Critically acclaimed filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda’s Odia film ‘Kalira Atita’ (Yesterday’s Past) has entered the Oscar race. The movie on climate change will be competing under the categories – Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director among others. Kalira Atita is the directorial debut of Nila Madhab Panda. The story of the film revolves around the disappearing villages along India’s eastern coastline in Odisha due to rising sea levels.

Announcing the entry of his film in the Oscar race, the director took to Twitter to write: “In a year full of challenges, feel extremely happy to announce #KaliraAtita has made its entry into the Oscar race in general entry category 4 best picture, Best Actor, Best Director & many other categories. It’s being made available for academy screening, Grateful to everyone”.

“I followed the story for a decade, and eventually by 2018, I saw all the villages being consumed by the sea. #KaliraAtita is a movie for the planet, a movie for humanity,” he wrote in another tweet.

Kalira Atita is available at the Academy Screening Room. It will later be viewed by the academy members for votes and nominations.

“It was a difficult year to make it qualify as all theatres are shut in Los Angles and New York. We have started publicity and reaching out to juries to show the film,” Nila Madhab Panda told news agency IANS.

Starring Pitobash Tripathy, Kalira Atita was earlier screened in the Panorama section at 51st International Film Festival of India in Goa.

Earlier, Nila Madhab Panda has portrayed similar concerns regarding climate change through his films Kadvi Hawa (2017) and Kaun Kitne Paani Mein (2015).