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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

Northeast Today

Manipur Film ‘Loktak Lairembee’ Wins Best Film Award

Manipur Film ‘Loktak Lairembee’ Wins Best Film Award
April 08
13:25 2017

64th National film awards brought a good news for the Northeastern region, when Manipuri film—‘Loktak Lairembee’ (Lady of the Lake) was awarded with Best Film on Environment Conservation/ Preservation. The 72 -minute long movie was directed and produced by Haobam Paban.

The award carries one citation, Rajat Kamal and Rs 1, 50,000 each to the producer and director. The award would be presented by the President on May 3 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

Expressing his happiness on the announcement of the award, Paban Kumar said, “This is the first time in the history of Manipuri films that a Manipuri feature film has won an award in one of the main categories of the National Awards.”

He added that till date in the feature film category of National Film awards, Manipuri films have only won awards in the Best Manipuri language category.

“Decades of insurgency and socio-political uncertainty have thrown my society into disarray leaving the people to recede into a cocooned existence devoid of any space for free and visible self-expression that evokes compassion and concern for others,” he stated, adding, “Today when I look at my birthplace Manipur, I see guns all around. Gun – a symbol of authority and ownership regimen others. Be it the insurgents or the state authorities. We forgot that fear and anxiety instill further worries resulting in cross violence.”

“I sincerely believe in resumption of our cultural values that propagates an inclusive society imbued with love, trust and tolerance and my film symbolically delves into the ‘fear psychosis’ that leads to mistrust and irresponsible conflict,” he concluded.

Loktak Lairembee‘s journey began with the world premiere at 21st Busan International Film Festival 2016. The film is based on a short story written by Sahitya Akademi awardee Sudhir Naoroibam.

Sudhir Naoroibam and Haobam Paban Kumar are scriptwriters of the film. Shehnad Jalal is the cinematographer and Sankha is the editor. Main cast are Ningthoujam Sanatomba and Sagolsem Thambalsang.

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