A few years ago, the little slum boy from Bhubaneswar had virtually taken the entire nation by storm with his achievements as a marathon runner. Now, the boy is in a government-run sports hostel in the city far away from limelight. He was enrolled there after his stormy separation from his coach and mentor, Biranchi Das, who is no more.
Nevertheless, Budhia may soon be grabbing the headlines again, thanks to Soumendra Padhi, a young movie maker from Odisha who will release a film on the little marathoner titled “Duronto” which means without a stop.
It is a film in Hindi with English subtitles. Currently, the movie is in post-production stage and it will be completed by June-end. It will be ready for release thereafter.A movie on forgotten child marathoner. The movie, Padhi’s maiden feature film venture, is being produced by Code Red Films, an established ad film production house in Mumbai where the film maker had begun his career as an assistant director.The movie is based on the relationship between Budhia and a judo coach (Biranchi Das) who had rescued the little boy from a Bhubaneswar slum and discovered his talent and how they achieved incredible heights together.
The film has been shot at different locations within Odisha and outside, including the temple town of Puri. Budhia had grabbed the limelight for the first time by running his maiden marathon from Puri to Bhubaneswar, a stretch of 60 km, at one go.