CM to Odia Cinema: Adhere to Originality - The New Indian Express

CM to Odia Cinema: Adhere to Originality

Published: 06th February 2014 08:51 AM

Last Updated: 06th February 2014 08:51 AM

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has called upon the film fraternity for adhering to originality in Odia cinema.

Giving away the 24th State Film Awards for 2012 here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said filmmakers should stick to originality of scripts and reflect the culture, lifestyle, language and heritage of Odisha in their movies.

Stating that Odisha’s rich culture has been portrayed many a times in the State’s literature, Naveen said if the books are adapted for movies, they will be a motivation for filmmakers in other parts of the country and win nationwide acclaim as well.

Meanwhile, awards were given away to the winners in various categories. For the 24th State Film Awards, the Department of Culture has decided not to give awards in seven categories including Best Film with every other movie in Ollywood being a ‘cheap remake’ or is ‘inspired’ by movies of other languages.

The remaining six categories which had no takers are Best Director, Script Writer, Art Director, Documentary Film, Dialogue Writer and Choreographer. Out of 22 releases in 2012, there were nine entries for selection of which, the jury short-listed seven films for the awards.

The jury had not found any film qualifying for the seven categories.

“The films that reached the jury for scrutiny did not have story flow, original scripts, proper usage of language or any message for the society and were of very poor quality. We hope the selection will be a lesson for Odia film directors and producers and force them to make good cinema,” said Culture Minister Maheswar Mohanty.

The prestigious Jaydev Award for lifetime achievement went to noted cameraman and director Raju Mishra. He has worked in over 20 Odia films. The Award - State’s highest honour for contribution to cinema - carried a cash prize of `one lakh.

While Barsha Priyadarshini received the Best Actress award for 2012 for her movie ‘Prema Sabuthu Balaban’, Sabyasachi got the Best Actor award for ‘Emiti Bhi Prema Hue’.

 Best Music Director Award (Bala Krushna Das Samman) was conferred on Baidyanath Das for ‘Tu Mo Arambha Tu Mo Sesa’ while singers Babushan and Tapu Mishra got the awards for Best Singer (Male) and Best Singer (Female) respectively.

The jury also selected ‘Tu Mo Suna Tu Mo Hira’ as Best Story and ‘Nai Separi Kanaka Gauri’ for Best Photography. Aryan Mishra got the Best Child Actor award and Hrushi as best Comedian. Similarly, Puspa Panda and Ashrumochan were awarded for Best Supporting Actress and Actor respectively.

■ For 24th State Film Awards, the Department of Culture has decided not to give awards in seven categories

■The prestigious Jaydev Award for lifetime achievement went to noted cameraman and director Raju Mishra

■ Mishra has worked in over 20 Odia films

 ■ Jaydev Award is State’s highest honour for contribution to cinema with a cash prize of `1 lakh

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