Bhubaneswar: Noted film-maker, director and producer Manmohan Mohapatra, known as the father of new wave cinema in Odisha, passed away at a private hospital here on Monday.
He was 69.
Mahapatra had won eight national awards for his films – Nishitha Swapna, Majhi Pahacha, Klanta Aparanha (Tired Afternoon), Neeraba Jhada, Seeta Raati, Bhinna Samaya and many more.
He made first short film Anti-Memoirs in 1975. He also made his first full-fledged Odia film Seeta Raati in 1976 which won him the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Odia. It was screened at international film festival in 1982 – making it the first Odia film to be screened at foreign film festival.
Apart of Ollywood movies, Manmohan had directed a Bollywood movie named ‘Bits and Pieces’ starring Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, and Dia Mirza. He had studied film making at the FTII in Pune.