Naveen greets ‘Sabas Biju’ team

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday greeted the young and talented team of award-winning children’s film ‘Sabas Biju’ on the eve of its screening in the Capital city.

The CM saw the promo of the children’s film and lauded child protagonist Snehal Sujal Mohanty and writer-director Santosh Panda.

“#BijuBabu was truly an inspiration for generations that bears testimony with the overwhelming response to the short children’s film #SabasBiju. Greeted the young and talented team behind this wonderful production & wished them success for the film,” Patnaik tweeted.

The two-hour long film is about an 11-year-old boy who is inspired by freedom fighter and former chief minister of Odisha, Biju Pattnaik. The protagonist is named after this legendary leader whose legends about his adventurous pursuits have inspired many people. The child then takes steps to learn about child rights and help others.

The film was screened at National Children’s Film Festival, Rajasthan, and International children’s Film Festival, Hyderabad. The film was selected among entries from 109 countries.

This nationally and internationally acclaimed film will be screened at Jayadev Bhawan here today. Child actors of the movie will be felicitated on the occasion.

The film has mostly kids from slums and government-run schools who had never been exposed to filmmaking earlier and they have given wonderful performances. Snehal Sujal Mohanty and Subhangi Panda play the leads along with other kids. Known Odia film actors like Harihara Mohapatra, Binayakk Mishra, Chitta Nanda, Mili Mohanty, Kuni Panda, Dharitri Khandual, Manoj Mohapatra, Anant Mishra and others also have acted in this film.

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