History of Oriya Cinema

First Oriya Movie

Name - Sita Bibaha
Producer/Director - Mohan Sunder Deb Goswami
Year - 1936
Budget - Rs 30,000/-
Story - (Marriage of Ram and Sita, From Ramayan)
Written By - Kamala Mishra
Cast - Makhanlal Banerjee (Ram), Pavati Devi (Sita), Aditya Ballav Mohanty (Lakhsman)
Released In - Lakshmi Talkies
Other Information - It was a 12 reeled film and 2 hour long. For the role of Ram, Makhanlal Banerjee was paid Rs. 120/- and for the role of Sita, Parvati Devi was paid Rs. 150/- in this film.

First Oriya Movie With an English Name

Name - Roles To Eight
Year - 1951
Producer - Ratikanta Padhi
Director - Kalyan Gupta
Music - Gour Goswami and Nrupendra Pal
Cast - Ratikanta Padhi, Rajendra, Bimala Devi, Anima Pedini

First Oriya Movie To Get National Award

Name - Sri Lokanath
Year - 1960
Director - Prafulla Sengupta
Music - Balakrushna Das
Cast - Akshya Mohanty, Soumendra, Nirmala Babi, Khagendra Pande, Dukhiram, Indumati.
Award - National Award in 1960


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