Fate of Manipuri cinema in dire straits; No license Cinema hall exist in the state

Written By: / Monday, 22 February 2021 17:57

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Imphal, Feb 22:

At present, the state of Manipur has no Cinema hall with valid license, even though Manipuri cinema has achieved 35 national awards- 17 in feature film, 18 in non-features and three in writing on cinema.
While answering to a starred question by Congress MLA K. Ranjit Singh, the Chief Minister of Manipur , N. Biren Singh , who is also in charge of Art and Culture , said that there is no cinema hall in Manipur which have valid license.
To a another question, N. Biren Singh reply that there is no film projection system called Degital Cinematograph Projector in the world as yet. H however said that as for the Digital Cinema Projector, there is no Cinema Halls in Manipur having Digital Cinema Projector. The Chief Minister However said that, for film promotional activities , the Palace Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) has a Digital Cinema Projector.
Replying a supplementary question of Kh Ranjit Singh MLA, the Chief Minister stated that the government was considering for the film industry in Manipur. He assured in the House that the demands of the Action Committee for Manipuri Film Industry submitted to him on December last would be implemented before the coming financial year. The memorandum demands a) Bringing back the subject of film from Art & Culture Department to it’s original department of information & Public Relations, b) Setting up a Manipur State Film Finance and Development Corporation Ltd. and) seeking a special package of fund from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for a vibrant Manipuri film industry.
On February 19, during question hour of the state Assembly session, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had replied that there were no amusement tax collected during 2018-19 and 2019-20.
Manipur become the largest film producing state among the Tibeto Burman Speaking states in the country. From April 9, 1972 with the Manipuri Feature Film Matamgi Manipur , a total of 64 celluliod film have been producd from 1972 till 2014.
As per record a total of 16 digital film had been produced so are since 2016 with the release of Paban Kumar’s Loktak Lairembi.
With no cinema hall existed at present , fate of film workers and its associates are in dire straits with government having no plan for its improvement.

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