Another Great News for Berhampur-Odisha born film producer Solila Parida won best foreign film award in Los Angeles Femme Film Fest –

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Odisha born film producer Solila Parida won best foreign film

Another Great News for Berhampur-Odisha born film producer Solila Parida won best foreign film award in Los Angeles Femme Film Fest –

Odisha-born film producer Solila Parida’s English movie- Desires of the Heart – has won the best foreign film award in LA Femme Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA. Parida, who pursued direction and production course from Hollywood Film Institute, has been making crossover films for last 20 years. She has already produced three movies – Vishkanya , Koi Hai and Bandit Lovers.

Berhampur-Odisha born film producer Solila Parida won best foreign film  desire of the heart

“Desires of the Heart” is a love story that focuses on ‘Sati’ practice followed in certain Indian communities in which a recently widowed woman would immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. The practice was banned several times, with the current ban dating to 1829 by the British.

The film, which deals with the ‘Sati’ practice in a light manner with a good dose of drama, suspense and great music, was shot in Savannah, Georgia as well as in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

The cast includes Hollywood stars Val Lauren and Alicia Minshew and Bollywood actors Gulshan Grover and Harsh Mayar.

Award-winning director James Kicklighter went behind the camera to narrate the story and Rajesh Rathi was roped in to direct the India portion of the film. Anthony Guerrero edited the film.

Jitendra Mishra, also from Odisha and known for co-producing award-winning film “I Am Kalam”, is the associate producer of the film.

“We have finished the film in September 2013 and started getting invitations from several international festivals along with rave reviews. We are planning to release the film in India as soon as we get a like-minded distributor,” Parida said.

Born in Berhampur town of Odisha, about 180 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, Parida, a multi-talented professional, did a course in direction and production from Hollywood Film Institute.She has been making crossover films for last 20 years and has been getting critical acclamations

She settled in the US over two decades ago and she has been making international movies for the global market in English with both Hollywood and Bollywood stars. “Desires of the Heart” is her fourth feature film after producing “Vishkanya”, “Koi Hai” and “Bandit Lovers”.


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