Sala Budha

Sala Budha (English: The Stupid old man) is a 2012 Indian Sambalpuri language feature film directed by Sabyasachi Mohapatra.[1] The film had won awards in seven categories at Odisha Sate Film Awards including best film and best director.[2][3]

Sala Budha
Sala Budha
Sala Budha
Directed bySabyasachi Mohapatra
Produced byChintu B. Mohapatra
Screenplay bySabyasachi Mohapatra
Story byKapileswar Prasad Mohapatra
StarringAtal Bihari Panda
Prithviraj Nayak
Music byPankaj Jaal
CinematographyAum Prakash Mohapatra
Edited byRajendra Mohapatra
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The story is based on a small village of British ruled time. In the mid 1930s, during the British rules the small villages of India were still ruled by the kings and the kings were paying tax to the British Government.

The story revolved around a poor and small village of Odisha, India. Bhagatram Gauntia, the sarapancha (Village Head) of the village fondly called Sala Budha (The Stupid Old Man) by the villagers is an honest and kind person and takes good care of his subjects. Due to drought people of the village were unable to pay the tax for five years and being the village head Bhagatram Gauntia couldn't force anyone to pay it due to his kindness. And so is the village head too couldn't pay the tax to the king and was living in a threat to lose his land and leadership. He has a strong belief in God and he tries his best to help them to survive from the drought and staying them together. He says god is never wrong and everything going to be fine. Meanwhile some villagers who didn't want him to remain as village head meet the king and provoke against him. As a result, the king decides to visit the village and snatch Bhagatram gauntia's land, leadership(as the village head). The king visits the place and at the end of the movie king comes to know the truth and praises him.

The way scenes were captured will not let you feel it is a movie of 21st century and will take you back to the mid 19th century. Sabyasachi Mohapatra the director of the movie portrayed the innocence of the villagers and a 19th-century village so beautifully that needs to be praised.[4]


Artistes performing folk dance at the screening of the film, in IFFI 2013


Festival screeningEdit

This Movie was also Selected For International Film Festival Of India’s Indian Panorama Section in 2013.[5][6]

This film had been selected for the 44th International Film Festival of India in 2013. This was also officially selected for the Indian Panorama section. It has also won the best feature film award at the Jakarta International Film Festival.[7]


Critical receptionEdit

The movie has rewarded with several award by government and acclaimed internationally.[8][9][10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Date of ceremony[a] Category Recipient(s) and Nominee(s) Result Ref.
25th Odisha State Film Awards 21 November 2013 Best Film Sabyasachi Mohapatra Won [11]
Best Director Sabyasachi Mohapatra Won
Best Actor Atal Bihari Panda Won
Best Music Director Pankaj JAl , Ghasiram Mishra Won
Best Photography Aum Prakash Mohapatra Won
Best Art Director Kunu Bej Won
Best Costumes Bhagawan & Suresh Won


  1. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


  1. ^ Pioneer, The. "'Sala Budha' tells you how to treat the elderly". The Pioneer. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Adim Vichar sweeps state film honours". Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  3. ^ bureau, Odisha Diary (22 March 2017). "Salabudha is a tribute to senior citizens: Sabyasachi Mohapatra". OdishaDiary. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Sala Budha". Times of India. Times of India. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Bureau, Odisha Sun Times. "Sabya Mohapatra's 'Sala Budha' in Indian Panorama |". Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  6. ^ Pandolin (16 October 2013). "Sala budha selected for International Film Festival of India's (2013) Indian Panorama section". Pandolin. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  7. ^ IANS (8 May 2015). "Odiya cinema making remakes of South Indian films: Sabyasachi Mohapatra (IANS Interview)". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Mohapatra's 'Sala Budha' bags awards in 7 categories". Times of India. Times of India. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Sala Budha". Incredible Orissa. Incredible Orissa.
  10. ^ "Odia feature film 'Aadim Vichar' makes it to IFFI". dna. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Mohapatra's 'Sala Budha' bags awards in 7 categories - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  12. ^ Ambaly, Anwesha (14 November 2014). "Sala Budha bags best film award". The Telegraph. India. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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