Spare a thought

The costliest director of Ollywood is facing a battle at the cost of his life. The household onscreen baddie of Odia films Hara Pattanaik, known for his directorial extravaganza, is today struggling against the deadly virus of blood cancer. He has been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) and is undergoing treatment at the Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore.
At first instance it is yet another case of blood cancer. But when Hara Pattanaik is the victim of this deadly disease it is a concern for many. Almost all those people who have seen him onscreen across Orissa and West Bengal would definitely think about him for a moment. Hara is such a blessed actor that he changed the meaning of negative roles in Odia cinema and brought a new dimension to the portrayal of villain characters. Perhaps he is the most celebrated villain of Odia films after Dukhiram Swain and Vijay Mohanty. It is his powerful acting that people hate his characters onscreen. But off screen he is one of the affectionate and popular names in the film fraternity in Orissa. In his career spanning over three decades this versatile artist has tried his hand in many crafts of film making and has given some big hits to Odias both as an actor and director. Best known for his unconventional treatment of screenplay and innovations Hara Pattanaik has also launched many stars for Ollywood.
Many are not aware that Hara Pattanaik is also a popular name in the theatre world in Orissa. He is one of the highly demanded directors among the professional theatre groups and also the founder of an organization ‘Samabes’, that works for theatre and its artists.
A person, who has become a symbolic name for every odia when it comes to films, can never be an ordinary man.
Today Hara Pattanaik is in crisis and at this poignant hour all he needs is solidarity. Not the sympathy, not any big material help but yes a little thought. Already the film fraternity of Odisha has stood by him. Now it’s the time for common Odias to stand by him. Where all human efforts fail, the divine blessings show wonder. Just remember Hara Pattanaik once in your prayer. Pray for him. Perhaps the prayer of all concerned Odias will shower blessing on this brave heart in the battle of life, who has always turned challenges into opportunities in his professional life throughout.
If it seems too discriminatory or biased to appeal others to pray for a celebrity like Hara Pattanaik then just pray for all those Odias who are suffering from deadly disease. Who knows your prayer will shower blessing, may not on Hara but for some other Odia.
Just spare a thought!
Hara Prasad Pattanaik- The Ollywood man
  • In 1977 he started his caeer as an Assistant Director to Sisir Mishra for “Suna Sansara”
  • In 1982 in the film “Samaya Bada Balaban” debuted in a negative role.
  • He has acted in more than 70 Oriya and 12 Bengali movies.
  • He has directed more than 15 Oriya and 5 Bengali movies.
  • He is the founder of “Samabesa” an organization that promotes theatre and theatre artists.
  • His bi-lingual ‘Pagal Premi' was the first film by any Odia director to be released in Bangladesh.
[Note: Hara Patanaik is a known Celebrity in Orissa and a popular actor/director of Odia film industry.]
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