Odia film maker Nila Madhab Panda â€“ Creating quality cinema from New Delhi
It is not easy not to be based in Mumbai and make a mark in the world of Hindi cinema, but Nila Madhab Panda has proved otherwise.
Delhi-based Panda, who hails from a remote village in Odisha, has emerged as one of Indiaâ€™s emerging generation of innovative young filmmakers with the international success of his debut feature film â€œI Am Kalamâ€, produced by NGO Smile Foundation (first time ever by a developmental organisation) and presented by Smile Foundation and Century Ply in association with Surya World.
The film, being released theatrically across India on August 5 by Reliance Entertainment, has won one dozen(12) awards at international and national levels till now, including the Best Child Artiste Award at the recently-announced 58th National Film Awards (please see complete awards list below), and its the first time an Odia film maker, Panda has achieved such big acclodes across the globe and now a big theatrical release in India.
Madhab also received Prestigious â€œAravindan Puraskaramâ€ for Best debut Director. Two more feature filmÂ (one bollywood and a English feature film in production now.