Bijay Mohanty (ବିଜୟ ମହାନ୍ତି) was born in Pandiri (Kendrapara) on 8 April and brought up in Baripada, Mayurbhanj, Odisha. He started acting in his school days while studying in MKC High School (Baripada). After his graduation from BA, he joined the National School of Drama. He passed successfully from the NSD with classmates like Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar, Om Puri etc. He acted in the theaters and stayed in Delhi up to 1975. After returning to Orissa, he devoted himself to directing plays.
In 1977, he started his career in the Oriya film industry with the film Chilika Tire which won the National Award for that year. He has acted almost all kinds of roles ranging from hero, villain, comedian, character roles etc. In every field he left his uncomparable mark.
Awards and honours…
He was honoured with National Award for his contribution to art and literature. Won the State Film Awards six times for Arati (1981), Mamata Mage Mula (1985), Ei Aam Sansara (1986), Aam Ghara Aam Sansara (1991), Bhisma Pratijna (1993) and Bhai Hela Bhagari (1994). Orissa Cine Critics Award in 1987 for “Best Actor of the Decade”.