Manipur has been in limelight for quite some time now. No one is unaware of the reason for this. In fact, the ethnic conflict between the Kuki and Meitai communities has been going on in Manipur since May 3, which has taken a terrible form. A lot went wrong with the girls in this fight between the two communities, which enraged the whole country. Due to this ongoing dispute in Manipur, there is upheaval in the politics of the country as well. Amidst all these bad news, now a good news is coming out from Manipur. In fact, after almost two decades, a Hindi film will be screened in Manipur on Independence Day today.
Hindi film to be screened after 20 years
For the first time in more than 20 years, a Hindi film will be screened in ethnic strife-torn Manipur on Independence Day. Tribal organization Hamar Students Association (HSA) has planned to screen a Hindi film at Rengkai (Lamka) in Churachandpur district on Tuesday evening. However, the name of the film was not disclosed in it.
The last Hindi film was shown in 1998
The HSA said the last Hindi film publicly screened in Manipur was 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', released in 1998. The organization said, 'We will declare our independence from those anti-national terrorist groups who have announced to boycott Independence Day.' The ban on screening of Hindi films was imposed in September 2000 by the rebel organization Revolutionary People's Front.
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Cassettes were burnt after the ban
Officials said that within a week of the ban on 12 September 2000, rebels had burnt 6,000 to 8,000 video and audio cassettes and compact discs of Hindi collected in the state. While the RPF did not give any reason for the ban in the northeastern state, cable operators said the militant group feared negative impact of Bollywood on the state's language and culture.