Berhampur, July 10 (LocalWire): A feature film based on the real-life story of a woman health worker from Ganjam has been selected for screening at the London Lift-Off Film Festival on July 14.
Tejaaswin, which is one of the ten feature films selected to screen in the festival, is based on the life and experiences of K Krushna Kumari, a winner of the prestigious Florence Nightingale Award who works as a health worker at the Kukudakhandi community health center (CHC), here.
A major portion of the 90-minute film was shot at Krushna’s village Kukudakhandi and her workplace in Ganjam and few villages in Khurda district.
Krushna had received the prestigious award from the former President Pranab Mukharjee in 2017 for her distinguished work towards mother and child healthcare and for her contribution in reducing the infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the area.
Written and directed by Kunal Pattnaik, the film has Sushree Rath playing the protagonist and was completed in over five months.
Produced by Jayalakshmi Mishra, the film also features actors Kuna Tripathy, Jeevan Panda, Rabi Mishra, Pallabi, Jaylakhmi, Bansi Panda, Nabajyoti Padia, Amit, Naresh, Sanjeeb and Kunal.
“I am always keen to present a real-life story on the screen. The life story of Krushna is really interesting as she did not give up her service despite facing opposition from various quarters,” Pattnaik said.
Hailing from a poor family, Krushna started her career as an Anganwadi worker, was elected as a panchayat samiti member in Kukudakhandi Panchayat and later appointed as the female health worker and posted at Banthapalli sub-centre at the Community Health Centre.
“When I saw my life-story on the screen, I could not believe it and started to cry. Really, Kunal has a fantastic film and I hope it gets the appreciation from the members of the jury at the festival,” Krushna said.