Odia Movie ‘Patnagarh’ To Be Screened At KIFF 2019


Bhubaneswar: The upcoming movie ‘Patnagarh’ has earned official nominations and will be screened at 25th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) 2019 and LIFFT India Filmotsav -2019.

The KIFF is going to be held in Kolkata from November 8 to 15.

After much controversy, ‘Patnagarh 23 Feb 2018’ directed by National award-winning and acclaimed director Rajesh Touchriver will be released on November 8, 2019.

The teaser of the movie has already been released and highly appreciated by the public.

The film has been shot simultaneously in both Odia and Telugu.

“This movie is based on Patnagarh bomb blast case. All the controversies around it have been sorted now. The film is as engaging as a Hindi blockbuster,” informed the movie’s producer, Sridhar Martha.

The star cast includes Bollywood actor Atul Kulkarni, Yashpal Sharma, Odia actor Manoj Mishra and Telugu actor Tanikella Bharani.

“The shooting of the movie was completed in 50 days but the complete work was concluded in almost one year. Though the story is inspired by the bomb blast case, we are not doing a biopic. I don’t want to say much about the movie. Let the suspense continue till the movie is released,” said actor Manoj Mishra to Odisha Bytes earlier.

The parcel bomb case, which claimed two lives at Bholanathpada village in Odisha’s Balangir on February 23, had sent shock waves across the state. A newly-wed couple, Soumya Sekhar Sahu, his wife Rima Rani and grandmother Jemamani were grievously injured when a gift pack they were opening, exploded.

While Soumya Sekhar and his grandmother succumbed to injuries, Rima Rani was rushed to VIMSAR in Burla and later shifted to SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.

Following a request by Rima Rani and her family, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered a Crime Branch probe into the incident. The Crime Branch took over the investigation on March 23 and arrested the accused, Punjilal on April 25.

Produced by Sridhar Martha under the banner of Range Royal Cine Lab, the investigative crime thriller was earlier titled ‘Bullet Raja’

The Patnagarh case was also aired on Sony channel’s Crime Patrol, which covers major criminal incidents of the country.

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