Award-winning Odia children’s film ‘Sabas Biju’, written and directed by Santosh Panda was screened at Jayadev Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.
The two-hour long film is about an 11-year-old boy who is inspired by freedom fighter and former chief minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik. The protagonist is named after this legendary leader whose legends about his adventurous pursuits have inspired many people. The child then takes steps to learn about child rights and help others.
It is noteworthy to mention that the movie was screened at the National Children’s Film Festival, Rajasthan and International Children’s Film Festival, Hyderabad. The film was selected among entries from 109 countries.
The movie features children from slums and government-run schools who had never been exposed to filmmaking earlier. Snehal Sujal Mohanty and Subhangi Panda play the lead roles in the film along with other kids.
Young and talented team of ‘Sabas Biju’ met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the eve of its screening. The CM saw the promo of the children’s film and lauded child protagonist Snehal Sujal Mohanty and writer-director Santosh Panda.