The Odia short film, Ghubukudu, which is based on the struggle for survival of traditional stunt artistes, has been officially selected in two international film festivals. The 13-minute short will be screened at the International First-Time Filmmaker Sessions at Maplewood Studio, UK, and the Short Long World Festival at Corrientes, Argentina, which will be held this weekend.
Sushant Panda, who has written and directed the film, said Ghubukudu is a traditional stunt art prevalent in western Odisha. It’s performed by a community of people whose numbers have been dwindling over the years. The Ghubukudu artistes travel from village to village and perform stunts. As part of the stunt, the stunt artiste buries his head in the ground, while his partner plays music and sings songs. Entire families survive on the meagre income of the artistes.