After 11 years of silence, Manipuri cinema came
alive again with the entry of Makhonmani Mongsabas
Manipuri feature film Yenning Amadi Likla
into the feature film section of the Indian
Panorama of the International Festival of India
(IFFI) 2007. The last Manipuri film, which entered
in the feature film section of Indian Panorama
of IFFI was Shyam Sharmas Sanabi
(The Frey mare) in 1996.
Mongsabas 154-minute film is among 21
selected feature films. Aribam Syam Sharmas
58-minute documentary Rajarshi Bhagyachandra
of Manipur and Haobam Paban Kumars
19-minute short fiction film Ngaihak Lambida
(Along the way) are among 15 selected non-feature
films. Selections were made out of 119 feature
films and 149 non-feature films.
Amadi likla is a story of a nature loving child
who was neglected by his parents. The film made
in 16mm and blown up in 35mm and is produced
by six ladies namely Umarani, Saroja, Santibala,
Ibemhal, Sunitibala and Victoria. Moirangthem
Inao penned the story.
Lambida produced by the Satyajit Ray Film
and Television Institute, Kolkata was made in
35mm. The film scripted by MK Binodini is about
the story of a woman who searches for freedom.
Sharmas 35mm film Rajyashree Bhagyachandra
of Manipur is made in English and produced
by Films Division, Mumbai. The film is scripted
by MK Binodini and Syam Sharma. The film is
all about the story of Bhagyachandra who was
one of the greatest Vaishnava kings of Manipur.
A versatile person of immense qualities, he
was an expert strategist who wielded his sword
to defend his land and people, and yet an artistic
genius of divine sensibilities who gave the
world the classical dance of Manipuri Ras.