Bhubaneswar: Odia producer Rajesh Kumar Mohanty bagged the prestigious Midday Showbiz Icon Award, ‘Iconic Debut Producer’ recently for the movie ‘Antardhwani’.
Rajesh received the award at the Midday Showbiz annual function in Mumbai. He is the first Odia to receive this award.
Antardhwani, produced under the banner of 24FPS Entertainment, has been directed by National Award-winning cinematographer-filmmaker Apurba Kishore Bir and has Delhi-based Odia model-turned-actress Swapna Pati in the lead role.
Rajesh has made many short movies under this banner and ‘Antardhwani’ is the first feature film.
“I am very happy that I received this award. It is dedicated to my team. This award will definitely inspire me to do many good films in future,” said Rajesh.
The film was also screened at the prestigious Cannes Film festival.
“The film has been made in natural light. The uniqueness of the movie is that forests and its environment have played a key role,” said Rajesh.
“The film is about a young mind’s response to an unlawful activity, which gradually turns it towards crime. Then begins the journey of introspection and deep realisation,” he said, adding that the film was shot in Odisha, Uttarakhand and Mumbai.