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Niraba Jhada (1983)

Ashok Palit was born, at Kedarpura village in the Soro area of Balasore district in March,1,1955. At an early age he had started writing in Meena Bazar page of Odia daily The Prajantantra published from Cuttack. In 1974 Ashok was awarded best writer for children literature by Prajantatra Prachar Samiti. He started his professional career as a Journalist joining as Subeditor in Odia daily ”Pragati vadi’ after completing his post graduate degree in Odia Language and Literature from Utkal University. He has active interest in film journalism, and is currently residing at Bhubaneswar with his family.

Niraba Jhada (The silent storm) is an 1983 award winning Oriya film directed by Manmohan Mahapatra.The film was produced by Manamohan under Chhaya Dhwani Productions. This is the only Odia film to be archived under Indian Films & Videos  sections in the Library of Congress.


  • Hemant Das
  • Niranjan Patnaik
  • Jayaswami
  • Batakrishna Tripathy
  • Rai Charan Das
  • Asim Basu


  • Production: Chhayadhwani Production
  • Direction and Screenplay: Manmohan Mahapatra
  • Camera: Bidhu Shree  Bindhani and Shekhar
  • Music: Shantanu Mahapatra
  • Editing: Satyendra Mohanty
  • Art: Asim Basu and Sampad


The insular world of a single, remote village in Orissa becomes the universe for two hours in this absorbing, revealing film. Within these confines, Manmohan Mahapatra captures the historical drama of an uprooted rural peasantry simply by setting his story at the very moment when the last landowning peasant in the village, Bhamar, struggles to keep his family plot out of the hands of the landlord Janardan, to whom all of the other villagers have been forced to mortgage their land. Now those who once tilled their own fields are Janardan’s virtual slaves, and others are forced to do backbreaking labor in the nearby stone quarry. In the tale of two peasants, Bhamar and Haria, and their worries over their respective daughters of marriageable age, Mahapatra captures the ironic role of tradition in a village where, on the one hand, it seems nothing has changed for generations, and on the other, so much has been lost that poverty now fosters superstition and helplessness. But, in ignorance, hope lives on..


Manmohan Mahapatra’s “Niraba Jhada” is a beautiful, grueling film about a peasant’s brave stand against a greedy landlord’s determination to grab the peasant’s holdings, the last bit of property in the region not in his possession. This is as uncompromising a film imaginable about a people mired in virtual slavery, upheld by ignorance, superstition and tradition, yet it also is a tribute to humanity’s strength to endure and even to hope. 


  • National Award as Best regional Film in 31 st National Film festival
  • National Award For Best Photography Bidhu Shree Bindhani and Shekhar