Bijaya Jena

Bijaya Jena (also known as Dolly Jena or Bijoya Jena; Odia: ଡଲି େଜନା), born 16 August in Cuttack, Orissa, is an Indian actor, film director and producer. She won the Indian National Film Award (Best director) for the Oriya language film Tara.

Bijaya Jena
Bijaya Jena (Dolly Jena)
Born16 August
OccupationDirector, Producer

Jena played Laila in Razia Sultan and then later proceeded to act in some Odia films. After acting in several films, she went on to direct and write several scripts of her own.[1] She served on the Governing Council of FTII from 1992 to 1995.

Early life

Jena is the youngest of three children. Her mother came from a Zamindar background and her father, the late B. C. Jena was a Civil Engineer. In her early teens, Jena enrolled in the Film and Television Institute of India and received her Diploma of Film Acting.

Jena participated in an International Transpersonal Association Conference (a science and religion conference). She attended a course in Erhard Seminars Training.

Acting career

Jena performed in Hindi and Odia films, television serials like Ek Kahani, Vikram Betaal, Param Veer Chakra and TV plays like Gogol's Inspector General, Mahesh Elkunchwar's Aks Aur Aina. She received the State Award for Best Actress for her performance in the Odia film Jaga Balia. Hindi films include K. A. Abbas' The Naxalites, Kamal Amrohi's Razia Sultan, Ketan Mehta's Holi. She appeared in Hakim Babu which received a National Award for Best Oriya Film. Jena also appeared in Ismail Merchant's British film, The Deceivers, directed by Nicholas Meyer.[2][3]

Writing, directing, and production career

In 1992, Jena made her directoral debut with the Oriya language film, Tara. She cowrote the script and produced the film and also played the title role.[4] Tara was based on a short story by Bimal Dutt, who was the main scriptwriter. Tara was completed with a budget of approximately US $20,000, which Jena borrowed from family members and national and state government agencies. The film received the 1992 National Award for Best Oriya Film. The President of the Jury, Adoor Gopalakrishnan described Jena as a promising director. Tara screened at the 1992 Festival International du Cinema Au Feminin in Marseilles, France and at the 1992 Cairo International Film Festival.

Jena's second film, Abhaas (1997) is in the Hindi language.[5] Jena acted, scripted, directed, and produced the film. The film's budget was approximately US $60,000. The film's script advisor was István Gaál. Abhaas was screened at the 1997 Festival International du Film de la Rochelle, France; the 1997 Penang Film Festival, Malaysia and the 1997 Cairo International Film Festival. In 2013, Abhaas was telecast on BBC Channel 4, BBC as part of the "100 years of Indian Cinema" celebration. It was also shown by the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation in October 2014.

In 2016, Jena plans to co-produce with Morteza Mohammadi of France the Oriya film, Danapani ("The Survivor"). Jena wrote the script based on an Oriya novella by late Gopinath Mohanty. The script was approved by the India National Film Development Corporation.[6]

Acting credits

  • Abhaas (Prologue) (1997) (Hindi film)
  • Tara (1992) (Oriya Film)
  • The Deceivers (1988) (English Film)
  • Jantar Mantar (1988) (TV Episodes)
  • Param Veer Chakra (1988) (TV Episode Albert Eka)
  • Vikram Aur Betaal (1987) (TV Episode no 10)
  • Ek Kahani (1987) (TV episode Odia story)
  • Uparaant (1987) (Hindi Film)
  • Heera Neela (1985) (Oriya Film)
  • Hakim Babu (1984) (Oriya Film)
  • Holi (1984) (Hindi film)
  • Jaga Balia (1983) (Oriya Film)
  • Amma (1983) (Hindi film)
  • Ashar Akash (1983) (Oriya Film)
  • Razia Sultan (1982) (Hindi film)
  • The Naxalites (1981) (Hindi film)


  • Odiya State Award (Best Actress) for Jaga Balia, 1984
  • Nominated for Best Actress for "Tara" in Women's Film Festival (Marseille, France, 1992)
  • Indian National Film Awards 1992 (Best Regional Film) for Tara
  • Nominated for Golden Pyramid for Hindi film "Abhaas" in Cairo International Film Festival, 1997 (Egypt)
  • Lifetime Dedication Award (Odisha, 2012)
  • Pinamar Municipality Award (Argentina, 2014)

Jury member


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  2. Das, Pranab; Das, Ajit; Das, Hemanta; Jaya (1 January 2000), Hakim Babu, retrieved 20 December 2016
  3. "Merchant Ivory Productions". Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  4. "An Actor and a Director" The Hindu
  5. Abhaas IMDb.
  6. Indo French co production Bollywood Trade website 2016.
  8. "The members of Jury of 12th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival are fascinated by Armenian hospitality | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency". Retrieved 18 July 2016.
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