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Classic sets date with capital

- Sansaar to be screened at Jayadev Bhavan

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 3: The magic of Parbati Ghose on silver screen will enchant all and sundry once again after four decades since the release of Odia classic Sansaar.

A group of film enthusiasts in the capital city will screen the 1973 movie for the public at Jayadev Bhavan on January 7.

Sansaar was one of the rare films of Odisha industry, where the legendary duo of Goura Ghose and Parbati Ghose not only teamed up behind the camera as the director pair Goura-Parbati, but also were seen as the lead pair of the film. The chemistry between them was magical, making the film a memorable one.

“Interestingly, the state government’s health and family welfare department produced it,” said Surya Deo, film researcher and member of the organising group.

“Since the health and family welfare department produced the film, the plot had to highlight the subject of population control. But, the film-makers brilliantly merged the theme into a powerful and moving story, written by Sarada Prasanna Naik.

Hence, instead of appearing as a documentary, the film came out as a classic entertainer based on the issues of a big family,” Deo said.

Censored in 1971, Sansaar was released in 1973. It was shot completely outdoors. Set in a remote village, the two-hour film was shot in just 17 days.

Music director and singer Akhsay Mohanty created some immortal songs such as Dheu dheu ka pahada tale anka banka nai, Jai phula re, Alo kala saari, kiye to sua, for this film, the biggest hit among them being Nakara nakara mana tile bhabana. Celebrated singers Trupti Das and Gita Patnaik sang for the heroine for the first time in this movie.

“Reputed Odissi dancer Ramani Ranjan Jena was the choreographer and his involvement made it possible for girls from affluent families of Cuttack to take part in the dance sequences at a time when dancers used to be invited from Mumbai and Calcutta,” said Deo.

Artistes involved in the film will be felicitated on the occasion.

Parbati Ghose, Sarada Prasanna Naik, veteran singer Pranab Patnaik, singer and actor Swaroop Naik, who was seen in a striking role in Sansara, actor and co-director Shyamalendu, Trupti Das and Gita Patnaik will be present during the screening.

“We will also unveil a booklet on the trivia related to the film. Our team had to run around a lot to get a print and then convert it to the DVD format for the screening. Since these classics are not shown even on television channels, we wish all film lovers in Odisha come down to watch the film,” said another member of the city-based film-lovers’ group.