A legend of the Odia film industry, Bijay Mohanty was much more than an actor, he was an icon for millions of Odia people.
Having graduated from the National School of Drama with contemporaries like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Raj Babbar, etc., Mohanty has acted in theatre and plays, movies – Odia, Bengali and South Indian, as well as Odia television serials.
Mohanty received 6 state awards for his contribution to art and culture and his first movie Chilika Teerey won the National Award for Best Odia Feature.
He joined the drama department of the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidalaya in Bhubaneswar in 1977, whence he retired as a professor.
Mohanty also started ‘Jugeccha’, a drama troupe, in his native place – Baripada town.
In remembrance of the great actor, let us have a look at some of his most famous movies.
Chilika Teerey: A 1977 Odia film directed by Biplab Roy Choudhury, this movie depicts the story of an illiterate-fisher folk, living in the villages near Chilika Lake. Mohanty’s first Odia movie, Chilika Teerey also won the National Award for the Best Odia Feature.
Naga Phasa, Samay Bada Balaban, Danda Balunga, Chaka Bhaunri, Sahari Bagha, Chaka Akhi Sabu Dekhuchi, I Love My India, Lakshmana Rekha, Ki Heba Sua Posile, Rakhi Bhijigala Aakhi Luha Re, Suna Panjuri were some of his other notable works which won him fame and recognition in the Odia film fraternity.
Mohanty won the Odisha State Film Awards six times for the movies – Arati (1981), Mamata Mage Mula (1985), Ei Ama Sansara (1986), Ama Ghara Ama Sansara (1991), Bhisma Pratingya (1993) and Bhai Hela Baghari (1994).
Mohanty won the Orissa Cine Critics Award in 1987, was honoured with a National Award for his contribution to art and literature and won the Jayadev Award 2014 at the Odisha State Film Awards.