“What do you want to become when you grow up?”
And most of them start screaming pre-defined options “Doctor,Engineer, Teacher,Lawyer”. But some condemned the norm of following the herd. They denied suppressing their passions and challenged the monotonous practices of the world. They echoed BOLLYWOOD. Some wanted to be Actors, some wanted to show their magic with cameras, some wanted to heal the world with their music. They had the fire in them. And they didn’t care if the world laughed at their face. Because they knew, that they are the ones who will have the last laugh!
This is a list of such people, who showed that they had it in them. They went all the way to Bollywood; earned a name and made Odisha Proud!
This man here is the one responsible for bringing Odisha on the map of Bollywood. With super hits like Ankur, Gharaonda, Safed Haati and many others Sadhu Meher was considered as a brilliant actor during the 70s. No don’t go by our words. Check out who won the NATIONAL AWARD for THE BEST ACTOR in the year 1974. During those days getting into Bollywood was not a child’s play. It still isn’t. But during the 70s, when Bollywood itself was in the process of evolution, joining the main stream cinema as a protagonist and winning the National Award was beyond dreams for the ordinary man. But this gentleman, Sadhu Meher was extraordinary and he proved it!
This is a woman of substance from BARIPADA who has taken her Odia roots and planted it deep and strong in the tinsel town. She has been spectacular in contemporary acting and has won international commendation for her work. This multi-talented beauty, has done some fabulous work in Deepa Mehta movies Fire(1996), Earth(1998), and has under her belt a directorial debut, Firaaq! She, along with her grace and poise is here to stay. She’s all set to make Odisha, world famous!
Imagine our movies without the background music? Without the themes? It’s like having just plain rice. He adds tanginess to the movies and gives each scene his magical sound mixes! Subash Sahoo, has made us shake our legs in so many occasions. He, with his exceptional sound mixing and sound recording talent has bagged 2 National Awards for himself. Our magician-who does magic with his sound , hails from KENDRAPADA. He was working as an electronics and communications engineer,when his passion called on him! He went to give some of the most brilliant songs in bollywood history! Don’t believe me??? Remember Omkara? Kaminey? Khosla ka Ghosla? No? Okay, but you must have definitely tapped your feet Sultan Mirza style to the tune played throughout Once upon a time in Mumbai!
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Without his help,we wouldn’t have seen Aamir Khan’s brilliance in 3 idiots or Agent Vinod’s intricately shot action scenes! How else,without his work with the cameras, could Johnny Gadar’s ‘dark drama’ be shown to us? How else,without his magic, could we have captured in our minds the solid Gandhigiri depicted in Lage Raho Munna Bhai? He has spent a major part of his life as a student in Sainik School, Bhubaneswar. He’s the first assistant cameraman for many such movies and is highly respected member of the technical fraternity of Bollywood!
It took a little while to digest that the handsome Macho in Maachis is an Odia guy! Chandrachur,who belongs to Bolangir has made us proud in more than one occasion. Daag:The fire, Josh, Kya Kehna, Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya and many more blockbusters had made this man a favourite among the directors during those days. Now, he has his latest one released, Chaar din ki Chaandni which was an average grosser in the box office. And a few more are lined up. With his sheer talent and ‘hunk’ looks he will regain his position back in Bollywood and will make us proud yet again!
Mandook made us laugh our hearts out in Shor In The City. He played a typical student in 3 idiots. In Shanghai, he was this innocent guy who gets affected with corruption, in Joker he has a role which is not disclosed as of now. Now that is variety! And hard to believe it might be, but this versatile actor who pocketed a black lady hails from a small village, Deuli . He is an alumnus from the Government High School, Unit 1, Bhubaneswar and is a senior college-mate to our readers from BJB college, Bhubaneswar! Now standing where he is, that’s an achievement sir!
Apart from Shah Rukh Khan’s charisma, and the last shot in the final hockey match, another thing stood out in Chak De India. A golden voice enchanted the audience with Maula mere lele meri jaan! With the perfectly placed high-pitched notes and the soulful voice he possesses , Krishna does wonders! Main jahan rahoon from Namastey London, Zindagi mein koi kabhi from Musafir are some of his chartbusters! This superstar was born in Kushapangi, Banki, Cuttack! Being an Odia guy he sure carries that typical sweetness in his voice and the ride in his heart!
Sona Mohapatra: Give her a microphone and she’s ready to set the stage on fire! Here’s another heart throb who rules the hearts with her voice! Sweet, soothing and melodious her singing has earned her a huge fan following internationally. It’s hard to believe that like some of our readers here she also did khatti in the CET campus, bunked lectures and relished dahi-bara aludum on the streets. Now here is one Odia girl who has earned herself all this adulation and has given the world some of the most brilliant songs!
There are many more unsung heroes of Odisha in Bollywood ! This post is a salute to all of them.
Contributed By : Sourav Panda
Sourav is an Intern at The Broken Scooter.