With the motto of highlighting the historical ‘paika bidroha’ of Odisha that marked the initiation of protests against Britishers even before the Sepoy Mutiny and giving due importance to the man behind the protests, producer Akshaya Parija will soon be coming up with his next film ‘Buxi Jagabandhu, the forgotten legend’. The film has been scheduled to release on August 15, 2017.
“I am an Odia and have a strong belongingness to the rich history of my state. When I decided to document the revolutionary side of Odisha’s history, there were arguments whether we emphasise Kharavel or Buxi Jagabandhu. Plus we needed to gauge the commercial ramifications. We locked Buxi Jagabandhu along with national award winning director Manmohan Mohapatra to hem and superstar Anubhav Mohanty to play the lead,’’ said Parija who tags himself as an accidental producer. His Odia film ‘Jianta Bhoota’ in 2008 directed by Prasanta Nanda received the national award.
For the historical, Parija is roping in internationally acclaimed technicians like Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty (‘Slumdog Millionnaire’), national award winning music composer Isaac Thomas Kottukapally, Australian cinematographer Ross W Clarkson, Firaaq famed editor A Sreekar Prasad, ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’s visual effects designer V Srinivas Mohan. For stunts and action sequences, Parija has chosen Thailand based Kaecha Kampakdee, who had worked in ‘Vishwaroopam’.
However, the screenplay and dialogues will be by acclaimed writer Nandalal Mohapatra and Bijay Malla respectively. “Talks are on with the Government of Odisha to support the Rs 14 crore budget film. I plan to take it to national and international film festivals so that the film stands testimony to Odisha’s rich history,’’ asserts Parija.
The film will be shot in Bhubaneswar, Khorda and jungles of Thailand.
“This film challenges me but I also feel privileged to pay tribute to the warrior and unfold the glorious history of Odisha,” Parija expresses with a sense of contentment.