Jana Gana Mana Short Film

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Tricolour film finds neighbourly appreciation

‘Jana Gana Mana’, an award winning short film produced and directed by two Odia persons, will be screened in Hyderabad on the occasion of Republic Day on Saturday. The 12-minute film will also be aired on several Telugu entertainment channels in Andhra Pradesh the same day.

The film, highlighting the value of education, features five schoolchildren from Berhampur and Chhatrapur, including a girl child. “The film tells the story of a child who sells the Tricolour on the eve of Republic Day and Independence Day but doesn’t know the value of the national flag. He tries to enter a school on Independence Day, where students are singing the national anthem. He, however, is prevented by the school guard. A girl student of the school shows empathy and tries to educate him about the national anthem and the flag,” narrated the director of the film Vijay Kumar Das of Chhatrapur in Ganjam district.

The film, almost entirely shot in Berhampur, Chhatrapur and Gopalpur, was made in Hindi and Telugu languages. “We are also trying to dub it in Odia and other languages,” said Das.

The film, produced by Prabahakar Patnaik of the same town, won the best film award at COFFI-Short Films Contest 2012 held at Mumbai in December, 2012. It will also be screened at the forthcoming International Film Festival, to be held in Jaipur form January 30 to February 5, said the director.

“I have not financed the film for profit motive. I have produced it to encourage an Odia youth,” said producer Patnaik.

News Courtesy : The Times of India

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