Award-winning Odia director and producer Nirad Narayan Mohapatra died on Thursday at a Mumbai hospital at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Mohapatra was undergoing treatment at Fortis Hiranandani Hospital in Mumbai for the past one month for suspected cancer. Although biopsy did not confirm malignancy, he was operated upon twice in a month, his younger brother journalist Sampad Mohapatra said.
Mohapatra joined Pune's Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) to study direction in 1968 after discontinuing his post graduate studies in political science. Five years later, he joined FTII as a lecturer.
In 1984, Mohapatra made an Odia feature film Maya Miriga depicting erosion in family base in a changing society. The film fetched him the second best film award in the National Film Awards. It also earned him international acclaim when it was adjudged the best third-world cinema at International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg in Germany (then West Germany). It also won Critic Week Section award in Cannes Film Festival in France and special jury commendation in Hawaii Film Festival in USA among others.
Mohapatra never made any other feature film, but shot several award-winning documentaries.
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