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Odisha born Indian Filmmaker makes Hollywood Debut


Monday June 09, 2014

India, Odisha, Hollywood Movie, Solila Parida, Desires of the Heart  

"Odisha has made a step ahead into Hollywood movie world with an Odisha born US based Producer - Writer Solila Parida making her Hollywood debut with her film ‘Desires of the Heart’ - a story of reincarnation and love between two hearts living world apart."


Sujata Mahapatra


Beyond disasters and mineral riches, Odisha is now getting a new face through its talents hitting the headlines in international media for their exceptional achievement. The state has made a step ahead into the glamourous movie world with an Odisha born US based Producer - Writer Solila Parida making Hollywood debut with film ‘Desires of the Heart’ - a story of reincarnation and love between two hearts living world apart.

Telling a story on the historical backdrop of the custom of ‘Sati’, the movie showcases love between two Indian Souls. The film ‘Desires of the Heart’ is a blend of romance and mystery, said the producer Solila Parida on November 23, 2012, in Bhubaneswar.


Directed by James Kicklighter (Followed, The Car Wash, Final Acts), crew of the movie includes Rajesh Rathi (Red Carpet, Chase, Apartment, Naughty at 40, Bhawander fame) as Co-Director, Bruce Kiesling in music, Anthony Guerrero in editing, Tim Gill in cinematography and Solila Parida in multiple roles of Producer-Writer-Creative Director.

While Hollywood stars like Val Lauren and Alicia Minshew along with the veteran Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover and National Award winning actor Harsh Mayar feature in lead roles, another Odishan filmmaker Jitendra Mishra, the associate/executive producer of the critically acclaimed film ‘I am Kalam’ who has also produced over 100 short films and Ad films, is the associate producer of ‘Desires of the Heart’.

The whole shooting schedule spanning over five weeks, production of the movie is completed recently. The first part of the movie is shot in Savannah, Georgia (USA) while the second part is shot in Bikaner, Rajasthan (India). The producer’s plan is to send the film to the Berlin film festival (EFM) in February and going for a worldwide release in April 2013.

Solila Parida, the founder of DOTH Entertainment LLC, USA, that produced the film ‘Desires of the Heart’, is a multi talented professional with her graduation degree in economics followed by courses in Film Direction and Production at Hollywood Film Institute, Business management in USA and Fashion designing in London. Engaged in making crossover films since last 20 years, Solila has entered Hollywood movie arena as a Producer with ‘Desires of the Heart’. She has already produced Kabir Bedi, Pooja Bedi, Moon Moon Sen starrer Hindi feature film ‘Vishkanya’ and two other Films ‘Koi Hai’ and ‘Bandit Lovers’.

Having made four feature films, Solila aims at making more movies in English for the Global market taking stars from Hollywood and Bollywood, both. Our best wishes to the filmmaker who strengthens the presence of India, and obviously of Odisha, in Hollywood - Heart of the glamour world.

(Sujata Mahapatra is a Bhubaneswar based TV Journalist representing 'India TV' in Odisha)


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