Imphal: Film critic RK Bidur, who was undergoing treatment at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal, succumbed to post COVID-19 complications on Wednesday. He was 80.

Bidur was a prominent writer on Manipuri cinema and recipient of Swarna Kamal for Best Film Critic. He was also the founder-president of the Manipuri Film Journalist/Critics Association (MFJCA).

Bidur is survived by his wife.

Condoling the demised of Bidur, the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) termed the demise of the eminent film personality as irreparable. The society also described Bidur as an encyclopedia of Manpuri cinema, whose passing is a huge lost for Manipuri cinema, said in a press statement.

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“Bidur’s active participation in film society movement, his brilliance in critiquing the intricacies of the cinematic art and his personal knowledge of the journey of Manipuri cinema made him a staunch promoter of regional cinema, especially the Manipuri film movement,” said MSFDS secretary Sunzu Bachaspatimayum in a statement.

In his fond memory and as a mark of respect for his invaluable contribution to Manipuri cinema, the society held a candlelight memorial at the Manipuri Cinema Memorial erected at MSFDS complex in Imphal.

So far, the state’s film community has already lost six personalities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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