Manmohan Mahapatra Is A Renowned Odia Filmmaker

Manmohan Mahapatra Is A Renowned Odia Filmmaker

Introduction:

Manmohan Mahapatra, born in the year 1951 is a renowned  Odia filmmaker, director, producer, and writer. He has won eight consecutive national film awards for his films like Nishita Swapna, Majhi Pahacha, Tired Afternoon, Neeraba Jhada, Seeta Raati, Bhinna Samaya, and more.

His first film Seeta Raati made in 1976 was the first Odia film to be screened at international film festival in 1982. 

He studied film making at the FTII, Pune and has at the same time tried to learn and master the psychology of heterogeneity.

Film Career:

Manmohan made first short film Anti-Memoirs (Anti-Memories) in 1975. He made his first full-fledged Odia film Seeta Raati as a director in 1976. It won him the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Odia and was screened at international film festival in 1982 — making it the first Odia film to be screened at foreign film festival.

Then he made couple of short films and then directed Neerab Jhada that won him another National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Odia out of eight consecutive national awards for best feature film in Odia. Mahapatra has justifiably earned the acclaims as one who has given the dues to the roles people play, in circumstances which are mostly not within their sphere of control.

He also directed a few Hindi films, notably — Bits and Pieces starring Nandita DasRahul Bose, and Dia Mirza.

As A Director:

1975 – Anti- Memories (Short)

1981 – Seeta Rati

1982 – Voices of Silence (Short)

1983 – Konrak: The Sun Temple (Short)

1984 – Neerab Jhada

1985 – Tired Afternoon

 1986 – Trisandhya, Kuhudi

1987 – Majhi Pahacha

1988 – Nisitha Swapna, Kichu Smruti Kichu Anubhuti

1989 – Tathapi

1990 – Adha Diganta, Agni Veena

1992 – Vinna Samaya

2002 – Muhurta

As A Writer:

1981 – Seeta Rati

1984 – Neerab Jhada (Producer)

1985 – Tired Afternoon

1987 – Majhi Pahacha

1988 – Nisitha Swapna (Producer)

1992 – Vinna Samaya (Art Director)

2002 – Muhurta  (dialogue) / (screenplay) / (story) 

Manmohan Mohapatra