'Patnagarh' Caught In Legal Tangle Yet Again, Dropped From Kolkata Intl Film Fest

29 October 2019


Bhubaneswar: 'Patnagarh’ an Odia movie-based on real-life incident which had claimed the lives of a newly-married man and his grandmother in Bolangir district has yet again faced a setback.

The movie which it's producer claims was selected for screening at the prestigious Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) has been dropped following a legal notice from  Punjilal Meher's wife.

Meher, who is the prime accused in the sensational Patnagarh parcel bomb blast case is an undertrial in the case and is in jail after his bail pleas were rejected by the ADJ Court, Patnagarh and High Court of Orissa.

"Our film was selected for screening at KIFF. Two days back I got a mail that the film has been dropped because of a legal notice," said the movie's producer Sridhar Martha addressing a presser here today.

"Before serving this notice Punjilal's wife had earlier filed a case in the High Court. In that case, the verdict had gone in our favour. She is now sending notices through her lawyer. We had to withdraw from the prestigious KIFF because of her notice," said Manoj Mishra, an Odia actor who plays the character of Punjilal in the film.

Mishra clarified that 'Patnagarh' has been penned by the film director Rajesh Touchriver and is a work of fiction and it has nothing to do with anyone's story.

"We are humans and won't want any human to be hurt that's not our intention. Our only intention is to make a good Odia cinema to be seen at international with sub-titles. It's not an art cinema. It's a commercial cinema which has been done with an artistic and realistic approach. It is an assembly of good national-level actors like Atul Kulkarni, Tanikella Bharani. I would like to tell the people of Odisha that our intention is to show a piece of good cinema and not to hurt anyone's sentiments," he further clarified.

He pointed out that getting selected as an entry in KIFF is no mean achievement.

"Had it been a small festival we would not have hurt us this much. Since KIFF is a big film festival and good cinema gets selected there. So I can vouch that our film is a good one, it was selected for KIFF," he added.

Sridhar Martha, producer

Manoj Mishra, Odia Actor