Uttam Mohanty - A Living Legend of Oriya Cinema


Uttam Mohanty is a famous actor in Oriya Cinema who ruled 'Ollywood' for over 20 years.

Early Life

Uttam Mohanty is a very popular actor in Oriya Cenema. Uttam Mohanty was born in Balrampur, Bihar, his fathers working as a Superintendent in Indian Railways. hen his father was settled in Baripada, in Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. So Uttam Mohanty Completed his school education from there. He was actively participating in dramas and plays during his studies. He also had shown interent in tennis and Badminton, but acting was his passion. After completing B.Com, he stayed in Calcutta with his brother to study Chartered Accountancy.

Uttam Mohanty

Career in films

When Director Sadhu Meher was in Baripada, for the production work of the film 'Abhimaan' hearing this news, Uttam Mohanty caame to Baripada to try his luck in films. He met Sadhu Meher and got selected for the lead role of the film. So his first debut was the movie 'Abhimaan' in 1977. In this movie, actress Rita Chand was in her opposite who was also a newcomer. The film was successfully hit and Uttam mohanty became a star of Oriya Cinema.

After that he never looked back. He gave hit films one after other. He acted with many famous directors, actors, actresses and became a demand for the film producers. In 1978, his movie 'Danda Balunga' released which brought him a lot of success. In the beginning of his film career some other notable films are 'Pati Patni'(opposite Maheswata Ray), 'Nijhum Ratira Sathi','Chinha Achhinha', 'Tapasya', 'Ram Balram'.

In 1980's and early 90's he was the dominating actor of Oriya Film Industry. After 1995, due to his growing age, he was offered character roles and was also successful in these type of roles. He ruled the Oriya film industry for more than 20 years. In Orissa, he is popularly known as 'Amitabh Bachan' of Oriya Cinema.

He is married to Oriya actress 'Aparajita Mohanty'. They have a son who is also an up-coming actor and singer.


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