‘Patnagarh’ to feature at KIFF
BHUBANESWAR: Manoj Mishra and Atul Kulkarni starrer movie ‘Patnagarh’ has been selected to be screened at 25th edition of Kolkata International Film Festival 2019 (KIFF) and LIFFT India Filmotsav 2019.
KIFF is scheduled to be held in Kolkata from November 8 to 15. The multi-lingual movie directed by Rajesh Touchriver and produced by Sridhar Martha is based on the parcel bomb blast in Patnagarh of Bolangir district that claimed two lives.
Last year, the flick landed in controversy after family members of deceased Soumya Sekhar Sahu lodged a written complaint with Patnagarh police against producer Sridhar Martha and director Rajesh Touchriver.
They alleged that the producer and director did not inform the family before its making. The family had also alleged that the main conspirator and accused Punjilal Meher has been portrayed as the hero in the film which may put adverse impact on the society.
Soumya Sekhar and his grandmother Jemamani were killed when the former unwrapped a wedding gift February 23, 2018, four days after the former’s marriage with one Reema Rani. Reema also suffered serious injuries in the bomb blast.
Odia actor Manoj Mishra, an alumnus of National School of Drama (NSD), is playing the character of Punjilal. The movie also features Bollywood actors Atul Kulkarni and Yashpal Sharma, Telugu actor Thanikella Bharani and Odia artistes Pushpa Panda and Anu Choudhury.