IMPHAL, April 14, 2018: Bobby Wahengbam’s ‘Matamgi Manipur: The First Manipuri Feature Film’ won the Best Book on Cinema at the 65th National Film Awards 2018, which was announced on Friday.
It is the first time that a book on Manipuri cinema won the coveted award for Best Book on Cinema. The award ceremony will be held on May 3 at New Delhi, where the President of India will honour the recipients.
The book provides a vivid account of the socio-political scenario in which Manipur regional cinema was born. It denotes a compassionate account of the dreams, challenges, preparation, execution and success of the team involved.
In the book, Bobby briefly reviews film theories, world cinema- Indian, regional and Manipuri- prior to the production of Matamgi Manipur. It studies the making of films and also analyses them contextually and symptomatically with explicit and implicit interpretations. The book also provides a list of Manipuri celluloid films produced till date with names of directors and producers as well as one or two liners on some distinguished films.
Bobby Wahengbam a.k.a. Wahengbam Khemananda Singh obtained his Master’s degree from University of Bombay, Diploma in Film Production (XIC, Mumbai) and a certificate on Film Appreciation from FTII, Pune. He has also assisted Gyan Correa, Sanjay Talreja, Lancha and Jahnu Barua.
He has become a regular columnist for the People’s Chronicle, writing extensively on cinema every Sunday for more than four years while contributing occasionally to Poknapham, The Sangai Express, Imphal Free Press, Hueiyen Lanpao and Seven Sister Post since 1999. His book ‘Manipuri Cinema: A World of Its Own’ won the Best Book on Manipuri Cinema at MSFA, 2016, along with the Best Film Critic award.
TNT News with inputs from Imphal Free Press