Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 8:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today congratulated the eminent filmmakers from Odisha who have been nominated to receive 64th National Film Award announced yesterday.
Patnaik posted the congratulatory message on mirco-blogging site Twitter.
Renowned film directors Nila Madhab Panda and Lipika Singh Darai have bagged the coveted awards at the annual event in feature and non-feature film categories.
Panda-directed Hindi movie ‘Kadvi Hawa’ won special mention award produced by Eleeanora Images Private Ltd. The movie highlights the farmer’s struggle against the changing environmental conditions.
Similarly, Lipika Singh Darai has won national award in the non feature film category for best educational film ‘The Waterfall’. The movie has been directed by Darai and produced by Syed Sultan Ahmed. The duo will receive a Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000 each. The movie portrays the issues of development and displacement through the eyes of an endearing protagonist
Besides, two other Odias have also bagged National Film Award in the Best Arts/Cultural Film category. Shibu Prusty directed ‘The Lord of the Universe’ and Shankhajeet De directed ‘In The Shadow of Time’ have been awarded in the above category. The duo will receive Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000 each.
De’s film documents a dying art-form which is haunting, touching and kept alive through the sheer will of a community of poor puppeteers.