It is an exciting time for independent Indian film makers to showcase their work on screen as interesting experiments are getting acknowledgment and acceptance.
Enthused by the trend, national award winning director ,Nila Madhab Panda (padmashree awardee)is producing ‘Bishwa’ with a coproduction of Dutch support and ngos.
The entire film is shot amidst the pristine beauty of the yet-to-be-discovered state of Odisha. Panda’s long-time associate and Odisha State award winner in short films, Anuj Tyagi is directing through this slice of life film. His film “The last colour” which he had co-directed with Vikash Khanna had been critically acclaimed in many national & international film festivals ,and was also in run for the Oscars.
“Bishwa” has a talent studded star cast of acclaimed, award winning and popular actors, like Vinay Pathak,of the “Bheja fry ,Khosla ka ghosla & Johnny Gaddaar” fame , Usha Jadhav, national award winner for Marathi film “Dhag”, Sharib Hashmi, known for the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire & National Award-winning movie Filmistaan and Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Jyoti Subash ,best known for her works in Marathi films and Bollywood films like Phoonk and Aiyyaa. While many odia technicians are part of the crew, odia film actress Lipsa Mishra is also starring in the film.
Bishwa tries to talk about vision, loneliness, fear and love. It is a relationship tale of an overprotective father and his blind son. It attempts to look at blindness in an entirely different angle. An NGO that focuses on blindness is also an integral part of this film. Bishwa is about kids, but it surely is more than a tale about cute kids. It talks about transition and changes that every kid and every parent goes through. Panda intends to make it reach all across the world. Though Indian cinema has evolved and become more inclusive, it is still work in progress, when it comes to cinema for young minds.
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Panda has always loved to tell stories which have kids looking at the world with curiosity and this one is no exception.
Bishwa is scheduled to hit the theaters in the last quarter of 2020.