Directed by eminent filmmaker Sabysachi Mohapatra, Sala Budhar Badla is the third film of a trilogy, which also comprises Sala Budha and Adim Vichar. The last had bagged the national award as the best Odia film in 2015.
Kalira Atita has been directed and produced by Nila Madhab Panda and revolves around sea erosion in Kendrapada district.
Shrikshetra-Ru-Sahijata, an Odia documentary directed and produced by Ashutosh Pattnaik, has won the award for best arts and culture film.
“I am really happy that the film has been selected for a national award. I am elated at doing something to make my state proud. When a filmmaker makes a film, awards are not in his or her mind. Of course, the award will keep me motivated,” said Mohapatra.
Director Panda said, “This indeed is a very overwhelming moment. It’s my first Odia film and it has got a national award. It’s a moment of joy also for Odia cinema.”
Both the feature films will get the Rajat Kamal and Rs 1 lakh cash award, as well as a citation. The documentary will get cash award of Rs 50,000 and a citation.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the award winners.