Friday, April 8, 2011

Manipuri Film History:History of Manipuri Films

A unique composite heritage of socio-cultural ethos prevails across the blue hills and green valleys of Manipur. Film enthusiasts of Manipur had perceived in this heritage, a teeming potential for good cinema since the mid 1930s. A serious attempt was made towards this end by the mid 1940s but it took about a decade to bear fruit.
The first ever Manipuri feature film hit the screen on April 9, 1972 and the film was “Matamgi Manipur” and was simultaneously at three Cinema Hall in Manipur they are Usha Hall, Friends Talkies and Azad Cinema at Kakching. This maiden venture bagged the President’s Medal in the 20th National Film Festival.
Equipped with an iron will, shoe-string budgets, sound back grounds of theatre, and a clear vision of humane values ingrained in our social-fabric, our pioneer filmmakers set about their tasks. They had successfully tackled the want of facility and technical know-how, and the limitations of financial constraint. They had joined the race of world cinema three quarters of a century too late. Yet our cinema forged ahead to cut out a niche in the world scenario. The nascent Manipuri Cinema reckons a tally of thirty one feature films and twenty-nine awards at the National and another nine at the International arena. These are no mean achievements as our film lovers toiled under impossible circumstances.
A tiny market, with a limited screening schedule at the instance of big-time distributors, and the consequent small returns snowballed into formidable financial hazards. This, compounded with the want of laboratory facilities, unreliable government subsidies and long queues at booking film equipments, rendered filmmaking in the state a dangerous venture.
Filmmaking involves ample exploitation of the most effective medium of mass communication, cinema for financial gains, through entertainment with educative information. The same is not true with Manipuri cinema, which on the other hand, gains additional dimension in this frontier state. It becomes more of a medium of creative expression than an effective means of making big money.
The global film movement has now recognized the Manipuri cinema, a late arrival in the family of Indian Cinema, as a bright and promising star of the movement that has appeared a rich cultural heritage, yet to be fully discovered. The Indian Cinema which caught up with the west in the first quarter of the present century had already made long strides in the global race while the Manipur film chapter saw the light of the day after the Second World War thanks to the enterprising and committed band of forerunners of the movement in this State whose first venture was almost still-born. They could not cross the Himalayan hurdles which included the absence of a market and infrastructure, paucity of funds and technical expertise and several essential ingredients inspite of the abundant cultural and artistic potential. Yet, the pioneers in the field did not lose heart. The result was that the sixties saw them active and the first Manipuri feature film “Matamgi Manipur” that was produced in 1972 bagged the National Award.
Manipur audience witnessed silent Indian movies in the 1920s through touring Cinema. Rudimentary and makeshift film show houses were established in Manipur a few years before the Second World War. Kasturichand Jain and Ramkumar were the pioneer film exhibitors who ran show houses in Manipur in the pre-war period. Kasturi’s show house Manipur Talkies and Ramkumar’s show house in Imphal had regular film shows. Towards the end of the War, better organized cinema halls came up, prominent among them were the MNB Talkies, Victory Cinema and Friends Talkies.
The simultaneous release of Matamgi Manipur at Usha Cinema and Friends Talkies in Imphal and at Azad Cinema in Kakching on April 9 in 1972 marked the beginning of an epoch in the history of Manipuri cinema awakening the Manipuri film goers into the reality of a Manipuri feature film for the first time. It was a black and white feature film.To make the film, equipments and technicians were engaged from outside Manipur including the film director Debkumar Bose. Thanks should be accorded to the bold producer Karam Monomohan who never looked back in pioneering the filmmaking without visualizing any loss or gain from his films. The colour era came only in 1984 when the first colour feature film Langlen Thadoi directed by M.A. Singh was released.
The Manipuri film industry has not been able to produce even an average of two feature films a year which brings up the question of whether there is such a thing as a Manipuri film industry. No one has come out as producer accepting the filmmaking as business and profession. Only a few who luckily got nominal returns from their films are making further ventures. Manipur has so far 18 film producers. Of them, only a few like, K. Ibohal Sharma, M. Nilamani, Thouyangba Thoungamba are still in the field, gain or no gain.
Manipuri cinema though it was born late, sprang up like a brilliant upstart achieving flying colours overnight. It was the result of the film society movement which inspired the idea of good cinema to Manipuri filmmakers and artistes. The first film society of Manipur, Film Society Manipur, was established in 1966. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the first Manipuri feature film Matamgi Manipur which bagged the President’s Gold Medal in the National Film Festival, was the good outcome of the film society movement. In 1979 another film society, Imphal Cine Club was set up and it played an active role in the promotion of good film through regular screening of good films and holding film festivals, seminars and appreciation courses.
Aribam Syam Sharma’s “Imagi Ningthem” bagged the prestigious Grand Prix in the Nantes International Film Festival in France in 1982. Infcat, here are four areas that introduces Manipur in the international arena: Manipuri dance, Manipuri theatre, Sports and Manipuri cinema. Out of these, the only area which introduces the vivid pictures of the identity and life styles of Manipuri community to the outsiders is the Manipuri cinema. The whole of France got the opportunity to know about Manipur through a nationwide telecast of Imagi Ningthem in the France Television. And after watching “Ishanou” ( a world acclaimed cinema of Manipuri film directed by Aribam Syam Sharma), westerners were aroused to take up research on Lai Haraoba and Manipur’s rich folklore. As such, Manipuri cinema deserves emphatic priority treatment. More patronage should come forward from the Government and other philanthropic agencies since commercial viability of the movement is still a remote dream. With the development of film, other fields like tourism and culture will flourish; better employment avenues can be opened directly or indirectly. However, the condition of Manipur cinema has been at its worst when one looks at the panoramic view of Indian cinema. Though the industry has a number of promising filmmakers, their talents could not be exposed due to want of film producers or financiers.
But, the Manipur Government had been doing something for the promotion and development of films in Manipur. The Manipur Film Development Council was set up in 1980 and it was converted into a Corporation in 1987. It has now indispensable pre-production equipments and the facilities of these equipments have been made available to the film producers since 1990. Rupees one lakh is being given to the film producers as subsidy for a colour feature film while a new theatre is being constructed for exhibition of good films.
One of the chief reasons responsible for the present state of affairs in our film industry is the lack of an avowed policy of the government on the film industry. When other states of the country have put up State Film Policies by the Government, Manipur has no such support. The domination of digital cinema in Manipur presently who has also led to the demise of celluloid feature films in the state. However, the state government has taken up some initiative for development of celluloid movies but due to lack in market none of the production house as well as Director are unable to produce any celluloid picture in the state.
Therefore, in order to make it revive feature films, the Film Societies in Manipur have to be reactivated and film festivals, discussions, appreciation courses, workshops have to be organized very often. Manipuri cultural heritage having stood on own as a distinct personality in the global cultural context, the Manipur film movement as the mouth piece of the heritage is poised to appear in the competitive arena .
History of Short and Documentary Films in Manipur.
Short and documentary films in Manipur do have a place in the Manipuri social progress, having recorded valuable information on contemporary and current events on the one hand and on the other, as having had documented important aspects of the cultural and customary life, tradition and heritage of the Meiteis in the Imphal valley and of the tribal communities in the hills of Manipur.
Progressing from black and white to colour, with formats in 16mm and 35mm, the non-feature films has edged in to win recognition in the national and international for a for their contribution in projecting as well as popularizing the different facets of the Manipuri life and the hitherto unknown facts of Manipur’s rich heritage.
1.    Maipak, Son of Manipur ( The first Manipuri documentary film), in the year 1971 and was released on November 9. The film was shown in 35mm black and white, produced by K.T. Films Private Limited and directed by Debkumar Bose from Calcutta. The duration of the film is 10 minutes and the medium is in both Manipuri and English.
2.    K.T. Films Private Limited produced three short 35mm Black and White documentaries in 1972 and these were mainly recordings of Government sponsored state functions in connection with particular events. The films include (a) Statehood Day Celebration on January 21 in 1972 (b) Plan Exhibition of 1972 and (c) Republic Day Celebration of January 26 in 1972.  The duration of the films are 10 minutes each.
3.    The Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur produced two short documentary films (a) Towards A Better Life and (b) 20-Point Economic Programme, both directed by Aribam Syam Sharma, having duration of 10 minutes each, the films are shot in 35mm Black and White.
4.    The film Sanaleibak Manipur was produced in the year 1980 by Directorate of Information and Public Relation, Government of Manipur. Directed by Aribam Syam Sharma, it was shot in 35mm colour, having the duration of 30 minutes. The film bagged the State Award for the Best Documentary film in the non-feature category of the first Manipur State Film Festival in 1984. The same year the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur also produced two other short documentary films (i) Manipur News ’79 and (ii) Manipur News ’80-81. The films were recordings of current events in the particular years, directed by M.A. Singh, having duration of 10 minutes each and shot in 35mm in Black and White.
5.    In 1984, Heisnam Kanhailal, well-known theatre director of the Kalakshetra Manipur produced on celluloid the film PEBET which is based on his play by the same name. The story of the play is based on a popular Manipuri folktale with the film version being directed by Lokendra Arambam, another well-known theatre personality. The film is in 35mm colour with duration of 35 minutes. A second film produced in this year wass TALES of Courage, produced by the Films Division of India, directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and having a duration of 30 minutes, the medium of the film is English and it was shot in 35mm colour.
6.    In 1988 the film Sangai-Dancing Deer of Manipur, directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced for the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi came out, based on the ballet Keibul Lamjao written by M.K. Binodini Devi and performed by the ballet unit of the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal. A second film produced in this year is the Keibul Lamjao National Park, directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced for the Forest Department, Government of Manipur. A third film was Koro Kosil, directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced for the Manipur Film Development Corporation Limited.
7.    In 1989 the film THE DEER ON THE LAKE, directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced for the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi took up theme on the endangered brow-antlered deer Sangai. The same year, the film TOTANGKAM, directed by Sanakhya Ibotombi and produced by the Avant Garde, a theatrical society based in Imphal, took up the theme on the ritualistic festival of a particular tribe in Manipur in a 16mm colour film with commentary in English, having the duration of 72 minutes.
8.    In 1990 the film INDIGENOUS GAMES OF MANIPUR, directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced for Doordarshan, highlighted the several indigenous games played in Manipur.
9.    In 1991, the film MEITEI PUNG, directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced for Doordarshan, dwelled into mysticism and the aestheticism of the indigenous percussion music of the Meiteis in Manipur. The same year, a film namely GORKHA OF MANIPUR, directed by Sanakhya Ibotombi and produced by B.R. Chhetri for the Avant Garde, Imphal took up the thread of Gorkhas in service and in daily life as observed in the state in a16mm colour film of 20 minutes. The film YAOSANG, directed by Sanakhya Ibotombi and produced by R.K. Binoy for the Avant Garde, records the event of the annual festival Yaoshang in Manipur in 16 mm colour format with English and Manipuri.
10.    In 1993, the film MOIRANG PARVA, a joint production of the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur and the East Zone Cultural Centre, Calcutta dealt with the aesthetics of the Moirang Parva, the traditional folk oral recital that narrates stories from the lives of the legendary characters Khamba and Thoibi of Moirang. The film is in 35 mm colour, having the duration of 28 minutes.
11.    In 1994, the film ORCHIDS OF MANIPUR, directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced for the Forest Department, Government of Manipur, drew as its theme a picture of the beautiful, lovely orchid flowers of Manipur, in their assorted varieties and environment. In the same year, the film, PENA, directed by Makhon Mani Mongshaba explored the philosophy and aesthetics of the traditional Pena music that has encaptured people of the all walks of life and communities by its mystic luring renderings. The films also highlights Pena performance in ritualistic performances. With a duration of 18 minutes, the film is in 35 mm colour.
12.     In 1995, the film YELHOU JAGOI ( The Dances of Lai Haraoba), directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, based on the creation myth narrated and enacted in the Lai Haraoba (festivities of the Gods), having a duration of 30 minutes, the film is in 35 mm colour.
13.    In 1997, the film LAA (The Banana Leaf), a film by Thouyangba and Thoungamba for P.K. Films Manipur, has as its subject the different uses of the banana leaf in the daily and the customary life of the Meiteis in the Manipur valley. The duration of the film is 26 minutes and the film has commentary in English with the script written by M.K. Binodini Devi.
Short features.
1.    In 1984, the film PAOKHUM AMA, directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced for Films Division of India, takes up the theme on the problems of unemployment and the frustration of the youths in failing to secure monetary and social security, while on another plane it dwells on the interrelationship of two major communities in Manipur. The film is shot in 18 mm colour with the duration of 70 minutes and the film went on to participate in the Tyneside International Film Festival, United Kingdoms in 1984. In the same year another short movie namely THABA, directed by Kongbrailatpam Ibohal Sharma and produced by Kh. Pramodini Devi for the Department of Women and Child Programme (now renamed Department of Social Welfare), Government of Manipur, was shot in 16mm colour.
2.    In 1986 the film TREE OF LIFE, directed by L.K. Shimray and produced by K. Nongbam Singh for the Film Production Centre, Kwakeithel. Having duration of 10 minutes, the medium of film is in Manipuri.

History of Manipuri films

Manipur is a state which consists of various communities with multiple tradition and culture. Its diverse cultural practices have naturally led to the emergence of innumerable art forms in the realms of music, dance and other performing arts. This has in turn, brought recognition and appreciation to Manipur. The culture of the region is expressed through various art forms, and in turn the distinctive art forms preserve the culture throughout the generations.  The distinctive features of the lifestyle and manner of the people; the economy of the land as well as societal faces of the masses of the region are highly honoured and esteemed by the people of other parts of world and all the more because other similar art forms are found in other parts of the world.
If we trace the origin of the cinematic art it would be worth remembering that the first moving cinema was invented by two brothers in France – Louis and Auguste, popularly known as ‘Loumiere Brothers’. Their first production was named “Cinematographe” and the world is still grateful for their valuable contribution. Slowly the influence of the cinematic art reached our secluded region. And in the 1920s the cinematic art had a small audience of its own in Manipur. However during that time there was not a single cinema hall in the state. In those days screening of cinema took place in open grounds of the locality or in the courtyard of a house. But after a few years two cinema halls were set up in the heart of the Imphal city: the one situated at Paona Bazar was named ‘Manipur Talkies’ while ‘Rajkumar Hall’ was set up at Thangal Bazar. The audiences were indeed enthralled by the vitality of this new art form. The music, the dialogues, and the drama which unfolded before their eyes must have been a very amazing event.
With the passage of’ time some creative minds of Manipur stated to think about making and producing cinemas. The first stalwart to achieve the feat was MaharajKumar Priyobarta Singh who was also the first chief minister of the state. The name of the film, a documentary was “Hiyang Tannaba” which literally means Boat – Race in Manipuri. Armed with only an 8 mm Camera which he had bought from Raipur where he had gone for his higher studies, Priyobrata captured the exciting event of the boat race which was held every year near the royal palace of Manipur. The year was 1936. However, this film was not released and showcased to the people of Manipur. Priyobarta had not sent it to the Censor Board as the movie had some technical flaws. Presently this film is preserved at the archive of the Manipur Film Development Corporation (MFDC).
In 1946, a team of 9 members who were all film lovers set up a film company known as ‘Shree Shree Govindaji Film Company’. The team included well known personalities like Ayekpam Biramangol, Sogaijam Nabakumar, and Sinam Krishna Mohon. Using the name of the company as the banner, a film named ‘Mainu Pemcha’ was produced in Hindi. The team had collaborated with a Bengali Filmmaker, Rathin Sen for the production of this film. The lead female role of ‘Pemcha’ was played by Thambalngoubi, and the role of ‘Borajao’ was played by Bimol Chaterjee who was a Bengali. The other important actors of this film were Laishram Netrajit, Khwairakpam Momon, Kangabam Gojendro. But unfortunately the film was not completed as the company suffered from financial constraints. After this unsuccessful venture, a heroic effort was made by Kongbrailatpam Ibohal Sharma to establish cinematic art in Manipur. Using a 16 mm Bolex Camera he made cinemas and documentaries namely ‘Ningthemcha Ahum’ in 1960; ‘Echel’ in 1961; and ‘Mongpham’ in 1962. He processed all his films and documentaries at his own studio, X-Cine during those days. Some of his works like ‘Cultural Heritage’ and ‘Imphal Diary’ are outstanding documentaries. Besides making movies he took pains to tour many parts of the state to screen his documentaries. So he has a very great contribution in making cinema popular in the state. His documentaries were made like a silent movie and they had no sound recordings. However he compensated this by playing pre-recorded sound especially made for the film simultaneously when the film was screened. It was crude but effective in the sense that people could get the actual feel of a movie as audio was added to the visual.
In 1971, another pioneer filmmaker named Karam Manimohon produced a documentary film with a 20 minute duration called “Maipak – Son of Manipur”. The film was directed by a Bengali film director Debenkumar Bose and it was dubbed both in English and Hindi. The film was based on the life of Nongthombam Maipak who participated and won the ‘Mister India title’ in the ‘International Federation of Body Building Championship’ held at Paris in 1970. However, the following year 1972 can be regarded as an important land mark in the history of Manipuri cinema. On the 9th April of this unforgettable year, the state film industry got their first censor certificate and released its first formal Manipuri cinema “Matamgi Manipur” under the banner of KT film. This movie was also directed by Karam Manimohon. Later, in 1973 another film called as “Brojendagi Luhongba” enthralled the audience of Manipur with S.N. Chand as its producer director as well as the lead actor of this film. Manipuri film makers finally crossed the initial hurdles during this time and after this phase, Manipuri cinema developed with leap and bounds. Various movies were produced and some of them namely Lamja Pasuram’, ‘Olangthagi Wangma’, ‘Saphabi’, ‘Khuthang Lamjen’, ‘Ngak e-Ko Nangse’, ‘Sanakeithel’, ‘Wangma-Wangma’, ‘Yairipok Thambalnu’, ‘Khonjel’, ‘Imagi Ningthem’, ‘Sambal Wangma’, ‘Eche Sakhi’, ‘Khongthang’, ‘Ishanou’, ‘Paokhum Ama’, ‘Kombirei’, ‘Sana Manbi Sanarei’, ‘Meiri’, ‘Laibak’, ‘Amuba Chandal’, ‘Operation Sangai’, ‘Chatledo Eidi’, ‘Maiyophigi Macha’, Meichak Meichak’, ‘Cheina’, ‘Meichak’, ‘Kanaga Hinghouni’, ‘Thawan michakna Kenkhrabada’, Amambasu Anganbani’, ‘Yening Amadi Likla’, etc. got national and international acclaim. Among these films: ‘Imagi Ningthem’ and ’Ishanou’ bagged national and international awards. Apart from these feature films various short and documentaries films has made the Manipuri industry proud by winning many awards and allocates in the national and international level.
However a decisive turn in Manipuri cinema was witnessed in the year 2000 due to the ban imposed on Bollywood movies by a certain armed group of Manipur. The business of movie theatres was drastically affected as they had to stop screening movies. The theatres were pulled down or either converted into shopping complexes or used for other commercial offices. And the void which was created by the disappearance of Hindi movies was occupied by a new form of art which we now  term as digital albums. which gave rise to the emergence of a new mode of films ¬the digital film. Unlike making a celluloid film, to produce a digital movie was technically easier, faster and cheaper.
On 24th May 2002 the first digital format film “Lanmei” was released under the banner of ‘Kangla Films Manipur’. It was released at Pratap Talkies, Paona Bazar Imphal. A second film called “Lallasi Pal” was released under the banner of ‘Treasure Island’. Suddenly with the emergence of these digitally made films, film makers stopped making films in celluloid which was not cost effective in the poor economy of Manipur. In fact celluloid films became extinct in the state. However digital films became immensely popular in the state and thousands of digital films are produced in a year. Today, it has become so popular that many producers and production houses have to wait for a long time to pass the censor board. In 2007 the ‘Film Forum Manipur’ – an organization which has been working with dedication for the development of digital cinemas in Manipur held the ‘First Film Festival’ to encourage actors and other people associated with the digital film industry. But unfortunately the Forum has not been able to organize another Film Festival in the state due to the lack of finances. This is largely due to the fact that the state government and other organizations have not given any support to the Forum. Nevertheless despite the lack of such festivals, innumerable films and video albums are produced in the state in order to cater to the demands of the entertainment loving people of the state. And hopefully the rise and development of these indigenously produced films which showcase the diverse culture and tradition of our state will make the state proud by winning laurels allover the world.

History of Manipuri films: Celluloid Films of Manipur (1972-1997)

1.Film – Matamgi Manipur(35mm B&W)
Screenplay &Direction-Debkumar Bose
Music –Aribam Shyam Sharma.
Story-Arambam Samarendra
Lyrics- Phulendra & M.K.Binodini
Editing- Madhu Banerjee
Sound recording-Bani Dutta
Playback Singers-A.Kamala,Aribam Jamuna & A.Budhachandra
Cast-G.Ravinder Sharma, Yenkhom Roma, Kangabam Birababu, Rashi,Indra, Beda, Kangabam Tomba, Arambam Lokendra, Aribam Shyam Shrama, Amujao & Baby Ameeta with Joshi,Dr.Nara,Mangibabu, Bishwambhar, Landhon, Imo, Ibohanbi, Ashokekumar,Boinao,Momon, Binodkumar, B.N Patnaik, P.Banerjee, Kanonbala,Bimola,L.Tamani, Memma & Purnamala.
Produced by Karam Monomohan for K.T. Films Pivate Limited.
This film bagged the President’s Medal in the 20th National Film Festival in 1972

2.Film-Brojendragee Luhongba(35mm B&W)
Direction, Screenplay & Music –S.N Chand
Story-Lamabam Kamala
Audiography-Anil Nandan
Cast-S.N.Chand, Romobala Devi, & Others.
Produced by S.N.Chand for Sajatia Pictures
This Film bagged the Best Screenplay Award in the first Manipur State Film Festival

3.Film-Lamja Parsuram(35mm B&W)
Direction & Music-Aribam Syam Shrama
Script-E.Dinamani Singh
Editing-Madhusudan Banerjee
Sound -Mani Rata
Playback Singers-Shyam, Khunjoy, A.Kamala
Camera-Sankar Banerjee
Story-Gitchandra Tongbra,Padmashree
Cast-Kangabam Tomba, Yenkhom Roma, Beda,Jugeshwar, G.Narayan Sharma, Deven, Manglem & Rashi.
Produced by G.Narayan Sharma for N.S.Films

4.Film-Ngak-E-Ko Nangshe(35mm B&W)
Music –N.Pahari
Playback singers-N.Pahari,Y.Bilashini & Arambam Jamuna
Cast-Y.Mangibabu, Rajani
Produced by Wangkhem Basanta for Poonam Films

5.Film-Saphabee(35mm B&W)
Direction &Musik- Aribam Syam Shrama
Story & Screenplay-S.Bormani
Sound-Amulya Das
Playback singers-Shyam,Khunjoy,A.Jamuna,Leibakmacha,Ibetombi,&Bimolata
Cast-Kangabam Tomba,Subadani
Produced by G.Narayan Shrama for N.S.Films
This film bagged the Rajat Kamal for Best Regional Filmin the 24th National Film Festival in 1976

6.Khutthang Lamjel-(35mm B&W)
Direction,Story& Screenplay-Gitchandra Tongbra
Playback singers-N.Pahari,Geeta,Y.Bilasini & P.Chandra Kumar
Cast-O.Birla,Sobita Devi
Produced by Thongam Haridas for A.T.Films

7.Film-Olangthang Lamjen (35mm B&W)
Direction-Aribam Syam Sharma
Story & Screenplay-M.K.Binodini
Music-Shyam & Khun Joy
Playback Singers-Khunjoy,Hamom Naba,A.Jamuna & A.Shyam.
Sound-Tomba Shrama
Cast-Kangabam Tomba,Yenkhom Roma,Rashi,Keshoram,Tondon & Joykumar
Produced by G.Narayan Shrama for N.S.Films
This film bagged the Rajat Kamal for Best Regional Film in the 27th National Film Festival in 1980

8.Film-Imagi Ningthem(35mm B&W)
Direction-Aribam Syam Shrama
Story & Screenplay-M.K.Binodini
Music-Khundrakpam Joykumar
Cast-Rashi,Ingudam Mangi,Bhubaneshwari,Indrakumar,Jamini,Memcha,Gayatri & Master Leikendra
Produced by Kongbrailatpam Ibohal Shrama for X-Cine Production
The film was awarded the Prestigious Grand Prix at Nantes International Film Festival in France in 1981.

9.Film- Khonjel(35mm B&W)
Direction& Screenplay- M.Nilamani Singh
Lyrics-Thanjam Kora
Music & Playback-N.Pahari
Cast- Moirangthem Ashwinikumar,L.Subadini
Produced by Moirangthem Nilamani Singh for Anjana Films

10.Film-Wangma wangma(35mm B&W)
Direction & Screenplay-L.Banka Shrama
Story & Lyics-L.Shyamsunder Shrama
Music-A.Shyam Singh
Playback Singers-A.Shyam,Y.Bilasini
Produced by Durlab for Eastern Star Films

11.Film-Sanakeithal(35mm B&w)
Direction, Screenplay & Editing-M.A.Singh
Story & Music-N.Pahari
Cast-Memi,Master Toni,SomoAnawali,Shanawas,Upen,Manaobi,Ibeyaima & Lalit
Produced by Thoudam Dorendra for A.T.B.Films International
The film bagged the Rajat Kamal for Best Regional Film at the 31th National Film Festival in 1984

12.Film-Paokhum ama(16mm colour)
Direction-Aribam Syam Shrama
Story & Screenplay-M.K.Binodini
Cinematography-K.Ibohal & Daoji
Cast-Kangabam Tomba, Yenkhom Roma & Others
Produced by Films Division Of India

13. Film-Thaba(16mm B& W)
Direction-Kongbrailatpam Ibohal Sharma
Produced by Kh.Shakhi Devi for Kay Pee Films International

14.Film-Langlen Thadoi(35mm colour)
Screenplay & art direction-Khaidem Promodini
Music  Director-S.Tijendra
Playback singers-W.Chandrasakhi & S.Tijendra
Direction & Editing-M.A.Singh
Cast-Wangkheirakpam Chandrasakhi,Kongbrailatpam Tejmani & Moirangthem Lalit
Produced by Kh.Sakhi Devi Kay Pee Films International

15.Film-Yairipok Thambalnu(35mm B&W)
Direction –L.Banka Shrama
Screenplay -Sanatomba Rajkumar
Playback singers-N.Pahari,A.Kamala
Cast-Kangabam Birababu,Hemabati,Rajani,Ch.Nilbir,G.Robindra,L.Babu,Robir,Ibeyaima,Ibemni,Ibemhal,Biren,TaraKumar,Kh.Bihari,Brojen & Keshrom.
Produced by H.Gehendra Singh for Liberty Films

16.Film-Iche Sakhi(35mm colour)
Co-direction-Th.Dorendra & Sanakhya Ibotombi
Story- Th.Dorendra
Music Director-HamomNaba
Cast- Sakhitombi,Ibochouba,Imobi, Oken Amakcham,Inakhunbi
Produced by Thoudam Dorendra for A.T.B.Films International

17.Film-Kombirei(35mm colour)
Direction & Screenplay-G.narayan Shrama
Music –Aribam Syam Shrama
Playback singers-A.Shyam,Khunjoy & A.Jamuna
LyricsKonsaba Ibochou
Cast-Diya,nirmala,Kanan,Nabakanta,Keshoram,tondon,Chaoba,Chandro,Deben,Bidhu,Shettu, Nabachandra,Maheswar,Naresh Shrama,Preti,Kabita & others
Produced by G.Narayan Shrama for N.S.Films

18.Film-Ishanou(35mm colour)Year-1990
Direction & Music-Aribam Syam Sharma
Script,Screenplay & Costume-M.k.Binodini Devi
Cast-Anoubam Kiranmala, Kangabam Tomba, Manbi, Dhiren,Baby Molly & Baby Premita
Produced by Guwahati   Doordarsan
The film was the official selection in UN CERTAIN REGARD at the cannes International Film Festival in 1991

19.Film- Ingallei(35mm colour)
Direction & Screenplay-R.K.Kripa
Cast – Diya,Deben,Babita
Produced by M. Kumarjit for M.K. Films

20.Film-Paap(35mm Colour)
Direction-M. Nilamani Singh
Co-Producer & Associate Direction –M.Ashiwinikumar