This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages) Some of this article's listed sources may not be reliable. Please help this article by looking for better, more reliable sources. Unreliable citations may be challenged or deleted. (February 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.Find sources: "Nila Madhab Panda" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (February 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This article's tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for suggestions. (February 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. The specific problem is: tone and grammar, sources. Please help improve this article if you can. (February 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Nila Madhab Panda
Film Maker Nila Madhab Panda.jpg
Born (1973-10-18) 18 October 1973 (age 49)
Sonepur, Odisha, India
Occupation(s)Filmmaker, director
Years active1998 – present
SpouseBarnali Rath Panda
ChildrenAatman Panda
HonoursPadma Shri (2016)

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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, and 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.[5]


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.[6] He has served on the juries of national and international film festivals, such as International Film Festival of India (IFFI).[7] He 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.[8][9] His second feature film Jalpari (Desert Mermaid) received the MIP Junior award at Cannes.[10] He continued making path breaking films like Babloo Happy Hai (Babloo is happy) and Kaun Kitne Paani Mein (In troubled water). His project Kadvi Hawa (Dark wind) was highly rated and critically acclaimed globally and received a national award.[11][12] 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 Bachchan connects between people's faith with tree and God.[13]

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. It won Best Film at the Grand Prix in Poland.[14] In February 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.[15] However, the film did not make the cut for Oscar nominations.[16]


Feature films

Year Title Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Producer Writer
2002 Swajaldhara Yes Yes Documentary [17]
2005 Climates First Orphans Yes Yes Documentary [17][18]
2010 I am Kalam Yes Yes [19]
2012 Jalpari Yes [20]
2014 Babloo Happy Hai Yes Yes [21]
2015 Kaun Kitne Paani Mein Yes Yes Yes [22]
2016 God's Own People Yes Documentary [23]
2017 Kadvi Hawa Yes Yes Yes [24]
2018 Halkaa Yes Yes [25][26]
2019 Biju Babu Yes
2020 Kalira Atita (Yesterday’s Past) Yes Yes Odia film

Film awards

Other awards and recognition


  1. ^ "Nila Madhab Panda - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Nila Madhab Panda - Filmography". Art House Cinema. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Nila Madhab Panda's next film is on climate change - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  4. ^ "blowing-the-wind-of-change". Deccan Chronicle.
  5. ^ Shukla, Anuradha. "B-School Brigade On Untrodden Paths". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Climate's First Orphans". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  7. ^ "IFFI Jury - Press Release". Government of India - PIB. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  8. ^ "I Am Kalam Awards". IMDb.
  9. ^ "I Am Kalam Review".
  10. ^ a b "'Jalpari' wins award at Cannes". 10 October 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  11. ^ Prachitara (7 April 2017). "Nila Madhab Panda's Kadvi Hawa bags National Film Award". Odisha Bytes. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  12. ^ Rajpal, Seema. "Why you have to watch Nila Madhab Panda's climate change film Kadvi Hawa ASAP". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  13. ^ Bal, Sandip (25 October 2016). "Bachchan's Voice for Nabakalebara Documentary". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  14. ^ a b "Nila Madhab Panda's Halkaa bags best film Grand Prix in Poland". Hindustan Times. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  15. ^ Balachandran, Logesh (20 February 2021). "Nila Madhab's Odia film Kalira Atita joins Oscars race. Details here". India Today. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Odia Film 'Kalira Atita' Out Of Oscars 2021 Race". Odisha Bytes. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  17. ^ a b Panicker, Anahita (23 November 2017). "We deserve every kind of cinema". The Hindu.
  18. ^ "Climate's First Orphans, from : British Council India". Culture Unplugged.
  19. ^ "I Am Kalam Director to Receive Padma Shri, Says It's an 'Achievement'". NDTV.
  20. ^ "Panda's 'Jalpari-The Desert Mermaid' wins in Singapore". The Times of India.
  21. ^ "Babloo Happy Hai: I am not selling sex and vulgarity, says director". The Times of India.
  22. ^ "'Kaun Kitne Paani Mein' is a satire: Director Nila Madhab Panda". The Indian Express. 26 August 2015.
  23. ^ "Odia filmaker Nila Madhab's documentary 'God's Own People' to be screened at Cannes". DNA India.[dead link]
  24. ^ "Kadvi Hawa director wants people to be conscious about environment". Hindustan Times. 10 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Nila Madhab Panda's Halkaa heads to Montreal for world premiere". Mid-Day.
  26. ^ "Nila Madhab Panda's 'Halkaa' wins top honour at FIFEM fest". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 15 March 2018.
  28. ^ a b "I am Kalam wins Best Feature Film award at Lucas Film Festival | Smile Foundation". Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  29. ^ "Aravindan Puraskaram for Nila Panda". The New Indian Express. The New Indian Express. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  30. ^ PrameyaNews7. "Odisha's Nila Madhab Panda and Kosli poet Haldhar Nag chosen for Padma Shri Award". Prameya News7. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  31. ^ "Martin Scorsese, Istvan Szabo to be honoured at Iffi 2021". Times of India. 23 October 2021. Retrieved 31 October 2021.