Sita Bibaha was the first complete Oriya film and an important part of the struggle for a manifestation of Oriya cultural identity in celluloid form. The film was a commercial success.
Sita Bibaha the first Oriya film directed by Mohan Sundar Deb Goswami, the story based on the marriage of Lord Rama to Sita, based on the epic story Ramayana. It premiered April 28, 1936 at the Laxmi Talkies of Puri.
Movie – Sita Bibaha
Directed by Mohan Sundar Deb Goswami
Produced by Mohan Sundar Deb Goswami
Starring – Makhanlal Bannerjee, Mohan Sundar Deb Goswami, Krishnachandra Singh, Prabhavati Devi, Ramchandra Lal, Narasingha Nanda, Radharani, Laxmipriya, Adweta Mohanty
Story – Kamapal Mishra
Dialogues – Adweta Mohanty
Sound – Haricharan Mohanty
Release Dates – 28 April 1936
Country – India
Language – Odia
Sita Bibaha was sponsored by the Calcutta-based Kali Film Studio and cost Rs. 30,000 ( Thirty thousand). The total expenditure to make the movie in the history of Odisha was Rs 29,781 and 10 anna.
Makhanlal (Ram) had received Rs 120. Adaita Ballabha Mohanty (Laxman) was paid just Rs 35 as a conveyance fee. Actress Miss Prabhabati (Sita) received the highest among the lot, Rs 150.
Fourteen songs in the movie written by Mohan Sundar and Nandasharma. All singers for the movie were from Orissa and Mohan Sundar maintained traditional music of the land in the cinema. The settings of the songs and dances were carefully chosen.
Sita Bibaha was subjected to Bengal Board of Film Certificate and the police commissioner of Lal Bazaar awarded it the censor certificate.
It’s a matter of great regret that not a single print of the first Oriya film, Sita Bibaha, made in 1936, can be recovered. Sita Bibaha is undoubtedly a landmark of oriya .