In the 1960s and 1970s, several good film were produced in Odisha. Most of the films of those decades told stories of common Odia people and reflected the social and cultutal lives of the state.
Bhubaneswar, October 16 : In the 1960s and 1970s, several good film were produced in Odisha. Most of the films of those decades told stories of common Odia people and reflected the social and cultutal lives of the state.
However, from the beginning of 1980s, a degeneration started creeping in slowly and gradually. Barring some masterpieces like Maya Miriga and Niraba Jhada, Odia film industry began to churn out film with heavy doses of commercial elements that had nothing to do with Odia culture. Many looked up to Hindi film industry.
Then in the 1990s, the “cut and paste” trend began — Odia films were made by copying Telugu and Tamil films frame by frame. Initially the strategy paid back financially but not for a long time. After a time, audiences stayed away from cinema halls.
Recently, however, few young filmmakers are trying to reverse the trend. Original stories are being written and made into films, and a discerning section of cinema lovers are lapping them up.
Recently, quality films with original scripts like Adieu Godard, Daman and Pratiksha have been appreciated by the movie lovers.
The latest addition to the list is Mind Game, which is now showing in cinema halls across Odisha.
The crime thriller, starring Atul Kulkarni and Manoj Mishra, is several notches above the average Odia film. It’s technically sound, well structured and directed well, which is not usually seen in commercial Odia films.
The script has gone into the minute details of the gruesome case. It’s not loud and has certain silent rhythm to its narration. Atul and Manoj carry the crime thriller on their shoulders.
The face off between them is also interesting to watch. Mind Game is undoubtedly one of the best Odia films I’ve watched in recent years.
The original content of the film enhances the prestige of the Odia film industry. A lover of good cinema must watch Mind Game.
I don’t know about the economics of such films or if they make profits.
But one thing is sure, they are trying to acquaint the common viewers of Odia films with original quality contents, which will be beneficial for the Odia film industry as a whole.