Filmy Facts

Interesting facts on Odia Films:
  • First Oriya Film - Sita Bibaha directed by Mohan Sundara Dev Goswami released in 1936
  • Lalita in 1949 by Kalyan Gupta was the second Odia film and first film post independence
  • Saptasajya (1950) was first film of famous theatre personality Byomkesh Tripathy as an actor
  • Gloria Mohanty made her debut with Sri Jagannath in 1950
  • Rolls 2-8 was first Odia film with an English title
  • Sri Loknath directed by Prafulla Sengupta was the first Odia film to win a National Award in 1960
  • Matira Manisha, a film based on Kalindi Charan Panigrahi’s famous novel of same name, was the only film directed by internationally acclaimed Mrinal Sen won National Award for Best Odia Film in 1996
  • Gapa Hele bi Sata (1976) directed by Nageen Roy was the first Odia colour film
  • Hisab Nikash (1982) directed by Prashant Nanda is the first Cinema Scope film in Odia
  • Swapna Sagar (1983) directed by Prashant Nanda is the first 70mm film in Odia
  • Bhookha directed by Sabyasachi Mahapatra is the First Sambalpuri language movie based on a novel of Manglu Charan Biswal of same name.
  • A K Bir got National Award for Best Cinematographer in 1991 for Adi Mimansa