Kendrapara, Dec 22 (LocalWire): National-award winning director Nila Madhab Panda’s first Odia film ‘Kalira Atita’, based on climate change, has been selected for screening in the Panorama section of the IFFI awards, 2020.
The International Film Festival of India 2020 has been postponed due to the COVID pandemic and will be held from January 16 and 24 in 2021.
The movie has been inspired by the prophecies of Achyutananda Kar, widely regarded as the Nostradamus of Odisha.
It revolves around a man from the Satabhaya village of Kendrapara district, Gunu, who returns to his village hoping to reunite with his family.
He finds that his village is submerged underwater due to a cyclone.
Gunu’s struggle to survive the fury of nature is a portrayal of emotional trauma and human triumph. Many villagers, including women and children of Satabhaya, have acted in the film.
Nila Madhab Panda said, “Kalira Atita is my first Odia film and I am really happy that it will begin its journey at the prestigious IFFI.
This is definitely good news for me and I hope the year ahead will bring more cheer.”
Panda says that the reason he wanted to make the film is that, for many people, climate change is still a future shock.
“This film emphasizes it as the harsh reality that it is, and that people are losing their lives and livelihood because of it.
A sea erosion hit tubewell of Satabhaya symbolizes the marching of the sea towards the village,” the director asserts.