Nila Madhab Panda

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Nila Madhab Panda
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Born (1973-10-18) 18 October 1973 (age 47)
Sonepur, Odisha, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film Maker, Director
Years active1998 – present
Spouse(s)Barnali Rath Panda
ChildrenAatman Panda

Nila Madhab Panda (born 18 October 1973) is an Indian film producer and director. Panda has produced and directed over 70 films, documentaries and shorts [1] based on social issues such as climate change, child labor, education, water issues, sanitation and many other developmental issues in India. Most of his films draw inspiration from his own life, having won several awards and critical acclaim for his films which have been received as entertaining yet socially relevant. [2] [3]



Nila Madhab Panda is an Odia director and producer involved in making mainstream and parallel Hindi films, documentaries, Short films and public service advertising campaigns. [4] Nila has served on the juries of national and international film festivals. Nila started his career by assisting director Robin Romanov and Producer Barbara Broccoli.

His first feature film “I Am Kalam” became an iconic film winning 34 international awards along with a national award. [5] [6] His second feature film “Jalpari” (desert mermaid) received the MIP Junior award at Cannes. [7] He continued making path breaking films like “Babloo Happy Hai (babloo is happy), “Kaun Kitney Paani Mein (in troubled water). His project “Kadvi Hawa (Dark wind)”, was highly rated and critically acclaimed globally and received a national award. [8] [9] This is one of the first films that brought climate change into Indian cinema. His feature-length documentary “God’s own people” narrated by Amitabh Bachhan connects between people's faith with tree and God.
Halkaa (relief) was his production - a musical film with children. The film narrates a story about the “Swachhata Abhiyaan” [Clean India Mission] and the importance of sanitation. This film has won Best Film at the Grand Prix in Poland [10] In Feb 2021, Panda announced that his First Odia language film 'Kalira Atita' had been submitted to the Oscars 2021 in the General Category and was available for Academy Screening. [11] However, The film did not make the cut for Oscar Nominations. [12]

Early life

Panda hails from Dasharajpur Village, in Subarnapur District of Western Odisha, the youngest of five siblings. Education in a rural Indian Village meant a school with no building, walking 4-9 km daily. In 1995, after failing to Graduate, Panda left Delhi and landed the job of a camera attendant. There he learnt the intricacies of filmmaking. He is stated to have studied Entrepreneurship at IIM Bangalore.[ citation needed ]


Feature films

YearTitleCredited asNotesRef(s)
2002SwajaldharaYesYesDocumentary [13]
2005Climates First OrphansYesYesDocumentary [13] [14]
2010 I am Kalam YesYes [15]
2012 Jalpari Yes [16]
2014 Babloo Happy Hai YesYes [17]
2015 Kaun Kitne Paani Mein YesYesYes [18]
2016God's Own PeopleYesDocumentary [19]
2017 Kadvi Hawa YesYesYes [20]
2018 Halkaa YesYes [21] [22]
2019 Biju Babu Yes
2020 Kalira Atita (Yesterday’s Past) YesYes

Film awards

Other awards and recognition

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<i>Kadvi Hawa</i> 2017 Indian film directed by Nila Madhab Panda

Kadvi Hawa is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language drama film, directed by Nila Madhab Panda and produced by Panda, Drishyam Films and Akshay Parija. Based on the theme of climate change, the film stars Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey and Tillotama Shome in lead roles. It was released on 24 November 2017. It also got a Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards held on 7 April 2017. The film is presented by Drishyam Films.

<i>Halkaa</i> 2018 Indian film directed by Nila Madhab Panda

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