Odia Cinema did not emerge in the era of silent movies. In 1974, the Government of Odisha declared film making and construction of cinema theatres as an industry in the state and 2 years later in 1976, it established the Odisha Film Development Corporation in Cuttack. Also known as Ollywood, the name is a portmanteau of the words Olly and Hollywood. The history of Odia cinema is of a glorious past. The first Odia film ‘Sita Bibaha’ was released in the year 1936 and was an important part of the struggle for a manifestation of Odia cultural identity in celluloid form and it is a movable history.

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Colloquially known as Ollywood, the industry of Odia Cinema is based in Cuttack and is a popular on the regional basis