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BHUBAN WAR: Orissa’s high court ordered the state government to postpone film awards due later this week after a director alleged that organizers violated the rules and selected two films that are remakes of a Korean and Punjabi film.


Judge Arindam Sinha on Monday suspended the 31st edition of the Odisha Film Awards on a petition from Odia director Bobby Islam, who alleged that two films selected for the awards were not eligible under Rule 3 (b) of the rules of the Orissa State Awards for Films, 2010, which allows only original films to be taken into account.

“The ceremony scheduled for tomorrow will be postponed. The State, through its relevant official, will reassess all award nominations. During such a reassessment, the result will be brought to the attention of the petitioner and all those concerned. In the event that the petitioner reports to this Court that his grievance has been dealt with or that a decision is required, the ceremony will take place after the order for disposition of the petition in brief. the court order said Monday.


A state government official said the awards ceremony was offered on December 16 and 17.

Awards for the film were announced last month.

Two of them – “Khushi” and “Golmal Love” – ​​nominated for awards in different categories were not original, Bobby Islam told the High Court.

While Khushi is a remake of the 2013 South Korean film ‘Hope’ directed by Lee Joon-ik, Gomaal Love is a copy of the 2012 Punjabi film Carry On Jatta directed by Smeep Kang. Both films are carbon copies of originals, “Bobby Islam said in his petition. He said the jury selected” Khushi “for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editor and Best Child Artist while Golmaal Love was selected as Best Comedy Feature .

Like the Korean movie “Hope” in which the female protagonist, a young schoolgirl named Hope, is sexually assaulted by a stranger and undergoes major surgery, Khushi released in 2019 is based on the rape of a schoolgirl, Khushi, which leaves the survivor and her family devastated.


Islam in his petition alleged that although his film “Chabirani” was based on real events from the 1980s and was an original, the jury nevertheless selected two films which violated the rules of the Orissa State Awards for Films, 2010 His film is based on the gang rape and murder of journalist Chhabirani Mohapatra in a riverbed in Jagatsinghpur district, sparking massive national outrage against the JB Patnaik state government.

Last month Islam and an actor in the film “Chhabirani” attempted suicide in front of Naveen Niwas to protest the alleged favoritism in the film awards.

During the hearing, the state government said the Islam film contained immoral sexually explicit acts and had the potential to cause a stir if rewarded. “It could have spoiled the social harmony of the society as the so-called authors of the film’s story belonged to a particular caste / community,” the state government said in its response.


The Odisha State Film Awards, instituted in 1968 and awarded by the state’s Department of Culture, have been the subject of controversy in the past.

In 2017, famous film actress Mahesweta Ray questioned the jury’s choice to award the award for Best Supporting Actor for the film “Dele Dhara Katha Sare”, claiming that her role in the film “Chini” was much more significant. “I believe that the role I played in Chini was more important and robust than the other. There should be transparency in the selection process and the lists of jury members for the past 15 years should be declared to understand the judging capacity of the jury and provide some clarity on the basis on which the prizes are decided ” , said Ray.


In 2015, questions were raised about the government asking former IAS officer Sanjeev Hota to chair the jury despite not having been associated with filmmaking.

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