Made in Odisha, Made for Bollywood
There are many unsung heroes of Odisha in Bollywood! This post is a salute to all of them.
Pitobash Tripathy :
Mandook in the film Shor In The City made us laugh our hearts out. He played a typical student in 3 idiots. In Shanghai, he was this innocent guy who gets affected with corruption, in Joker he has a role which is not disclosed as of now. Now that is variety! And hard to believe it might be, but this versatile actor who pocketed a black lady hails from a small village, Deuli. He is an alumnus from the Government High School, Unit 1, Bhubaneswar.
Amar Dash: Amar Dash the founder of AD Group, Mumbai hails from Itamati of Nayagarh district. He has completed his schooling from Baman Abakash HIGH School, Itamati.AD Group deals with the post-production & visual effects of films of Bollywood & various regional language movies including Hindi, Odia, Marathi & Bhojpuri films. The recent movies include Chalk n Duster & Awesome Mausam which also marks the Bollywood ticket for Odisha based Entertainment Portal – Apnafilms.com. To know more about Amar Dash.
Nandita Das :
She is a woman of substance from Baripada district of Odisha who has taken her Odia roots and planted it deep and strong in the tinsel town. She has been spectacular in contemporary acting and has won international commendation for her work. This multi-talented beauty has done some fabulous work in Deepa Mehta movies Fire(1996), Earth(1998), and has under her belt a directorial debut, Firaaq! She along with her grace and poise is here to stay. She’s all set to make Odisha, world-famous!
Subash Sahoo :
Imagine our movies without background music? Without the themes? Watching the movie without theme music or background music is just like having just plain rice without dal or curry. He adds tanginess to the movies and gives each scene his magical sound mixes! Subash Sahoo with his exceptional sound mixing and sound recording talent has bagged 2 National Awards for himself. He hails from KENDRAPADA. He has many brilliant Bollywood numbers to his credit! Don’t believe me??? Remember Omkara? Kaminey? Khosla ka Ghosla? No? Okay, but you must have definitely tapped your feet Sultan Mirza style to the tune played throughout Once upon a time in Mumbai!
Ollywood Star Sadhu Meher is the one responsible for bringing Odisha on the map of Bollywood. With super hits like Ankur, Gharaonda, Safed Haati, and many others Sadhu Meher was considered as a brilliant actor during the 70s.No don’t go by our words. Check out who won the NATIONAL AWARD for THE BEST ACTOR in the year 1974. During those days getting into Bollywood was not a child’s play. It still isn’t. But during the 70s, when Bollywood itself was in the process of evolution, joining the mainstream cinema as a protagonist and winning the National Award was beyond dreams for the ordinary man. But this gentleman, Sadhu Meher was extraordinary and he proved it!
Sona Mohapatra: She hails from the SilverCity of Odisha, Cuttack & has earned herself all this adulation and has given the world some of the most brilliant songs! Give her a microphone and she’s ready to set the stage on fire! Here’s another heartthrob who rules the hearts with her voice! Sweet, soothing and melodious her singing has earned her a huge fan following internationally.
Another thing stood out in Chak De India than Shah Rukh Khan’s charisma, in the last shot in the final hockey match is the golden voice enchanted the audience with Maula mere le Meri Jaan with With the perfectly placed high-pitched notes and the soulful voice he possesses, Krishna does wonder! Main Jahan rahoon from Namastey London, Zindagi Mein koi Kabhi from Musafir are some of his chartbusters! This superstar was born in Kushapangi, Banki, Cuttack! Being an Odia guy he sure carries that typical sweetness in his voice and the ride in his heart!
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