The Imphal Free Press
IMPHAL, May 22: "A good children film can change a child`s perspective in life. In Manipur there is no dearth of talent among the children but lack of opportunities."
Coming from the horse`s mouth, the simple truth that children are a neglected lot with the general population obsessed with the law and order problem cannot be truer. This was stated by G Deepika, last year National Balshree Award recipient speaking at the inaugural function of the 2nd Children`s Film Festival at Asha Cinema here today.
Mentioning that there should be more films for children, Deepika urged the filmmakers and producers to keep children in mind when they plan their next film.
Questioning whether the people of Manipur should "let the talent of our children go to waste" the chief guest of the function, MLA M Nara proposed a weeklong children festival to be held in October or November.
He said that children are the wealth of a nation and the people should never forget that "we are simply borrowers of their wealth and it is our duty to return what we borrowed, better and more beautiful".
Observing that culture is the most important medium for making Manipur known all over the world, the MLA said that culture should not be commercialized and the Manipur Film Development Corporation Limited should be nurtured instead of shutting down.
Padmashree A Shyam Sharma, noted film director, also said that film should be considered as a cultural activity in Manipur. He said that in the 35 years journey of Manipuri film, no children film were produced and very few music, books for children.
Eminent writer MK Binodini appealed the writers and artists to focus on children and bring out more books, films and cultural activities for children and to "love children and serve children".
Art and culture commissioner P Bhorot presided over the function. Anthony D`Souza, assistant administrative officer Children`s Film Society India; Y Roma, noted film actress; Dr Sarojini, director art and culture; and Dr Sobita, director Film Festival, MFDC were also present at the inaugural function.
The film festival is jointly organised by Children`s Film Society, India and MFDC, Manipur. During the 3-day long festival 10 children films from different parts of the world will be shown at different places of Manipur, including remand homes. After the inaugural function, Manipuri film Paari, directed by A Shyam, was screened.