Bhubaneswar: Akshay Parija Production’s short film ‘Paika Bidroha’ has won the special jury award at the 9th Mumbai International Short Film Festival 2020.
The film is based on the tumultuous event, the first war of Independence in Indian. It was an armed rebellion against the British East India Company’s rule in 1817, much before the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
This film stars Manoj Mishra as Jayee Rajguru and Samaresh Routray as the legendary Buxi Jagabandhu. They brilliantly portrayed the great history of Odia Paikas.
The Paikas were aliented by the British regiment which took over the hereditary rent-free lands granted to them after the conquest of Khurda. They were also subjected to extortion and oppression at the hands of the company government and its servants.
While Nischay Rout and Anuj Tyagi have directed the film, Haraprasad Das has written the story, screenplay & dialogues.
The costumes of this periodic film were designed by the film’s co-producer Barnali Rath.
Short film ‘Paika Bidroha’ had earlier created a buzz by winning four state film awards for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing as well as the Best Film by Jury.