In the year 2000, one militant group, Revolutionary Peoples Front imposed a ban on screening of Hindi films and TV shows in Manipur.
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 whole.
"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 Kom.
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.