Updated 4 Jul 2022, 4:59 am
A premiere show of the film ‘Awaiba Mapu’, directed by Khoibam Homeshwori, was presented at Manipur State Film Development Society on Sunday. Produced by Ranjit Ningthouja, the film depicts the sufferings of parents when their wards settled permanently outside the state.
One of the presidium members of the function and advisor of Home Film Manipur, Chinglen Meisnam, said that the film industry plays a crucial role in many ways. However, the condition of Manipuri cinema is still not in good position due to limited resources. It would be a great privilege for the film industry if the state government would increase the budget for art and culture in the upcoming annual budget to be published in the monsoon assembly session, Chinglen suggested.
Artists are amongst those hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic and considering their contribution in the society for such a long period, the state government should at least think of providing some special package in the upcoming budget, he added.
He further said that the Manipur State Film Policy is almost completed, adding that it is high time to implement it effectively so that the state can produce higher standard movies. In many states, policies and programmes are taken up to promote female film directors, producers. As the state has a limited number of female directors, the state government can also take such similar programmes, he suggested.
Another presidium member, MLA of Thanga AC, K Robindro said that before the digital era, very few films were produced in the state. However, most of the films produced during those days are quality laden and usually received many awards at national level, he said.
On the contrary, with the arrival of the digital film era, many more movies have been made but the number of awards received during the era has reduced, he added.
“Manipur could be one the states with highest film producers in the entire north east states but getting national or international awards is very limited. People who are into the film industry should also be concerned about maintaining the quality so that those films can bring laurels at national and international level. This would help to glorify the state,” he encouraged.
Other presidium members who attended the function were MLA of Kumbi AC, S Premchandra Singh and chairman of Film Forum Manipur, L Surjakanta Sharma.
First published:4 Jul 2022, 4:59 am
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