Sarat Pujari (8 August 1934 – 12 May 2014) was an Indian film actor, director and producer in Odia film industry (Ollywood). He was originally from Jhaduapada, Sambalpur.
Sarat is one of the noted actors of Odiya film industry. He pioneered the Odia cinema in the early sixties.
Early Life & Career:
He was born and brought up in district Head Quarter of Nayagarh. He was inclined towards drama since his matriculation. He has completed his post graduation in Economics and Diploma in Paintings in Allahabad University in 1956.
In 1959 joined as lecturer in Economics in Panchayat College, Bargarh. He was nominated by the Government of Odisha as the member of the Odisha Sangeeta Natak Academy.
From his student life he was interested in drama and other performing arts. At that time Odia film industry was not as developed. At that time he was offered a role in film ‘Laxmi Puja’. After that there was no looking back.
He entered the Odia film industry in 1958 while serving as a teacher in a private college in western Odisha. He acted in about 50 films, besides few television serials.
Some of the famous Odia films in which Sarat acted as a hero include “Tapoi”, “Asanta Graha”, “Astaraga” and “Sadhana”.
He had also directed few Odia films like ‘Tapoi’, ‘Ashanta Graha ‘etc. The Government of Odisha conferred the honour of “Jayadev Aaward of 1985″ for his significant contribution to Odia film industry.
Sarat retired as principal of state-run Sangeta Natak Mahavidyalaya in Bhubaneswar in 1994.
His last film “Pooja Pain Phulatie” was released in 2007. It had bagged National Award for best feature film in Odia.
He also played a negative role in the Internaional award winning Sambalpuri language movie called ‘Bhukha’.
Sarat Pujari died at his rented house on 12th May 2014, he was 80. He suffered a massive cardiac arrest at about 12.30 a.m.
- Jiban Sathi (1963) – sarat
- Matira Manisha (1966) – Baraju
- Kaa (1966)
- Arundhati (1967) – Manoj
- Tapoi(1978) – Director
- Ashanta Graha (1982) SARAT – Director
- Astaraga (1982)- Director
- Andha Diganta (1988)
- Bhukha (1989)
- Drusti (1990)
- Aranya Rodan (1992)
- Aranyaka – Raja Saheb
- Shesha Drushti (1997) – Kedar Babu
- Orissa Cine Artist Association Award (2012)
- Hemanta Das Kala Samman, 2011