When legal practice could not provide him emotional sustenance, a stage performer since a child, he found it in the celluloid, which had always held his interests. After honing skills as an assistant director for around 20 Odia films, Sabyasachi Mohapatra made his directional debut in the successful commercial venture of Prakash Agrawal, “Sabu Maya re Baya” (1986), which safely catapulted his position. But to explore the alternatives, when Mohapatra tried his hand at experimenting, western Odisha , his native land, was embarked upon. And reluctantly the first ever Sambalpuri Dialect appeared on the fore. Sabyasachi Mohapatra is known for his internationally acclaimed film Bhukha. The film was screened and got International Jury award at Gijon Film festival. This bought him instant fame and recognition. He then did films like – jhili ,Bou, Bahudibe Mo Jaga Balia His mega budget mythological film – Jai Jaganath was released in 15 different Indian languages. Director Sabyasachi Mohapatra is back with Salabudha, another movie in Kosali Language set on a rural background and focuses on the plight of the aged people in villages in the western part of the state. This film has been selected for Indian Panorama to be screened at IFFI on 23rd, November,2013. Mr. Mohapatra shares exclusive details about his film with OdishaDiary Entertainment Editor Ashok Palit.
After 25years, you will be returning with Samabalpuri film. Why such a long gap?
My last film, “Jai Jagannatha” was shot in 2006. In between, I did some telefilms. Jai Jagannatha, had been released with a record number of 13 languages apart from Hindi and Odia . Jai Jagannatha is a multilingual mythological feature film. Why do you make this choice? When I am making a movie, it is very important for me to distance myself from the film so that an objective viewpoint is maintained. By doing movies, I have been making attempts to place a human situation in the context of a particular cultural milieu.
Who is the inspiration behind story of Salabudha?
Sala Budha is based on short stories written by my father Kapileshwar Mohapatra, which were published in the book Sala Budha. My father is a devout humanitarian and strict Gandhian. So, all his writings are reflection of human values and simplicity. All stories are his personal experiences. He often described him as a Sala Budha. All six brother are part of a unique Joint family, single account & single kitchen system strictly following the principle & values set by our father the so called ” Sala Budha”
Are you going to make the Sequel of Sala Budha?
Yes, the sequel is an adaptation of short story penned by My father Kapileswar Mohapatra titled AdimBichar,all the pre preparation of the film has already been done, after the marriage ceremony of my son in December shooting will be start in our native place Lehadi in the district of Bolangir.