Bhubaneswar, 19 October: National Award winning Odia filmmaker Amiya Ranjan Patnaik left for his heavenly abode today morning at 7.59 at Medant Hospital in Gurugram, leaving behind a gaping hole in the Odia film industry.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was admitted to the hospital on October 10.
Amiya Patnaik was only 63. He is survived by wife Seema Patnaik and son Anupam Patnaik, also a known producer in Odia film industry.
Amiya Patnaik was known as Odisha’s eminent film director and producer of Odisha and a warm personality. His contribution to Odia theatre and films is noteworthy.
He will be remembered for his Odia films Hakim Babu, Mamata Mage Mula, Pua Mora Kala Thakura, Chakadola Karuchi Leela, Rajarani, Chaka Akhi Sabu Dakhuchi, Asuchi Mo Kalia Suna, Paradesi Babu and Tulasi Apa.
Amiya Patnaik made his directorial debut with ‘Mamata Mage Mula’ in 1985. The movie was also his first venture as a producer. Since then he has produced hit movies like ‘Hakim Babu’ (1985), ‘Raja Rani’ (1989), ‘Asuchi Mo Kalia Suna’ (1989), ‘Paradesi Babu’ (1999) and ‘Babu I Love You’ (2005). Hakim Babu got national Award. In 2015 he returned to the director’s chair to churn out the multiple award winning movie, ‘Tulasi Apa’. The movie encapsulates the essence of Tulasi Munda’s life. It enumerates her struggle and highlights her achievements.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter to pay tribute to the legendary filmmaker.
Saddened to learn about the passing away of veteran Odia filmmaker and director Amiya Patnaik. His films transcended generations and entertained people of all ages. His presence behind the camera will be missed by one and all in the Odia film industry.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 19, 2018
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also paid homage to Amiya Patnaik on Twitter.
ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ର ଜଗତର ସୁନାମଧନ୍ୟ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିତ୍ୱ ଅମୀୟ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗରେ ମୁଁ ମର୍ମାହତ । ସେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ର ପ୍ରଯୋଜକ ଓ ଶିଳ୍ପପତି ଭାବରେ ଓଡ଼ିଶାରେ ଏକ ଅନନ୍ୟ ଛାପ ଛାଡ଼ିଯାଇଛନ୍ତି । ଶୋକ ସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଇବା ସହ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରୁଛି ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) October 19, 2018
He had also ventured into small screen with one of the longest running Odia shows ‘Gotie mana ra kotie swapna’ aired on Door Darshan.
He was the Managing Director of Utkal Sambad Prakashan Private Ltd. he was the founding member of Kanak Manjari Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and director of Eastern Media Limited.
Born at keonjhar Amiya started his career in stage at Rourkella and then moved to Bhubaneswar to start his film career. He is the youngest brother of Odisha Congress president Mr Niranjan Patnaik and member of Parliament Mr Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, was a loving person.