Nila Madhab Panda
Nila Madhab Panda has produced and directed over 70 diverse and cutting edge Films, documentaries and shorts. These films are based on important social issues such as climate change, child labor, education, water issues, sanitation and many other developmental issues in India. His films have won him several awards and critical acclaim. Most of his films have unique insights drawn from his own life, the metaphorical distance that he has traversed from a small obscure village based in one of the remotest parts of India, to metropolitan cities across the globe. His films are entertaining, yet portray profusely socially relevant themes; driving home the point that films can be a powerful medium of positive social change.
His first iconic feature film, the highly acclaimed ‘I am Kalam’, has won 32 International awards, one national award. Amongst the most prestigious he won Viewers’ Choice award at IFFLA, People’s Choice Award at the Montreal, Best Feature Film and best director award in California, Most Prestigious “The Don Quixote Prize” of the ICCF at Germany, Best film at Frankfurt and Bronze Cairo, The Prize of the International Center of Films For Children & Young People, Best film from the Indian Panorama by the Young Jury at the IFFI, Goa, Best Debut Director Aravindam Purashkaram, and many more.
His second feature film “Jalpari”, about female feticide and gender equality, was also well received by audience and was highly acclaimed. It received the prestigious, MIP Junior award at Cannes. His third feature film “Babloo Happy Hai”, was well received, based on Youths and HIV/AIDS. It was also well appreciated by audience and critics in India. His new film “Kaun Kitney paani main, a satire on water crisis in India released last August. The film is highly critically acclaimed. The film talks about the current scenario & how water will become a scarce currency unless we save and manage it.
Nila Madhab Panda is one of our more interesting contemporary directors, even though his output is uneven. Panda’s films tend to be sombre, languidly paced and deal with important social issues.