For improving the Manipuri film industry, the Biren Singh government has approved the Manipur State Cinema Policy, 2019.
The decision was taken recently during a cabinet meeting chaired by the Manipur CM in Imphal.
The meeting was held to discuss the ways of improving the movie industry of the state.
The government’s decision has been welcomed by the artistes and others associated with the Manipuri film industry including the Film Forum Manipur (FFM)- Manipur’s apex body of filmmakers.
“Film Forum (Manipur) welcomes the Cabinet decision to approve the Manipur State Cinema Policy, 2019,” said FFM chairman S Mangoljao Singh.
“We thank the Chief Minister for taking proper action to promote the Manipur film industry,” he added.
“We also urge Chief Minister Biren Singh to take necessary action to fulfil our previous demands,” he added.
“The standard of the contemporary Manipuri cinema has not been up to the desired level,” Singh further said.
He further informed that the FFM had submitted three representations to the Chief Minister since October 2017.
“The last representation was submitted on August 14 earlier this year,” Singh added.
The FFM chairman is hopeful that with the approval of the Manipur State Cinema Policy, the State Government will look into the grievances of the members from the film fraternity.
The FFM is hopeful that better quality movie theatres would also be opened in the state in the near future.
It may be mentioned here that the state presently has only one cinema hall and it screens local language films.
Earlier, the total number of cinema halls in the state was ten.
Upcoming filmmakers of the state are hopeful that with the introduction of the Manipur State Cinema Policy in the state, better quality films would be produced.
Moreover, it would also help to attract makers and actors from outside the state as well to invest in films and stories from the state.