Life in rural India during earlier times was simple, environmentally rich, unpolluted and resourceful. The agriculture based villages had unique culture, tradition and folk arts. Sala Boodha captures the quintessential elements of rural landscape in all its simplicity and rustic nature.
Human relationship was a vital aspect of our villages. People were honest, hard working and held values of life very high which enriched the society. Sacrifice and serving others were the watch words within the village community. Villagers were spiritual and pragmatic in their approach to life.
Unlike the present day materialistic rat race in the society, the villagers then had limited aspirations yet were happy and humane. Sala Boodha touches the core of the Indian value system of hope and determination and the will to fight the system against all odds. The villagers love for their farm land and mother earth was unparalleled.
Sala Boodha is a poetic story of faith set in a Odisha village during the pre-independence era. Agriculture being the main occupation, villagers are totally dependent on the crops. Nature especially rains play a momentous role in their lives.
Like every year, villagers pray for good rains but the imminent drought and their anxious wait for the clouds form the backdrop of Sala Boodha. Despite adverse economic conditions the village chief does not loose hope. It is this grand old man who keep the folks motivated and engaged for a bright future is the "hero of the circumstances". Hope, values and faith are the undercurrents of this tribal village life.
The film captures the rich tribal ethos of the Sambalpur region of Odisha. The legacy of rich music, dance and their ethnic language provide the original milieu to this rustic story based on the novel Sala Boodha written by Kapilesswar Prasad Mohapatra, a writer wellknown in Odia-Koshal language and has been felicitated by Sahitya Academy,and many other literary organizations.
This film is a tribute to senior citizens and the ageing population of India on the occasion of cinema in India celebrating its 100 years. I think India's future rests on the strength and faith of people like my hero in Sala Boodha. Today youth needs hope, determination and strong values and my protagonist in the film is an anchor for the villagers in distress.
Instead of looking at elderly people as liability by the younger ones, I feel they are great resource for leading the society. One in every five persons will be over 65 by 2035. It is not just the traditional values but the older generation who could be the lighthouses for the posterity. Sala Boodha has a subtle message for the present fast paced complex society. - Sabyasachi Mohapatra
Cast : Atala Panda,Prithwiraj,Pradyumna,Net
Technical Crew :
Banner : Mohapatra Movie Magic Pvt Ltd
Story : Kapileswar Prasad Mohapatra
Producer : Sushant Mohapatra
Co-Producer : B. Chintu Mohapatra
Director : Sabyasachi Mohapatra
Director of Photography : Aum Prakash Mohapatra
Editor : Rajendra Mahapatra
Associate Director : Kumar CDev Mohapatra