Bhubaneswar: The 27th state Oriya Film Awards ceremony was organised here in the city on Monday at Utkal Mandap. Inaugurated by Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, many awards were conferred to the personalities of the Oriya Film Industry.
Director Sushant Mani’s ‘Kehi Nuhen Kahara’ was awarded with ‘Mohan Sundar Deb Goswami Samman’ for selection as the Best Film for 2015. Amiya Kumar Patnaik was given the Best Director category for his movie ‘Tulasi Apa’.
Cinematographer Ashok Swain received the Jayadev Puraskar for his life-long contribution to the industry and was honoured with a citation and Rs one lakh cash prize at the programme. Tapas Saragharia received the State Film Awards in Best Story category for ‘Ishq Tu Hi Tu’ produced by Tarang Cine Productions. Sukumar Mani and Samaresh Routray received award in Best Editing and Best Actor in Supporting Role categories respectively, for their contribution in ‘Ishq Tu Hi Tu’.
Similarly, Soumya Ranjan Dash was awarded the Best Actor for his role in ‘Antarleena’, Samaresh Routray as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘Ishq Tu Hi Tu’ , Barsha Nayak as Best Actress for ‘Tulasi Apa’ and Best Actress in supporting role was given to Priyanka Mohapatra. Best comedian award was given to Pragyan Ranjan Khatua, Best Child Artsist was awarded to Madhusmita Moharana.
Best Playback Singer (Female) was awarded to Antara Chakraborty, Best Playback Singer (Male) was awarded to Gautam Giri, Best Editing award was given to Sukumar Mani for the movie ‘Ishq Tu Hi Tu’.
Among others present during the occasion were Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Pattsani, MLAs Priyadarshi Mishra and Bijay Kumar Mohanty along with Commissioner of Culture department Manoranjan Panigrahi.