MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA JUNE 05 , 2012 00.45 A.M.
Does the name Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi ring a familiar bell ?
Does even Tonthoi ring a familiar sound ?
Does this photograph even remotely remind you of anybody ?
I know the answer is , NO .
Now just go through this photo of 59th National Film Awards .
Who is the girl receiving award from Vice President of India ?
I know , the answer will again be a firm , NO .
And this is unfortunate . This is shameful . This is disgusting , to say the least .
I would like to add that when I say this , I don’t exclude myself . My crime is greater . My sin is rather unpardonable . Because I belong to film fraternity . I train actors . And I am doing this job since 1990 . If I , in spite of being a part of the film industry for 22 long years , do not know or recognize Tonthoi , the National Award winning actress from Manipur , what could I expect from common public ?
When the 59th National Film Awards were announced , I went through the list . I was happy for Vidya Balan . But I did not care to know or remember that the National Award for Best Supporting Actress went to a Manipuri actress , Ms. LeishangthemTonthoingambi Devi a.k.a. Tonthoi . Everyone knows that Vidya Balan won the award for ” Dirty Picture ” But ask even the connoisseurs about Tonthoi and her film . Even they will fail to name the Manipuri film for which Tonthoi won the award . I came to know about the film through a recent article of Times of India . Name of the Manipuri film is ; ” Phijigee Mani ” .
It is unfortunate . We are appalled when we hear some voices of cessation in some North – Eastern state . We squirm when we hear that 7 states of North East India is different from India and should be allowed to secede . At that time we become nationalists . But a 24-year-old actress from Manipur wins National Award for her film and we fail to know the name of the actress and her film .
I don’t know about others but I am ashamed and I cannot pardon myself . Through this blog I offer an open apology to Tonthoi , Manipuri film industry and people of Manipur .
Of late Manipuri film industry is a robust industry . It produces 30 / 40 films per year . To not know about Manipuri film industry is shameful .
History of Manipuri Films
Manipuri movies were properly made from 1972. Earlier these were mostly documentary in nature. Feature films came into vogue much later.
The first Manipuri movie was ” Matamgi Manipur ” [ 1972 ] . It was directed by Debkumar Kumar Bose. It was one of the Manipuri movies that received the President`s Medal in 20th National Film Festival in 1972.
Some of the other notable Manipuri movies are as follows:
” Brojendragee Luhongba ” [ 1972 ] : Directed by S.N Chand the film won the Best screenplay Award in the 1st state Film Festival in 1984.
” Lamja Pasuram ” [ 1974 ] : This flick was directed by Aribam Shyam Sharma.
” Ngak-E-Ko Nangshe ” [ 1974 ] : It was a S.N. Chand film.
” Saphabee ” [ 1976 ] : Directed by Aribam Shyam Sharma it bagged Rajat Kamal for Best Regional Film at the National award ceremony in 1976.
” Olangthagee Wangmadasu ” [ 1980 ] : 4 years later history repeated itself with this film when it bagged Rajat Kamal for Best Regional Film in 1980. This particular Manipuri movie was directed by Aribam Shyam Sharma.
” Imagi Ningthem ” [ 1981 ] : another film by Aribam Shyam Sharma , it grabbed the Rajat Kamal for Best Regional Film at the National Awards ceremony (1982), Best Feature Film Award in the 1st Manipur State Film festival, Grand Prix Award at Nantes International Film festival in France (1981) and National Award for Best Child Actor (Master Leikhendra). The film was also screened at several international film festivals.
Other Manipuri movies are : ” Khonjel ” [ 1981 ] , ” Wangma Wangma ” [ 1981 ] , ” Paokhum Ama ” [ 1983 ] , ” Sanakeithel ” [ 1983 ] , ” Thaba ” [ 1984 ] , ” Langlen Thadoi ” [ 1984 ] , ” Yairipok Thambalnu ” [ 1984 ] , ” Iche Sakhi ” [ 1986 ] , ” Kombirei ” [ 1989 ] , ” Ishanou ” [ 1990 ] , ” Ingallei ” [ 1990 ] , ” Paap ” [ 1991 ] , ” Khonthang ” [ 1992 ] , ” Sambal Wangma ” [ 1993 ] , ” Thambal ” [ 1993 ] , ” Madhabee ” [ 1993 ] , ” Mayophygee Macha ” [ 1994 ] , ” Sanamanbi Sanarei” [ 1995 ] , ” Sanabi ” [ 1995 ] , ” Khamba Khamnu ” [ 1995 ] , ” Kanaga Hinghouni ” [ 1996 ] , ” Khamba Thoibi ” [ 1997 ] , ” Chinglensana ” [ 1997 ] .
Amongst these ” Sanakeithel ” [ 1983 ] , ” Ishanou ” [ 1990 ] , ” Sambal wangma ” [ 1993 ] , ” Mayophygee Macha ” [ 1994 ] , ” Sanabi ” [ 1995 ] , won National Awards (Rajat Kamal) .
[ I have taken information about Manipuri films from various sources and sites available on internet . ]
I have very little connection with Manipur . I have just one student from the province . His name is Prasanjeet Sinha .
I hope to rectify this error soon . I would be visiting Manipur in near future . I promise to interact with the Manipuri film industry . This blog is a baby step in that direction .
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
- 59th National Film Awards- Winners List (madaboutmoviez.com)
- National Awards for Vidya Balan, Onir’s ‘I Am’ (ibnlive.in.com)
- Regional films rule at National awards, Vidya best actress (thehindu.com)
- Phijigee Mani – Tale of mother-son relationship best Manipuri film [Assam Tribune] (koksum.com)
- Regional films shine at National Film Awards (ibnlive.in.com)
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