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Public support behind growth of Manipur Film Industry – Romi Meetei
Written by Amukhomba Ngangbam
ManipurTimes 22 February 2013
36 years old Romi Meetei (born 1977), a renowned Film maker of Manipuri Digital Film, hailing from Wangkhei Pukhrambam Leikai, Imphal East has directed 36 Manipuri feature films and 3 short films so far.
Romi is currently working in 3 Feature films titled Thajagi Maihing, Mounao Thoibi and Likli.
Under his Direction, Romi Meetei has made 3 short films titled Kangkhada Lin, Cease Baby Whimpering Cry and Nung amadi yerum.
His short film “Cease baby whimpering cry” was selected for Mumbai International Film Festival and Asiatic Film Medialle, Rome, Italy.
Nung Amadi yerum was selected for Frankfurt film festival 2012, Indian Panorama 2011and Mumbai International Film festival (international section).
Recently, his short film ‘’Kangkhada Lin’’ won the best short film award in Brahmaputra valley film festival 2013 held at Guwahati.
Romi Meetei’s first film is Angangba Kurao Mapal, a Manipuri Digital film. He started his career as lyricist. He wrote 200 plus songs for Music albums. He also earned money working as an Instructor of Computer Software Applications at a computer centre. He did many cover designing of Manipuri Music album cassettes too.
Romi Meetei did not get the knowledge of film making from any formal Institute. His knowledge of film making is a self taught one without the help of any teacher. Internet was his teacher. He read many books of film making through Internet.
Romi Meetei always wanted to make film as he was brought up in a family of music and film lovers. After graduation, he worked as a part time in Graphic Designing and various other works related to film under the guidance of his brother
Romi Meetei’s mother Bhanuleima is a singer of Meetei Ishei (folk song) while his father is a Tailor by profession. The artistic talent of his mother gave an impact on young Romi’s mind to be a film maker. During childhood, he participated in the dramas where he played the main role. However he has not preferred acting as lifetime career.
Romi Meetei films
Some of the Manipuri Digital Films directed by Romi Meetei are
1) Angangba Kurao Mapal
2) Nangna Mama Oibiyu
3) Inga Nonglakta
4) Ayukki Likla
5) Khuji, Thengmalkhre Thabalse
6) Akhunba Mani
7) Red Rose
8) Chumthang Makhong
9) Lengdaba Lan
10) Manithoiba, Imagi Ibungo
11) Lanfamda Ibeni
12) Mikithi Part 1 and 2,
14) Khangdreda Nongdamba,
15) Imagi Laman Singamdre,
16) Ingao Ngaona,
18) Natefamda Tero,
20) Khujilgi Mami,
21) Akaiba Likli,
22) Mamado Leisabido,
24) Gari Driver and many more
Romi Meetei got his primary education from Yaimabi Primary School, Wangkhei popularly known as Khgongban School. He passed Matriculation from C.C higher secondary school in 1992 and completed B.A (Sociology) from DM college of Arts, Imphal.
Background Music Concept
Music is a main pillar of the whole film. It cannot be weak as it helps the temperament of the whole scenes of a film says Romi.
His love for Indigenous Music and intention to promote it are the main reason behind the frequent use of Indigenous music as background music in almost all his films. It can directly hit the heart of a man and leaves an indelible impression in the mind of the viewer explain Romi.
Trying to get a platform of his films in the international market is one of Romi’s dreams. To start the venture Romi is planning to make a children film titled “Eigi yum “(My home). As making of Children films requires huge investment, he plans to make it with the help of some outside corporate markets.
To visualise his children film “My home” in many countries, he will seek financers from other countries like USA, Germany, France, Poland and others. Financers involved in making his film will automatically try to show his film in their respective countries with subtitles in different languages. This is the first step of Romi Meetei’s venture to uplift Manipuri Cinema in the international Market.
Many children films of other countries arrive our state while our films cannot go outside. There are ample possibilities to export our film products if many good films are made. In the venture to join in the world Cinema, I have moved some steps forward and will not retreat. Dream of making Manipuri films that will be internationalised will surely be materialised, says Film maker, Romi Meetei who always thinks for his state.
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