Bijaya Jena

Bijaya Jena is a National Award-winning film director, and the Odiya State Award-winning film actress. A product of the Pune Film School, Bijaya started out as an actress, playing a sensational fictional character in Kamal Amrohi’s historical magnum opus Razia Sultan. She has also acted in a variety of TV serials and the films of KA Abbas, Ketan Mehta, and Nicholas Meyer. Additionally, Bijaya has served on several international film juries, including IFFI and the Dhaka International Film Festival; and is the recipient of the Odisha Lifetime Dedication Award and the Pinamar Municipality Award (Argentina). Her second directorial venture had Hungarian maestro Istval Gaal as her script advisor. Bijaya is now in the pre-production stage of a big-budget Indo-French co-production film.
  • National Award winning films

    Ministry requested to revive screening of National Award winning films on DD

    In earlier times, Doordarshan (DD) used to screen National Award winning films as well as films that were selected in the Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). For this, the respective filmmaker received a fee of Rs. 25 lacs. This practise came to a close...
  • The Voice of Women in the Arts

    The Voice of Women in the Arts

    Women today are making their voice heard in all forms of the arts, and in particular, cinema. Older women are taking interest in cinema with the advent of smartphones in Nepal as well as other countries. All have important stories to tell, and social media too is of great...
  • The Servant

    The Servant

    The Servant Director: Joseph Losey Writers: Harold Pinter, Robin Maugham Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig Genre: Drama Language: English Release date: 1964 Duration: 1 hour, 56 mins. Awards: winner of 3 BAFTAs, and nominated for a Venice Golden Lion   Story Published in 1948, THE SERVANT is...
  • Women in Cinema

    Women in Cinema

    Women in Hollywood as well as Bollywood are mostly portrayed as objects of desire, and it is no different in mainstream South Asian and Bangladeshi cinema. This formed the topic at the two-day Women in Cinema Conference 2019 held as part the Dhaka International Film Festival. Sharing their professional...
  • Bernardo Bertolucci

    Bernardo Bertolucci

    The iconic Italian film director whose films are best known for their colorful visual style and fluid camerawork, Bernardo Bertolucci, passed away recently, creating a void in the field of cinema. Bertolucci started his career as an assistant director with Pier Paolo Pasolini in Accattone (1961), and considered Jean Luc Godard as...