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Prescribed dose of Ollywood tidbits. Fresh, stale, recycled… The unknown and the little known facts about the Odia film industry: the movies, the times and the people. As Ollywood industry completes 80 years, here are 10 most interesting facts about Ollywood that is sure to keep you hooked till the end of the list:

  1. 14 songs in one single film

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The first Odia film, Sita Bibaha, released on 28 April 1936  had 14 songs in the film! It premièred exclusively at Laxmi Talkies in Puri and was produced/directed by Mohan Deb Goswami. The second Odia film, Lalita was released 13 years later in 1949 and is the first Odia film to be released post-Independence.

A still from Lalita Pic courtesy: www.youtube.com
A still from Lalita
Pic courtesy: www.youtube.com

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2. Odia film with English title

Unbelievable, but true! Rolls Two Eight (Rolls 2 8) that came to the theatres in 1951, is the first Odia film that had an English title. It was a love story with social drama in its backdrop and was adapted from Kali Charan Patnaik’s novel.

 

3. Bi-lingual film

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Pic courtesy: www.gourparbati.com

In the Odia film industry, Aamari Gaan Jhua became the first Odia-Bengali bi-linual film. Directed by Binaya Bannarjee, it released in 1953.

A still from Aamari Gaan Jhua Pic courtesy: www.gourparbati.com
A still from Aamari Gaan Jhua
Pic courtesy: www.gourparbati.com

 

4. In-house production

First Odia movie produced in Odisha by Aska-based Krushna Chandra Tripathy Sharma’s Utkal Chalachitra Pvt Ltd was Sri Sri Mahalaxmi Puja in 1959. Earlier, all the pre and post production procedures were conducted in Calcutta (now Kolkata).

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5. First National Award

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Pic courtesy: www.wikipedia.org

1960 Odia film Sri Lokanath was the first Odia film to win a National Award. This movie was also the debut film of music director Balakrushna Dash and lyricist Narasingh Mahapatra. Directed by Prafulla Sengupta, it is based on a story by Aswini Kumar Ghosh, it bagged the President’s Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Oriya.

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6. The origin of Dho re baya dho

The first lullaby in an Odia film was the famous song Dho re baya dho in the film, Parinama, released in 1961. The yrics of the song was written by Narasingh Mahapatra.

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7. Debut of Lata Mangeshkar in Ollywood

The Odia movie Surjyamukhi saw the debut of Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey croon the lyrics of Sei chuna chuna tara… and Bandhu re… respectively. It was the same movie where the first Odia qawwali (Aei ranga rahiba naahi…) was introduced.

 

8. First outdoor shoot

Adapted from a Bengali novel of Sailesh Dey, Jibana Saathi was the first Odia movie to be shot in Shimla. Released in 1963, it was directed by Prabhat Mukherjee.

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9. Double role

A still from Abhinetri Pic courtesy: www.youtube.com
A still from Abhinetri
Pic courtesy: www.youtube.com

Adapted from a novel by Kanhu Charan Mohanty and directed by Amar Ganguly, the 1965 Odia gilm, Abhinetri was the first movie that introduced the concept of double roles. Ollywood veteran, then a timid-looking actor Jharana Das played the characters Chaya and Maya.

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10. Shortest title

Pic courtesy: www.gourparbati.com
Pic courtesy: www.gourparbati.com

Kaa, directed by Sharada Prasanna Nayak and released in 1966 is the Odia movie with the shortest title till date.

A still from Kaa Pic courtesy: www.gourparbati.com
A still from Kaa
Pic courtesy: www.gourparbati.com

 

The writer is a freelancer and has compiled this article from various sources.