Nearly a quarter century after he made the much acclaimed Sambalpuri film Bhukha that received rave response in national and international film circuits, acclaimed and award-winner filmmaker Sabyasachi Mohapatra is back again with his second venture – Shalabudha (The idiotic old man) – in the same language.

Mumbai-based Mohapatra hails from Subarnapur district and the film is based on the book in the same name penned by his father Kapileswar Mohapatra who was a social reformer and writer. “The story is set in the early 20 {+t} {+h} century.

It has elements of history and fiction and it deals with the then royal rule. The book received both popular and critical response and I am confident that the film shall also receive an identical response,” remarked Mohapatra.

The film is a family affair for Mohapatra, literally. It is being produced by Mohapatra Movie Magic of Mumbai, the production house that Mohapatra and his brothers have floated.

While Susant Mohapatra has been the producer, Prakash Mohapatra has been the director of photography.

“I have made films in several languages but making of a film in my mother tongue gives me a very special feeling,” said the director who made a film on Lord Jagannath in 14 languages - the lone filmmaker in Odia who has gained reputation both as successful commercial and parallel filmmaker.

In his bid to paint an authentic look to the period film, Mohapatra, along with his cast and crew, is camping in Sonepur town at present and shooting the film in exotic locations in and around the historic town.

His cast includes several people who belong to the region and who speak the language.

The shooting scheduled for 30 days would also be shot in indoor studios in Mumbai, he informed.

Subarnapur District Collector Gagan Bihari Swain was the chief guest at the mahurat of the film on Tuesday.