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IFFI Goa is going to pay homage to three legendary Odia Film Personality as an obituary

Newdelhi:4/1/21:The 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India has announced to pay homage to the three legendary Odia film personalities as an obituary, filmmaker, and eight-times National award-winner late Manmohan Mohapatra by screening his last film, Bhija Matira Swarga.ManmohanMohapatra passed away last year and was conferred with Padma Shri award posthumously, Late actor Bijay Mohanty’s first Odia film, Chilika Teerey is going to screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI)-2020 as part of paying homage to the legendary actor. He passed away last year following a prolonged illness. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI)-2021is going to pay homage to legendary Odia actor and theatre personality, late Ajit Das by screening his film, Tara,

The film BHIJA 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 her about an affair to her mother; as they would enquire about his present status, his work, etc.

Meanwhile, Raghu suddenly passes away, Smita’s marriage is finalized 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 finalization 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.


BHIJA 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 Akshaya Kumar Parija, screenplay by Ashutosh Mahapatra, camera by Dilip Ray, Music is being scored by Kishloy Roy, story and dialogue are 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 Mahapatra. This film producer Akshaya Parija  conferred with Mohan Sundar Dev Goswami award  which is given for the Best Film for  the year 2018

Chilika Teerey is a 1977  Odia film directed by Biplab Roy Choudhury, a story of an oppressed, illiterate fisher-folk, being swindled and kept in check by the business sharks and how they revolt. The film received the 1977 National Award for Best Odia FilmIn this film.


Near Chilika lake, there is a cluster of villages inhabited by fisher-folk. They are exploited by the large fishing companies. Raghu, a revolutionary village youth leads the village to confront the fishing company. One fishing company manager Sricharan tries to demoralize and divide the unity of fisher-folk. But the revolution starts with pace. While Sricharan tries to escape from the scene, the villagers have thrown him up in the Chilika lake. Raghu has a love interest with a village girl Padma, but he is not allowed to marry her as she belongs to another caste. At last, dejected Raghu hands over the revolution torch to Jadu and leaves with Padma rowing through


The International Film Festival of India (IFFI)-2021is going to pay homage to legendary Odia actor and theatre personality, late Ajit Das by screening his film, Tara, which was directed by renowned Odia- Hindi actress and director BijayaJena (Dolly Jena). The veteran actor, Ajit Das had essayed an important role in Tara.

In 1992, Jena made her directorial debut with the Odia language film, Tara. She co-wrote the script and produced the film and also played the title role. Tara was based on a short story by Bimal Dutt, who was the main scriptwriter.  The film received the 1992 National Award for Best Odia Film


About Ashok Palit

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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