Photograph: Ashok Panda

Bhubaneswar: Film makers should come forward to work on documentaries
or even bio-pics, if possible, on our revered literary souls, said
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while inaugurating the 12th edition of
the three-day International Film Festival organised by Jatin Das
Centre of Arts (JDCA) at IDCOL Auditorium here on Friday.

“With its focus on literature, the 12th film festival on art and
artists organised by JDCA is a befitting tribute to our great heritage
of art and culture. Imaging the art and artists is one of the
significant endeavours to preserve, document, evaluate, renew and
improve these art forms in order to save them for the posterity as a
source of inspiration. The continued efforts of JDCA in this direction
are praiseworthy”, the Chief Minister said.

The journey of Odia film started in 1936 with the production of Seeta
Bibaha, coinciding with the creation of Odisha as a separate state and
a synergy between language, literature and filmdom was started with
that. Literature creates an emotional bond with the readers. Great
pieces of literature have influenced the process of social change
during different times. Fakir Mohan’s timeless creation “Rebati”
continues to be a path breaking piece on women’s education. So are the
creations of Kalindi Charan Panigrahi and Gopinath Mohanty and many
others; that have challenged social inconsistencies of that time.
Pandit Gopabandhu Das and Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Das had inspired
nationalistic and linguistic spirit through their writings, the CM
said, adding that now, it’s time, in addition to literature; we must
preserve and re-tell the life and times of these great litterateurs.

Out of 2000 entries, as many as 39 have been selected for the
festival. These include 12 films from Odisha, 12 from other states of
the country and 17 from different countries, sources said.