Bijaya Mohanty
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Bijaya Mohanty is a National award winning actor and has been the most identifiable film personality in Orissa’s Cine world. He has played diverse roles in more than 180 films and has acted in Oriya, Bengali, Hindi and Telegu films. Three films where he has acted have bagged the prestigious National Awards. The versatile actor has also played unforgettable roles in serials.

Early Life


Bijaya was born and brought up in Baripada (Orissa).

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He started doing drama as early in his 10th class. From Class X till BA classes, he participated and acted in several plays.Then he joined National School of Drama. This credit goes to Prasanna Mohanty, a senior from National School of Drama who saw him on stages, appreciated his talent and encouraged to join NSD. He passed-out of NSD, along with classmates like Nasseruddin shah, Raj Babbar, Om Puri.

After that he dabbled in theatre for some time. He remained in Delhi till 1975, gaining considerable amount of experiences in theatres.Then he came back home .In mean time, he directed many plays and also conducted a short term theatre training course for Orissa Government.

As time passed by nothing was falling in place for him. His disillusionment about career prospects made him restless. So he planned to leave Orissa. But something better happened. At the bus stand itself, a telegram arrived for him which said, “Come for shooting: Babu Bhai”. He had been called to a venue for shooting, Ranihat, Cuttack by Babu Bhai. Later he found out Babu Bhai to be Dr Basant Mohapatra. Basant heard about his passing from NSD and wanted him to act as the protagonist in his production “Sankalpa”, which was directed by Prafulla Mohanty. But, after 12 days, its shooting ended abruptly.

Then Bijaya came to Bhubaneswar and met Sangeet Natak Academy secretary Manoranjan Das, whose dramas he had directed earlier. Das asked Bijaya whether to become the first teacher in the drama department that the institute was going to open shortly. Bijaya agreed him and joined the drama department.

Life and Career


Bijay Mohanty started his stint with the Oriya film industry with the film Chilika Tire. The film happened to him incidentally. Lyricist Satyabrata Das informed that director Biplab Rai Choudhury was waiting for him at Chilika along with the entire crew. Bijaya rushed there to be welcomed into the team of “Chilika Tire”.The film bagged National Award later.

Films became his way of life and passion after he joined in the Drama department of the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya in 1977. Super hit film Naga Phasa established him as an actor, but in a negative role.

Thereafter, he appeared in films like ‘Bipasha’, ‘Pati Patni’, ‘Sautuni’, ‘Samay Bada Balwan’, ‘Danda Balunga’, ‘Sahari Bagha’, ‘Chaka Bhaunri’ and ‘Chaka Akhi Sabu Dekhuchi’ in negative roles. Back in Baripada, from where he hails, Mohanty had formed a drama troupe Jugechha, which was a well-known troupe and staged play in different parts of Orissa as well as the country.

Bijay Mohanty is probably the one and only actor in the modern day who has tried his hand in all types of roles – hero, villain, comedian and character role. Notably, he has played all these roles successfully and much to the appreciation of the film-lovers. He has left impressive marks as a character artiste in films like ‘Ki Heba Sua Posile’, ‘Bhisma Pratigya’, ‘Bhai Hela Bhagari’, ‘Suna Panjuri’, ‘Laxman Rekha’, ‘Rakhi Bhijigala Akhi Luhare’ and ‘I Love My India’. He has also tried his hand in direction with the film ‘Bhuli Hue Na’ and has been successful in his directorial debut.

Personal Life


He married co-actress Tandra Ray and lives in Bhubaneswar with his kids..

Filmography


1970s
Chilika Tire(77)
Pati Patni(1978)
Sautuni (1979)
Arati(1981)
1980s
Samay Bada Balwan(1982)
Chaka Bhaunri(1985)
Mamata Mage Mula(1985)
Sahari Bagha(1985)
Ei Aam Sansara(1986)
Chaka Akhi Sabu Dekhuchi(1989)
1990s
Aam Ghara Aam Sansara(1991)
Aam Ghara Aam Sansara(1991)
Ki Heba Sua Posile (1991)
Bhisma Pratijna(1993)
Bhai Hela Bhagari(1994)
Suna Panjuri(1995)
Laxman Rekha(1996)

Bipasha, Danda Balunga, Rakhi Bhijigala Akhi Luhare,I Love My India.

Small screen(serials worked):
'Asara Aloka’, ‘Sri Jagannath’, ‘Subhadra’, ‘Sara Akasa’, ‘Samaya Chaka’, ‘Sakalara Apeksha Re’, ‘Nadekhile Loka Dekha’, ‘Mahayajna’ and ‘Bidhatara Khela’.

Awards


  • Won the State Film Awards six times-:Arati (1981), Mamata Mage Mula (1985), Ei Aam Sansara (1986), Aam Ghara Aam Sansara (1991), Bhisma Pratijna (1993) and Bhai Hela Bhagari (1994).
  • Orissa Cine Critics Award in 1987 for “Best Actor of the Decade”.
  • a National Award for contribution to art and literature.

References/ External Links


1.http://www.orissadiary.com/personality/artist/bijoy.asp
2.http://www.izeans.com/node/75
3.http://www.orissacinema.com/bijaya.html

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