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Bhubaneswar: Noted film-maker the late Sambit Mohanty’s Odia film ‘Hello Aarsi’ starring Prakruti Mishra and Partha Sarthi Ray, and produced by Ajay Rautray, has won the Best Odia Film award at the 65th National Film Awards declared today. The director and producer of the film will receive the prestigious Rajat Kamal and `1 lakh each. It also bagged the Special Mention Award. Sambit Mohanty will receive the Best Dialogue Award posthumously.
During a chat with Orissa POST actor Partha Sarthi Ray said getting recognition at the national level was a heavenly feeling and “I am overwhelmed for getting the recognition as an artiste. Prakruti also got special mention for her work in the film.”
Partha said the film was Mohanty’s first and last feature film which makes it all the more special. “The film’s subject was innovative and different. The story is about two characters played by me and Prakruti and how they realise and learn about life and each other. The film is not a mainstream movie and releasing it in the city will be difficult as finding distributors of such movies is hard,” the actor said.
Prakruti Mishra said the movie is a metaphorical movie. “It revolves around a car journey and it felt great to get recognition from the great actor-director Sekhar Kapur.” Prakruti made her Hindi TV debut recently with the daily soap ‘Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki’. Last year director Nila Madhab Panda had won the special mention for his Hindi movie ‘Kadvi Hawa’ at the 64th National Film Awards.
That apart, two Odias – Lipika Singh Darai and Sankhajeet De – also won awards in the non-feature film category last year. While Lipika’s film ‘The Waterfall’ won Best Educational Film award, Sankhajeet’s ‘In the Shadow of Time’, a film on shadow puppetry, won in the Best Arts/Cultural Film category.