Ukhrul: Foundation stone of the first-ever film city in Manipur under the Center for Culture and Moving Images was laid by State minister for art and culture, L Jayantakumar Singh, in Ringui village of Ukhrul district.
Known for its exquisite skills and talents in the entertainment industry, Ringui village is one of the pioneers in shaping the Tangkhul film industry; and preserving the culture and traditions of the community through visuals.
According to the officials, the art and culture department has earmarked a budget for developing the project and the initial proposed budget stands at Rs 65 crore.
With over 400 households, Ringui village in the hill district is located at a distance of around 50 Km from Imphal.
Having nearly 100 films and 200 audios been produced by the village for over the last three decades, it is befitting and well-deserved by the people of the village to have such novel structural center in the region.
According to locals, the village had already celebrated the completion of 25 years of forming the Ringui Film Makers Association (RFMA), an apex body for local filmmakers, in 2018.
Addressing the august gathering, minister Singh expressed his desire to develop the diverse and rich culture of the state.
Terming the meaning of culture as vast and infinite, the minister also said that culture, according to his knowledge, is the inner urge to express oneself.
Minister also assured for some necessary assistance to those villagers who have donated their land for the ambitious project.
According to the village headman, Atem A Shimray, as many as eight households have donated their lands for the project despite the location was apt for a settlement site.
Actor Asing Zimik, popularly known as “Ameipam”, had expressed happiness over the project. He also expressed hopes for the younger generation to revive and evolve the Tangkhul film industry.