Pahada ra Luha – Best Odia film in regional category at the 63rd National Film Awards
Film-maker Sabyasachi Mohapatra’s Odia movie ‘Pahada ra Luha’ (Tears of Mountain) was declared the best Odia film in regional category at the 63rd National Film Awards on Monday.
Showcasing the life of the Paraja Tribes of Koraput district in Odisha, the movie speaks about the outcomes of industrialisation and the resultant displacement that the tribe had to face.
Mohapatra, during a telephonic interview with our correspondent, said, “I’m overwhelmed that a dream that I saw 25 years ago was transformed into a film. The recognition in the form of award comes as an inspiration for me.”
“The credit for the award goes to my entire team, Director of Photography Kuma Chodaganga, music composer Ramesh Kumar, and my associate and assistant directors. The film shoot began 10 years back. However, due to financial and other constraints, I had to fall back on my plans. Since it was a subject very close to my heart, culminating it yet again was the biggest task at my hands. And now that the 77 minutes long movie has taken its shape and released I’m honoured to receive the recognition,” informed the 66-year old film-maker.
Notably, ‘Sala Budha’ (2012) directed by Mohapatra, was included in the Indian Panorama segment in India International Film Festival (IIFF) in Goa, and ‘Adim Vichar’, which was released in 2014, bagged the best Odia Film at the 62nd National Film Awards in 2015. src – dnaindia