The team of historical drama series 'Vidrohi' had just returned to Mumbai, euphoric after being felicitated by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship at Odisha Parba-2022 on 26th March 2022. Also present for the felicitation were Shri J.B. Mahapatra (Great Great Great Grandson of Baxi Jagabandhu) and Padmabhushan Pratibha Ray. The event was organised by Odia Samaj, Delhi.
Subrat Sinha, Producer, says “We were all so full of gratitude for what had just happened. Within two days of our return to Mumbai, we were informed that a special screening of Vidrohi for the Honourable Home Minister Shri Amit Shah was being organised on 4th April. We were asked to edit a 40 minute episode for it. The entire team was so thrilled. The special screening was held in Delhi at Films Division Auditorium.
The screening was also graced by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Shri Anurag Thakur, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Cabinet Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Bishweswar Tudu, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti, Members of Parliament and Shri Virendra Sehwag - along with many distinguished personalities.”
Producers Subrat Sinha and Dr. Bodhisattva, Creative Director Shri Dhiren Mishra and Historian Dr. Sujit Pruseth, actors Sharad Malhotra, Sulagna Panigrahi, Hemal Dev and British-Indian Danny Sura were felicitated by the Honourable Home Minister after the screening.
Speaking about 'Vidrohi' earning the due recognition, Subrat Sinha of Gaatha Productions says, "It is a proud moment for the entire team of Vidrohi.
What makes it special is that so many distinguished personalities came for the screening despite their super busy schedules. We all are humbled by the love and appreciation we received. I would like to thank Honourable Home Minister Shri Amit Shah ji for recognising our efforts behind 'Vidrohi' and honouring the team by his presence and his words of encouragement! What surprised me & the team further was that Shri Amit Shah ji had already seen many episodes of “Vidrohi”!
He knew the characters well enough!” Dr. Bodhisattva says “It was an honour to tell the story of Baxi Jagabandhu – leader of the Paika Bidroh of Odisha against the East India Company. It was indeed an honour that Shri J.B. Mahapatra, who is the great great great Grandson of Baxi Jagabandhu ji was also present for the screening. Vidrohi was our first production and this recognition has made it even more special. It was an evening to cherish all our lives!”
Subrat Sinha adds “It was an overwhelming experience. My gratitude to Odia Samaj for extending such warmth and welcome to team Vidrohi! And lot of gratitude to Shri Dharmendra Pradhan ji for all the beautiful words he spoke for the show! His appreciation was so heartfelt! Vidrohi' that aired on Star Plus is a true story of India's first rebellion against The East India Company.
It is based in the pre-independence British Era and depicts the life and times of the Odia freedom fighter Baxi Jagabandhu, set in Odisha 1817, in the backdrop of Paika Rebellion. The series is currently available on Disney+ Hotstar.
Producer Subrat Sinha & Dr. Bodhisattva thank the Honourable Home Minister Shri Amit Shah for felicitating the team of 'Vidrohi'