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.
‘Pahada ra Luha’ 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.
“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.