Directed by •Vishal Mourya
•Debi Prasad Lenka
Written by •Vishal Mourya
•Debi Prasad Lenka
Produced by Deependra Samal
Deependra Samal Vishal Mourya
Debi Prasad Lenka
• The film is set in 2015. Siddharth, a young doctor who completed his MBBS from Bhubaneswar, has been
posted to Janbai PHC, a cut-off tribal area in the Malkangiri district of Odisha.
• As per the guidelines of Government of Odisha, medical students studying in Government sponsored
medical courses have to serve in tribal or rural areas of Odisha for 5 years otherwise they have to pay 5
crore bond price. So, Siddharth has to go there without his wishes. Janbai PHC having 151 villages under it
and infamous for Naxals dominance with no basic facilities. Siddharth arrives there with much difficulties and
meets Ravindra(Pharmacist). It was very difficult for him to cope with the new place. He tried to escape from
the village by resigning.
• While leaving from there, a villager brought his daughter for treatment thinking it's a DUMA(ghost) but, as
per diagnosis it was found out to be Malaria. His associates informed him there are about 151 villages under
the PHC all around in remote hilly terrains where people aren't interested to come to hospital as they treat
their diseases by exorcism. Siddharth decides to spread awareness in the villages. By the help of some
locals he first went to a village and approach them to take free Malaria tests. In the other village he was
unable to save a girl from exorcism as she died. Determined to eradicate malaria he himself visits all the
villages providing test kits and medication. During his visit to a certain village, the naxalites hijacked the
village where Sidhharth and Ravindra carried a pregnant lady for 10 km where he was unsuccessful to take
her to Malkangiri hospital due to unavailability of boat to cross a river, then decided to take her to his PHC
where delivery successfully done. Soon he realised villagers need mosquito nets. He met the CDMO to
approach DM to provide funds. Somehow he is successful in his mission.
• After six months it was shown that villagers are not using the mosquito nets but for different purposes.
Hence Malaria returned again which took so many lives where Sidhharth feels helpless. Siddharth and
Ravindra assumed villagers may not using nets as per guidelines. He proposed a large scale awareness
campaign named DAMaN in the presence of CDMO and DM with the help from different Government
bodies. 3 years later, as per ground reports malaria was brought down from 40% to 4%. Siddharth bids
adieu to the villagers as they emotionally says good bye to him. Siddharth leaves Janbai for his further
DAMaN is an acronym for Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakarana (Malaria Control in
Inaccessible Areas) (Odia: ଦୁର୍ଗମ ଅଞ୍ଚଳରେ ମୟାରେେିଆ ନିୋକେଣ). It was a scheme launched
by the state Government of Odisha, which focused on addressing malaria control in
inaccessible tribal areas of Odisha. It was implemented in all 8,000 villages of all 79
blocks of eight highly malaria-endemic southern Odisha districts
named Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Gajapati, Nuapada
On November 4, the film was released in 51 theatres in Odisha and 15
across Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Surat, Raipur, Pune a
nd Hyderabad. Critics praised the performances of Babushaan Mohanty and Dipanwit
The film is receiving support and appreciation both in and out of Odisha. After receiving
positive response from viewers, the filmmakers are planning to release the movie in
• Odisha government declared 'DAMaN' tax-free in Odisha. Odisha Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that 'DAMaN', which is based on the malaria
eradication programme of the state government, would be exempted from tax. He said
"this will encourage the employees of the health department and other government
employees posted in the remote areas to excel in selfless service."
Daman is based on a true incident and traces the journey of Dr Siddharth Mohanty,
played by Odia actor Babushaan Mohanty, who having just completed his MBBS from
Bhubaneswar, is posted in a remote tribal area in the state’s Malkangiri district.
How he spearheads a drive to eradicate malaria in the 151 villages in Janbai PHC in
tribal dominated Malkangiri district in spite of many hurdles, forms a moving tale of the
It is important to support inspirational stories like Daman to help support a national
cause. Covid-19 had reiterated the age-old maxim ‘health is wealth’, and we should all
do our bit to make our country disease free. Films like these are the need of the hour,”
asserts Kumar Mangat Pathak, chairman, Panorama Studios, who has produced the
film with Deependra Samal of JP Motion Pictures.