ‘‘ VIJA MATIRA SWARGA’’ after seventeen year, this film is being produced under the banner of Akshya Parija Production. Manmohan has directed twelve feature films, out of which eleven are in Odia language. He has been considered by critics to be a pioneer in the ‘New Wave’ movement of Odia cinema, single mindely pursuing his effort for good cinema. His films have survived the ‘ravages of consumerism’ devouring Odia cinema for the last three decades. He has also directed telefilms, teleserials and documentaries. His films have won nine (9) National Awards and also many major State Film Awards. It may be mentioned that one of his films has won the first technical National award (Best Cinematography [B/W]) in the context of OdiaCinema. Some of his film has been screened in the ‘Indian Panorama’ section of the IFFI in the respective years as well as being shown abroad in festivals at USA, Italy and Germany. In 2002 odia film”MUHURTA directed by him had awarded Mohan Sundar Dev Goswami award as best film in Odisha State Film award hosted by Department of Culture ,Government of Odisha.Like all other odia film of Mahaptra’s opening shots seek to establish the apparent peace and concord of the village. The much idealized picture of the village as a place of beauty and serenity, of harmony with one’s neighbors and with the land itself, is suggested very clearly in the opening shots, Manmohan’s creation of the visual image that the village becomes palpably real even smells and the warmth of the breeze seem to be perceptible. The lush greenery, the ponds, the winding paths, the cattle silently grazing and the dogs sleeping, the clucking of hens and the old men sitting gossiping in the forecourt of the ancient temple all help to create an atmosphere that would substantiate the idealized picture of rural beauty. His latest film ‘ VIJA MATIRA SWARGA’’also establishes the apparent peace and concord of the village. Set against the backdrop of a remote village in Odisha, the film gradually unravels the hopes and despair, motivations and attitudes of the characters, linking their behaviour to the social totality of which they are a part of.
The film‘ VIJA MATIRA SWARGA’patiently observes the characters, watching them go through intriguing moments, encountering them in their own way. Sakuntala, a widow, is worried about her only son, Aru, who is yet to get a job and settle down in life. Aru who has been making efforts fails to make it. However, he gets a call to attend an interview for a good placement in a known firm, in Bhubaneswar. On meeting Smita, near the backyard of her house, Aru informs her about the interview. She hopes that this time Aru shall succeed by the grace of God. She is also aware that her parents are bent upon to get her married as soon as possible. She knows that once he gets a job, then Aru’s mother could come to her parents with a marriage proposal. Even she has not told about her affair to her mother; as they would enquire about his present status, his work etc.Meanwhile, Raghu suddenly passes away, Smita’s marriage is finalised elsewhere, Aru also had to take up a temporary job, hoping to search for a better one later. Aru after learning about Smita’s marriage finalisation elsewhere sends her a voice mail, in which he mentions among other things that perhaps what happened had to happen, but then life won’t stop…. Life shall go on.
‘ VIJA MATIRA SWARGA’ stars Mihir Das,Bijayani Mishra,Gargi Mohanty,Mahesh Bhol and child artist Preetiranjan Das.The technical crew of this film includes produced by Akshya Kumar Parija,screenplay by Ashutosh Mahapatra, camera by Dilip Ray,Musis scored by Kishloy Roy,story and dialogue is being penned by Nadalal Mohapatra,audiography by Anup Mukherjee,Sasibhusan Mohapatra has edited the movie,costume by Bhagaban Pradhan,makeup by Banchinidhi Pattnaik and Mantosh Mahapatra has worked as production designer. This is the 12 odia film directed by Manmohan Mahapsatra. After completing his studies in FII, he made his first feature film, “Seeta Raati” in 1976, which could not be completed till 1980, due to financial problems. This film won the ‘Rajat Kamal’ in the National Film Awards in 1982, it also happens to be the first Odia film to be selected for the prestigious ‘Indian Panorama’ section of the International Film Festival of India, New Delhi.