In the year 2000, one militant group, Revolutionary Peoples
Front imposed a ban on screening of Hindi films and TV shows in
Not only that, the outfit also created huge ruckus by attacking
some theatres which showed Hindi movies and since then no theatre
is willing to run Hindi films in Manipur.
However, Mary Kom herself and the makers of the film are trying
hard to release the film in the boxer's home-town and Manipur as a
"We are trying very hard for this to happen, but the movies
association and underground groups should allow it. It looks
difficult but we will speak to the government about it," says Mary
Meanwhile, a film-maker from Manipur's neighbouring state Assam,
Utpal Borpujari expressed his opinion on the same issue. "In
today's globalised world, such bans have no meaning as everyone can
access films through DTH networks and internet.There's no point in
banning films from a particular language or culture except perhaps
scoring some political brownie points for the militant group
involved. It will be in the spirit of things if the film, Mary Kom,
gets released in Manipur so that Manipuris can see how the story of
one of them has been told on a large canvas. And why only Mary Kom,
films from any language should be screened wherever there is a
market for it."
Directed by Omung Kumar, the movie Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra and Darshan Kumar is set to release on September 5th.