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4 Odias got 64th National Film Awards: Proude Moments for #Odisha #NationalFilmAward
Odias have made it to the list of National Film Awards awardee list this year. The awards across categories for 64th edition of the National Film Awards was announced on Friday.

Director Neela Madhab Panda’s Hindi movie Kadvi Hawa got the acclamation and won Special Mention Award for portraying the climate change issue beautifully, Lipika Singh Darai and Sankhajeet De won awards under non-feature film category.

Nila Madhab Panda , Lipika Singh Darai, Sankhajeet De, Shibu Prusty 64th National Film Award

Apart from Panda and Lipika, two other filmmakers – Shibu Prusty and Sankhajeet De – have won the Best Arts/Culture Film awards for their Odia documentary feature films that deal with Jagannath Culture and Shadow Puppetry of Odisha respectively. Prusty’s The Lord of the Universe, a 55-minute docu-feature film, speaks about aspects of Jagannath Culture and De’s In the Shadow of Time ( or ‘Sanayara Chhaire’) is a 190-minute-long documentary that explores the journey of Ravana Chhaya, the shadow puppet form practiced in Odisha. While De is a New Delhi-based researcher and documentary filmmaker, Prusty is now based in Mumbai and an alumnus of Biju Patnaik Film and Television Institute of Odisha. Sources said a total of eight feature films were submitted this year for the Best Odia Film category but none could even qualify.

Director Neela Madhab Panda’s Hindi movie Kadvi Hawa :- 

Based on true stories on the vagaries of nature, especially the complex issue of climate change, Panda has been successful in portraying its ill-effects on silver screen with great diligence.

The movie is based on true stories from drought prone Bundelkhand and the vanishing villages of coastal Odisha.

“It is one of the important films that deals with climate change which people do not think much about. It is basically a reflection of my life in Odisha which is prone to droughts, cyclone and other natural calamities,” said Nila Madhab.

Nila Madhab further said that the story of the film is about a man from Odisha’s Satbhaya, his journey to Chambal and challenges faced due to climate change.

“It is a prestigious award and through the film I had tried to show the extremities that one is facing due to the climate change. This recognition will help spread the message to more people across the world,” Panda added.

Kadvi Hawa (Dark wind)

Once famous for it’s farming, the people of Mahua region have forgotten the earthy scent of rain fall on their soil. Erratic and receding rainfall has led many farmers into debt traps set out as loans offered by banks. Unable to grow food grain anymore and to escape repayments, the only way out is sacrificing their own life i.e. suicide. A blind father of a farmer fears his depressed son may do the same.

Ruthless in his ways to repossess loans, a bank agent arrives with a growing list of suicides attributed to him. People call him a ‘death god’. The father finds his son’s life threatened by a lack of water and pressure of bank repayment. Each wanting to save their own family, they end up helping one another. Human emotions take over inhuman realities of climate change.

In case of the agent, fierce sea, regular floods and frequent cyclone threatens his family in the coastal village of Satabhaya (East of India). The blind father meets the agent with a request to defer his son’s debt. Angry rejection from the agent and mutual dislike soon develops into an odd partnership. Each wanting to save their own family, they end up helping one another. Human emotions take over inhuman realities of climate change.

Embroiled together, their fates tremble under the pressure of two extreme weather conditions.

Dark wind, is not just a fiction. It’s an eye-opening portrayal of the suffering of people and it is a wakeup call for the society still unprepared to face the consequences of their actions on climate change.

Lipika Singh’s movie “The Water fall”

Lipika Singh’s movie showcasing a burning topic, water crisis, was conferred with the Best Educational Film award. The movie titled “The Waterfall” features people’s fight to preserve a gradually drying up waterfall.

However the Best Educational Film award was shared by another Odia Shibu Prusty with his movie “The Lord of the Universe” based on Shree Jagannath culture.

The other movie which was awarded under the Best Arts/Cultural film category and went to an Odia was based on puppetry. It was “In the Shadow of Times”, directed by Sankhajeet.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

  1. Best Actor – Akhay Kumar (Rustom)
  2. Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – Sathamanam Bhavathi (Telugu)
  3. Best Action Direction (stunt choreography) – Peter Hein (Pulimurugam)
  4. Best Children’s Film – Dhanak (Hindi), Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
  5. Best Film on social issues – Pink (Hindu), Director: Anniruddha Roy Chowdhury
  6. Best Direction – Rajesh Mapuskar (Ventilator)
  7. Best Actress – Surabhi C. M (Minnaminungu— The Firefly)
  8. Best Supporting Actress – Zaira Wasim (Dangal)
  9. Best Supporting Actor – Manoj Joshi (Dashakriya)
  10. Best Child Artist – Adhish Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Nur Islam and Samiul Alam (Sahaj Pather Gappo), Manohara K (Railway Children)
  11. Best Male Playback Singer – Sundharayyar (Song: Jasmine E)
  12. Best Female Playback Singer – Iman Chakraborty (Song: Tumi Jaake Bhalo Basho)
  13. Best Screenplay (original) – Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikooram)
  14. Best Screenplay (adapted) – Sanjay Krishnaji patil (Dashakriya)
  15. Best Editing – Rameshwar Ventilator
  16. Best Audiography (Sound designer) – Jayadevan Chakka Dath(Kaadu Pookunna Neram)
  17. Best Costume Designer – Sachin Lovalekar (Marathi film)
  18. Best Make-up Artist – NK Ramakrishna
  19. Best Music Direction – Bapu Padmanabha (Allama)
  20. Special Mention – Kadvi Hawa, Mukthi Bhawan (Hindi)
  21. Special Jury award for Mohanlal for Pulimurugan, Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol

Best feature films in regional languages:

  1. Madipu (Tulu)
  2. Joker (Tamil)
  3. Wrong Side Raju (Gujarati)
  4. Peli Chuplu (Telugu)
  5. Dashakriya (Marathi)
  6. Maheshinte Prathikaaram (Malayalam)
  7. Ke Sara Sara – Ghodpachen Ghoddtelem (Konkani)
  8. Reservation (Kannada)
  9. Neerja (Hindi)
  10. Bisorjon (Bengali)
  11. Maj Rati Keteki (Assamese)

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