Release date30 March 2012 (2012-03-30) WriterBapu Goswami (dialogue & lyrics), Sushant Mani (story) GenresThriller, Drama film, Crime film CastBabushan Mohanty (Tanmay Mohanty), Shreya Jha (Monalisa), Bijay Mohanty (Mohan Das), Samresh Rautrai (Kalidas Patnaik), Ajit Das (Monas father) Similar moviesBabushan Mohanty and others appear in Luchakali and Love Master
Luchakali (English: Hide and seek) is an Oriya drama and thriller film released on 30 March 2012. it features Babushan, Shriya Jha, Samaresh Routray and Ajit Das in key roles with original music by Anbu Selvam. It is partially inspired by Hollywood thriller Sleeping with the Enemy.
Tanmay Mohanty (Babushan) is a sculpturist and deadly love with Monalisa Das (Sherya Jha). Tanmay is an orphan and Monalisa takes care of everything in the life of Tanmay. Oneday Monalisa's father become blind in an accident. To manage the poor financial condition of the family, Monalisa's step-mother agrees to the marriage proposal by one Kalidas Patnaik (Samaresh Routray) with Monalisa with a consideration of heavy amount offered by Kalidas. Kalidas ia poet and has obsessive-compulsive personality disorder symptoms. After Kalidas's marriage with Monalisa, he tries to torture her a lot. While they are traveling in a boat, Monalisa escapes by jumping into water.
Kalidas tries to search Monalisa everywhere but can't find her. in the meanwhile Tanmay rescue Monalisa from water and keeps her in a secret place. Meanwhile, tries to take revenge upon Kalidas. When Kalidas with the help of Police Inspector Mohan (Bijay Mohanty traces their whereabouts, Tanmay and Monalisa escapes from the scene. At last when Kalidas tries to kill Monalisa, Tanmay reaches the scene, saves Monalisa by killing Kalidas.
Babushan ... Tanmay Mohanty
Shriya Jha ... Monalisa Das
Samaresh Routray ... Kalidas Patnaik
Bijay Mohanty ... Mohan Das
Ajit Das ... Mona's father
Bikash Das ... Nira Kakei
Shweta Acharya ... Monalisa's step mother
Ankita Bhowmick ... Priya
Megha Ghosh ... Item song dancer
The film is shot at various locations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Dhenkanal.
The film generally received positive reviews from critics especially for Samaresh Routray. FullOrissa gave it 3 out of 5 and commented "It seems like Samaresh has shared this script with Susant Mani only for winning an award in the next upcoming celebrity award shows. Susant Mani as usual have done a great job in Luchakali. The movie is technically well driven, The Thrillers in this movie are one of its type in Oriya Movie Industry. ". Odisha Today mentioned " Director Susant Mani, who is also written the script, made few experiment in the plot to give a different taste, a suspense thriller." The New Indian Express quoted "The movie has a lot of special effects to keep the thrill quotient up. Even as the movie scores high on technical aspects, there are some loose ends to the music. Compared to Sushant’s previous hit Chocolate, the music in Luchakali is slow. The film’s music has been scored by Anbu Selvan who happens to be the guitarist of A R Rahman. Goodly Rath’s soulful musical touch in Sushant’s Chocolate is missing this time."
The Music for the film is composed by Anbu Selvam
The film did not well in the box office and declared as an average.
4th Tarang Cine Awards 2013
Best Actor in negative role-Samaresh Routray
Best Actress in negative role-Shweta Acharya
Best Cinematographer - Abhiram Mishra
Etv Oriya Film Awards 2013
Best Oriya Film (Nominated)
Best Director(Nominated)- Sushant Mani
Best Actor in negative role(Nominated)-Samaresh Routray