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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Jai Jagannnath, a movie directed by the highly talented Oriya director Sabyasachi Mohapatra is being released with a record number of 13 languages apart from English, Hindi and Oriya. Jai Jagannath is a multi-lingual socio-mythological feature film. State of the art graphics, rich production values and divine music are the highpoints of Jai Jagannath. This socio-mythological film has six songs in all.
The era of mythological films seems to be coming back. The film is based on ancient scripture Lakshmi Puran. The film is shot in DTS format. Sabyasachi Mohapatra is a highly respected and successful Oriya filmmaker. He has received several national and international awards.
Jai Jagannath is slated for a November 9th, 2006 release. It coincides with Laxmi Pooja Day. It stars Sadhu Meher, Jyoti Mishra, Sreetham Das, Pinto, Shila Lipi, Sarat Poojari and Devashish and is being produced under the banner Mohapatra Movie Magic Pvt. Ltd and is produced by B. Chintu Mohapatra.
A brief outline on the story of Jai Jagannath
The story of Jai Jagannath is based on the ancient scripture Lakshmi Puran. The untouchables were not allowed to pray, worship and do rituals to god in the ancient ages. Sriya - one of the important characters in this story dares to pray and worship and wins over the support of goddess Lakshmi. The real drama begins when Lakshmi is separated by Lord Jagannath at the behest of his brother Balabhadra because she ends discrimination on earth by encouraging even untouchables to conduct rituals and worship.
As Lakshmi moves out of Jagannath's household both Jagannath and Balabhadra undergo immense suffering so much so that they have to starve without water and food. The curse of Lakshmi had a severe impact on both the brothers that for 12 years they had a tough time. Soon they realised the importance of Lakshmi and were keen to bring her back to their abode.
Lakshmi returned to Jagannath's abode on one condition that there will be no discrimination of caste and creed on earth. This unique story highlighted that for god everyone was equal besides it reflected the reforms and progressive stance of gods from the ancient times. Only in the end through Narad it is revealed that Jagannath to end casteism and discrimination had himself "set up" these series of events which highlighted the social message besides the strength of true spirituality.