Bhubaneswar: Odia film ‘Kalira Atita’ (yesterday’s Past) has made its entry into the Oscar race in general entry category for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, among others.
Nila Madhab Panda dons the director’s hat in the film, which revolves around the disappearing villages of India’s eastern coastline in Odisa because of climate change and rising sea level. It is his first Odia movie.
‘Kalira Atita’ is being made available at the Academy Screening Room and will be viewed by the academy members for votes and nominations.
“It was a difficult year to make it qualify as all theatres are shut in Los Angles and New York. We have started publicity and reaching out to juries to show the film,” said Nila Madhab.
The film starring Pitobash Tripathy, was earlier screened in the Panorama section at IFFI.
Nila Madhab has voiced similar concerns about the environment through Kadvi Hawa’ (2017) and ‘Kaun Kitne Paani Mein’ (2015).