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Orissa HC Directs Govt To Postpone 31st State Film Awards Ceremony

Cuttack:13/12/21: The Orissa High Court on Monday directed the State government to put on hold the 31st State Film Awards ceremony which was scheduled to be held on 14th & 15th December 2021.

The direction from the Bench of Justice Arindam Sinha came while hearing a plea filed by Odia film director, Bobby Islam.

The petitioner has alleged that two films which have been selected on several categories in the list for the award are ineligible for entry under rule 3(b) in Orissa State Awards for Films Rules, 2010 as they are not original films.

As per the petition, two films ‘Khusi’ and ‘Golmal Love’ are not original films and still, they are scheduled to receive the awards at the ceremony.

The petitioner further apprised the court that his film, ‘Chhabirani’, based on the true story of the 1980 Chhabirani gang rape, murder was not selected for the awards.

“In event petitioner reports to this court that his grievance has been taken care of or there is required adjudication, the ceremony will be held post order of disposal with the writ petition,” the court observed.

The court has fixed January 7, 2022, as the date for the next hearing.

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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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