The much-awaited announcement of the Indian Panorama bouquet for IFFI-2013 has been declared. Sabyasachi Mohapatra’s ‘Sala Budha’ among 26 feature films selected for International Film Festival of India’s (2013) Indian Panorama section.

The jury for Feature films, headed by renowned filmmaker and Editor B. Lenin, selected 25 films out of a total of 210 eligible entries.  Hindi film Pan Singh Tomar (Director : Shri Tigmanshu Dhulia) which won Best Feature Film award at the recent 60th National Film Awards is the 26th film of Indian Panorama, by virtue of direct entry.

The Nine  member jury took 21 days to finalize the selections. Sala budha in Kosali Language set on a rural background and focuses on the plight of the aged people in villages in the western part of the state directed by Sabyasachi Mohapatra  has been selected for Indian  Panorama 2013.

This film will showcase in 44th   IFFI to be held in Goa  in November 20-30,2013. After two year gap a film from Odisha  has been  selected  for Indian panorama.

In 2010 Swayamsiddha  directed by Sudhanshu Sahu  selected for Indian panorama. The film focuses in the implications for the young mass adopting to Maoist insurgency and their sustained alienation from the mainstream as a result. Sala budha, film is based on a novel written by Kapil Prasad Mohapatra (Director Father). As it is a periodical film so director decided to made it in black and white instead of colour, as per the director the Oscar award winning movie.

The Artist made in black and white inspired him to do so.After the announcement Director Sabyasachi Mohapatra told OD that ”He is very happy that international audience will get opportunity to see the film” The film  is being produced by Susanta Mohapatra, the film has cinematography by Prakash Mohapatra. Atala Bihari Panda has written the dialogues.

Veteran theatre personalities such as Atala Bihari Panda, Ghasiram Mishra, Gadadhar Barik,Prithwiraj, Netranand,Purosattam Mishra,Ratan Meher , has comprise the cast. Similarly new faces such as Praduymna,Tapasini Guru, Rosalin Sarangi and Sobharani sinha have got a chance to act in the film.

The film captures the rich tribal ethos of the Sambalpur region of Odisha. The legacy of rich music, dance and their ethnic language provide the original milieu to this rustic story. In the feature films category, the maximum number of films selected, 6 are in Malayalam, 5 in Bengali, 5 in Hindi, 3 in Marathi and 2 in English. One film each have been selected in Konkani, Kannada, Mising, Koshali (Odisha) and Tamil.

In the non-feature films category, the maximum number of films selected, 5 are in Hindi, 3 in Malayalam, 3 in English, 2 in Marathi, 2 in Kashmiri and 1 in Kudukh.