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Don’t shout like a fool: first try to know which Odia film was in 66th edition of the National Film Awards

BHUBANESWAR: 15/8/19 There are hues and cry in both Print and social media of Odisha when no Odia film got selected in any category of 66th National Film Awards which were announced by the Directorate of Film Festivals recently. But none of the journalists was able to project which four Odia film was in 66 National Film award. Even some critics came forward commenting “The essence of Odia films is getting lost. Filmmakers and artists must focus on good content but that is not happening. Films shouldn’t be made for the sake of making one. An original idea and good content will help the industry flourish.”

The Directorate, under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, announced the awards for films made in 2018. Four Odia films out of 35 made in 2018 were sent for screening but none made it to the nominations for the final awards. Four films were Manmohan Mahapatra’s ‘Bhija Matira Swarga’ ‘Kokoli’ by Snehasis Das.  ‘Pheria’ by Mihiranjan Acharya,Jeebanara Chalapathe by Soumyakant Khandei .

However, none of these was nominated for the awards by the five-member panel that was headed by film director Vinod Ganatra (Chairman)-  His DEBUT feature film HEDA-HODA (BLIND CAMEL) travelled about 58 International Film Festivals world over and won many Awards, Monalisa Mukherjee (Member )film producer and director based in Mumbai, Namasrri (Member)– Kannada actress and producer.She is founder of “NEWLUKCINEMAProductionCompany,Akashaditya Lama (Member):  is an Indian film director and scriptwriter based in Mumbai, Suraj Kumar Duwarah (Member):  is a cinematographer based in Guwahati,Assam .

Sabyasachi Mahapatra,an Odia Film Director who was in the central panel of the feature films jury, said none of the four Odia films could match the quality set by the Directorate for National Film Awards.

It is interesting to note that just two and three years back those who came to Odia film industry comments “We hardly make films that can compete with films from other regions. To be heard, it is also necessary that four to five good films are made every year,”

To aware about the five odia film which was participate in 66 National Film  awards here we given details  synopsis and requested so called critics and film makes came forward and justified that following Odia films lack an original idea and good content.I salute director Manmohan Mahapatra,Snhesis Das,Soumayakant Khandei and Mihirranjan Acharya for their excellent work and an innovative idea  as well as Producer Akshaya Parija,Sunil Das, Soumayakant Khandei & Snhesis Das




Sakuntala, a widow, is worried about her son Aru, who is a researcher. She thinks of getting him married as soon he gets a job. Smita, who lives in the same village, has an affair with Aru. She too hopes that as soon as Aru gets a job, his mother could send a marriage proposal to her parents.

Aru gets an interview call which he decides to attend in Bhubaneswar. He goes to inform about it to Raghu Dada, who had been a dear friend of his late father. Raghu who lives alone, spends away his time with his friends Naba & Sapani, attending the evening ‘Sankirtan’ sessions and plays the ‘patience’ game with a pack of cards. Raghu is waiting for his son and his family to come down and stay with him for a few days before they leave abroad. At times, Raghu talks with his dead wife in his lone moments.

Set against the backdrop of a remote village in Odisha, the film gradually unravels the hopes, despair, attitudes and motivations of the character, linking their behaviour to the social totality of which they are apart.




Kokoli sukhua (dry fish) is a delicacy in Odisha, and more so in South Odisha. The film Kokoli is an audacious attempt to bring the climate emergency to the fore. With a powerful script, the film tries to weave three subplots into one – personal, between Kokoli & Raju (the hero and the heroine), community (in the neighbourhood dealing with Kokoli’s unwed mother) and the social change (with the social change agents Deepak and Sujata). more about climate issues.

The plot of ‘Kokoli’ follows the lives of fishing community members of Nolia Sahi who are happy and content, selling shell products to tourists and other villages of Odisha. Even Nolia Sahi is under serious threat because of global warming.




PHERIAA revolves around five characters. First of all five characters have been shaped as per the Pancha Bhoota. Prakash is Sky. He is idealistic and aims as high as the sky. You can mark him wearing a blue T-shirt marked as Sky. Jyoti, his wife is the next Bhoota – Bhoodevi or Earth.  She is tolerant, a good mother, a good wife. Even she embraces all her sorrow to her heart. This is an Odia film and Odisha is known for its rich tribal culture. Pheriaa as a crime thriller also depicts marriage and death, these two inseparable rituals are always there in Indian life. Therefore many great films have marriage scenes or death scenes and there is a marriage scene in this film too. Here, a girl is getting married to a dog. This is a unique tradition which is seen in tribal parts of Odisha, Chattishgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar. This is a very colourful scene in the film and the movie also demonstrates how Naxalism has become an important part of Tribals in Odisha.

Jibanare Chala  Pathe


As Ramahari Mohapatra retires as a head clerk,  the journey into post-retirement life unfolds his struggle along with that of his family members.  The baggage of honesty is too heavy for his children to carry. At the one side, he experiences the bitterness of all his relations and on the other side, he also encounters people who never forget to return his favour. He never hesitated to exhaust his entire provident fund for the treatment of his now-deceased mother while he still lives in a rented a house. Right now meeting his son’s private education a distant dream for him. His son’s desperation for a job makes his entire family equation an enigma.



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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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