IFFI 53 to celebrate 50 glorious years of Manipuri Indian Cinema

Manipur- the ‘ Jewel city of India’, one of the eight sisters of North East will be the torch bearer for spreading of films from North East India at the 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI). A press release said. 

To mark the golden jubilee of Manipuri cinema, IFFI 53-Asia’s oldest film festival - will showcase Five Feature and five Non-Feature films, curated by Manipur State Film Development Society under Indian Panorama. Each year 9th April has been celebrated as the birth of Manipuri cinema since the first Manipuri feature film was released on 9th April 1972 marked ‘Matamgi Manipur’, directed by Deb Kumar Bose.

With the screening of opening feature film Ishanaou directed by Padmashree award winning director Aribam Shyam Sharma, and Ratan Thiyam; The Man of Theater in Non-feature film section along with other films, the cinema enthusiast will get a taste of rich cultural heritage, fierce storytelling, dance, music, traditions and theaters from the state of Manipur.

Manipuri film pioneers like Aribam Shyam Sharma, Oken Amakcham, Nirmala Chanu, Borun Thokchom, Romi Meitei among others will mark their presence to celebrate the 50 years of aesthetic brilliance of Manipuri cinema during the 53rd Edition of IFFI, Goa.

Directed by Aribam Shyam Sharma, the film Ishanou revolves around a female protagonist named Tampha, her husband and her children. Their lives disrupted by a sudden change when Tampha leaves her family in search of the Maibi Guru whom she thinks has chosen her to be the matriarchal religious sect of Maibis.

Directed by S.N. Chand Sajati, Brojendra, a doctor, married a girl of his mother's choice but refused to look at her face even after marriage. Later, at a musical performance, he chances upon a beautiful girl and exchanges meaningful glances with her. He returned home guilt-ridden but he surprised to see the same girl as his wife.


Photo: IFFI, PIB

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