PAHADA RA LUHA (Tears of the mountain)

Sameer Das, a social activist, travels across the blood splattered valleys of western Odisha in search of a solution to the seemingly never ending problem of tribal displacement and the resulting violence of the Mao Naxal movement. Enroute, he stumbles down memory lane dating back twenty five years: to the time he had visited the fascinating mountain tribal village of Ghuma, where he had fallen in love with the people, their culture and a beautiful young tribal girl: Jhili. Now, the music has transformed to bullets, the songs of the valleys are lost and the mountain cries tears of blood. ‘Tears of the mountain’ is a timeless cinematic journey, shot originally twenty five years ago and revisited in the present with the same cast, characters and an intense social conflict.

ODIA I 2015


Director: Sabyasachi Mohapatra

Director Biography

Sabyasachi Mohapatra is one of the foremost filmmakers of Odisha. His films mostly revolve around tribal and rural themes. Winner of several national and international awards, Mohapatra was felicitated by the Government of Odisha for his contribution to Odiya Cinema in 1990. He has many big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. His film “Bhukha” (The Hungry 1986), a stirring film about the starving folk musicians and their doomed fate after the arrival of electronic medium of music won the Special International Jury Award as the Best Feature Film in the 28th Gijon International Film Festival, Spain and screened in several other film festivals. His films have been part of the international film festival circuit regularly for the past two decades.


Soumen Pujari Sameer

Swati Rai Jhili


Story and Screenplay: Sabyasachi Mohapatra

Music :Ramesh Mahanand

Cinematography: Kumar C Dev Mohapatra

Film Editor: Kumar C Dev Mohapatra

Sound: Abhishek Tripathy

Festivals/Awards: National Film Award for best Odia Language Film