It also lauded and appreciated Congress leader, Sungu AC MLA K Ranjit for raising the issue of Manipuri films in the House
Action Committee for Manipur Film Industry, conglomerate of the Manipur Film Journalists and Critics Association (MFJCA), Film Forum Manipur, All Manipur Film Producers Association, and United Cine Exhibitors Association lauded chief minister N Biren Singh for assuring in the Manipur Legislative Assembly on Monday that the state government is trying to implement the suggestions raised in the representation submitted by the Action Committee by March of the financial year 2021.
The Action Committee also lauded and appreciated Congress leader, Sungu AC MLA K Ranjit for raising the issue of Manipuri films in the House.
Biren, replying to a starred question raised by Ranjit, informed the House that no cinema halls in Manipur are equipped with digital cinema projector. However, the palace auditorium of the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) has a digital cinema projector for film promotional activities. The government is seriously considering the Cine Policy and looking into the representation submitted by the four film groups of Manipur, the chief minister had added.
In a representation submitted to the chief minister on December 2, 2020, the Action Committee had urged Biren to save the Manipuri film industry. It also urged the chief minister to bring back the subject of Film to the Department of Information & PR from Department of Art & Culture and to establish the Manipur Film Finance and Development Corporation Ltd.
Speaking to media persons on Tuesday at Friends Talkies, Paona Bazar, Imphal, Manipur Film Journalists and Critics Association president Manindra Konsam urged the authorities to streamline the complexities in exhibition and certification of different forms of films. He underscored the need to regain the lost glory of the Manipuri film industry when it used to generate huge incomes. He also added the need for a corporation to make financial schemes and other facilities available to the filmmakers and others involved.
Recalling the history of Manipuri films, United Cine Exhibitors Association president Laishram Sanatomba said that although the cinema halls used to make some meagre profits, it became defunct after the ban of hindi films in the state. According to him, Biren may be the first and only chief minister to make such assurances in the House. It is a very fortunate day for more than 60,000 people who are involved in the industry, he added. He also urged the government to streamline the process of obtaining the licence for cinema halls in the state.
Convenor of the Action Committee Salam Ranjan and president of All Manipur Film Producers Association MK Jeet, among others were present in the media briefing.Action Committee for Manipur Film Industry