Rongmei feature film Nakamh-Riangsuanneic screened at International Folklore Film Festival of Kerala

By FrontierManipur | Published On 20th Feb, 2021, 09:43 GMT+0530

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The Rongmei film was among nine films selected in the competition section. Nakamh-Riangsuanneic is also Kachangthai Gonmei’s debut film, who directed, scripted, edited and produced it.

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Nakamh-Riangsuanneic, a Rongmei feature film had its world premiere on Friday at the International Folklore Film Festival of Kerala 2021. The three-day festival, which began on Friday, is being organised by the Kerala Folklore Academy, Chirakkal in Kannur District, Kerala.

The 120-minute long feature film, directed, scripted, edited and produced by Kachangthai Gonmei was selected in the competition section of the festival. The Rongmei film was among nine films selected in the competition section. The film received the censor certificate on February 13, 2020. Nakamh-Riangsuanneic is also Kachangthai Gonmei’s debut film, according to a release by the Film Society Manipur.

The film tells the story of an orphan called Nikamh who lives in Makuailuangdih village in the western part of Manipur. Riangsuanneic, the daughter of a rich man, who is very gorgeous with long hair and skillful in weaving, lives in the same village.

Nakamh saves Riansuanneic from the evil hands of Cachari warriors. Nakamh ends up marrying Riangsuanneic. Nakamh is so proud to have the most beautiful lady as his wife. One day, he steals his wife’s hair and rolls it up in a basket, and let it flow down the Thiamga River.

A Cachari warrior finds the basket while taking bath and brings it to the Cachari King. The king is so impressed and he commands his warriors to find the lady with long hair, up the stream and to bring her to be his wife.

Nakamh and Riangsuanneic hear the news that the King’s warriors are hunting for Riangsuanneic, so they hide out in the forest. During their hide-out, they get a son named Kachana.

While Nakamh went to the field, his wife was kidnapped by Cachari warriors and his son was left by the bank of Ahu (Barak) River. He follows his wife’s footsteps, carrying his son. After the death of Kachana on the way, he reaches Cachar. He requests the king to give back his wife, but the King puts him to a test. Experiencing defeat, he returns home. He gathers the villagers and they wage war against the Cachar Kingdom. He dies in that war of love.

Kachangthai Gonmei and Achngna Kamei played the lead roles in the film. L Hemanta and Ashing Thaimei are the cameramen. Joseph Gonmei scored the music, the release said.

Born on March 4, 1983, Kachangthai Gonmei is the son of Kakhulungpou Gonmei and Gaikhang Juanliu Gonmei of Tupul, Namduanjang in Noney District. He completed his Master’s Degree in Political Science. He was an approved singer of All India Radio.

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