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Compiled by a well-meaning Mayang
Written by W Rorrkychand Singh October 12, 2012
Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi, won the national award for a supporting role in ‘Phijigi Mani’ (2011)
Her mother Leibaklei Devi wanted her to study and get a good job. But Tonthoi secretly did a dance diploma course at J N Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal. Later, participated at DAWN Actor Actress competition -2006 and it paved her way to stardom.
While, she was in her sister’s home at New Checkon for her B Com at DM College of Commerce, Imphal one of her brothers, Homendro informed about the competition. However, she was not able to decide anticipating the possible chides from her parents. But, she managed to talked with her father (L Ibungomacha Singh) about the competition and seek some guidance. Luckily, Ibungomacha, who is also a singer and an art lover readily agreed and she led to stardom by winning the most coveted title, which is supposed to be a gateway to Manipur Film industry.
After DAWN, filmmaker Bishwamitra approached her for a project, but that could perform well at box office.
By 2012 she had done more than 13 films and some of them are trendsetters but her contentment is on the artistic values and the particular characters that she essayed in the movie.
Offers from other Indian film industries
Tonthoi also says that she received some offers from other Indian film industries but due to present restrictions imposed by underground elements on Manipuri actors regarding dress code and appearance in Hindi films/ Tele-films, she needed some time to make it official.
After her breathtaking performances in supernatural movies like ‘Thoicha’ and ‘Sakhenba Bhoot’ even some of children from her locality used call as Nene (aunty) Thoicha.
Tonthoi is a multi-faceted personality; who acts, a multi-linguist, (Manipuri, English, Hindi, Kuki, Burmese), double graduate (B Com and Hindi), a percussionist (Pena) and a sportsperson.
Since childhood, she always accompanied her brothers when they go out for playing football and other sports. While, she was in DM College once she participated in many inter university women football tournament in Kolkata representing Manipur University. Besides, after her dance class at J N Manipur Dance Academy she learned how to play our indigenous musical instrument Pena and she enjoyed playing it
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