Bhubaneswar: Sala Budha (Stupid old man), the Sambalpuri art movie, got rave reviews at its premiere at Jayadev Bhavan here on Sunday.
Although it is a black and white flick, which has been shot in villages, it has the power to stir emotions, said Sritam Das, actor. “The presentation, screenplay and story line have been very powerful. The film has not diverted from the main theme for a single moment. It has the potential to get national accolades like Bhukha (hunger), the first Odia movie in Sambalpuri language,” said Sritam. He said the characters were portrayed well. Other Odia movie stars present at the premiere were Sabyasachi, Usasi Mishra and Pinki Pradhan.
The movie, which centred around how an old man of a village in Subarnapur district, reposed faith in almighty and despite exploitation by the king, he remained the same generous human being. “While others in the village kept their hands crossed after drought loomed large, this old man kept inspiring everybody. Even when the king took away his lands, he was unmoved. He was a man of courage even though villagers called him Sala Budha,” said Sabyasachi Mohapatra, film’s director.
The film, having six songs and made under the banner of Mohapatra Movie Magic Private Ltd, has been shot extensively in Karnapali village of Subarnapur district. 25 years ago, his film Bhukha received international acclaim. The film was the first from Odisha to get an international jury award at Gijon International Film Festival. Bhukha depicted how a rural musical party and its artistes could not survive the onslaught of modern music.