The International Indian Film Festival (IFFI) celebrates 50 years of Manipuri Cinema


Attracting huge attraction, screening of Manipuri films in the special section of Manipuri Cinema titled “Golden Jubilee of Manipuri Cinema” featured in the ongoing 53rd edition of International Indian Film Festival (IFFI) started at Maquinez Palace-I in Panjim.

Presentation of everything about Manipuri filmsfestival director and managing director of the National Film Development Corporation Ravinder Bhaskar paid a rich tribute to the pioneers of Manipuri cinema who inspired a generation of storytellers not only from Manipur but across the country.

The section was opened on Wednesday evening with the films – “Ratan Thiyam the Theater Man” directed by Oken Amakcham and “Ishanou” directed by Aribam Syam Sharma.

Oken Amakcham and Kangabam Tomba Singh, the male leads of ‘Ishanou’ who were present at the opening ceremony, were congratulated with a shawl and souvenir each. Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) officials – Secretary Sunzu Bachaspatimayum and Executive Member and Chairman of Film Forum Manipur, Laimayum Surjakanta Sharma were also congratulated ahead of the screening of the two films on Wednesday evening.

Other films featured in the special Manipuri cinema section of the 53rd IFFI include “Brojendragee Luhongba” directed by SN Chand, “Loktak Lairembee” by Haobam Paban Kumar, “Matamgi Manipur” directed by Deb Kumar Bose and “Phijigi Mani” directed by Oinam Gautam.

Meanwhile, in the non-feature category, films such as “Ilisha Amagi Mahaoa directed by Ningthouja Lancha, “Look at the Sky” directed by Ashok Veilou, “The Silent Poet” directed by Borun Thokchom and “The Tainted Mirror” directed by Romi Meitei would be screened in the coming days.

Deb Kumar Bose made ‘Matambi Manipur’ was the first Manipuri film, released on April 9, 1972. Since then, April 9 is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Manipuri cinema.

Ahead of the screening of Manipuri films as part of the Manipuri Cinema Golden Jubilee, Manipuri Documentary Film “Beyond Blast” directed by Saikhom Ratan was screened at INOX, Panaji.

The film’s director Saikhom Ratan and producer Konjengbam Sushila Leima were honored ahead of the screening.

This year’s edition of IFFI also recorded the highest number of 25 delegates from Manipur with many filmmakers, critics and officials taking part in the cinematic extravaganza.

Despite many obstacles, including scarcity of resources and lack of investment in technology, Manipuri cinema has kept its flag high, thanks to the indomitable spirit of its filmmakers. The NFDC, in collaboration with the Entertainment Society of Goa, is organizing the nine-day IFFI, which will end on November 28.


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