Stealing Hearts and Crossing Walls: Manda
|Date of Birth:||22nd March|
|Film Works:||Engengi Atiya, Angangba Kuraogi Mapal, Nanga Mama Oubiyu, Thengmangkhare Thabalse, Ayuki Likla, Enga Nonglakta, Lalibadi Eini (The Sky of Autum) Part 1 and 2. Kaboklei and Many More...|
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|STEALING HEARTS AND CROSSING WALLS: EMERGENCE AND RE-EMERGENCE OF AN ARTISTE|
There had been many actors and actresses who had abandoned a film project half way owing to numerous personal and unspecified reasons. Manda Leima is one such actress who left the Manipuri digital film revolution at the height of her acting career only to reappear again.
Manda was special and every Manipuri film lovers missed her and miserable feelings engulfed them. Though none knew Manda's whereabouts, everyone was sure of one cliched conjecture: She got married! Honestly, no one seemed to know the entire truth till now (neither do we, an honest confession) and all her fans and admirers and the media do not seem to be over burdened with her two-year 'disappearing act', perhaps, respecting her privacy.
How Manda has crossed the segregating wall in life was conceivably indicated by the title and the story of one of her films Lallasi Pal, 2005. Since then this Manipuri female actor has acted in over 50 films. Some of her memorable films include Engengi Atiya, Angangba Kuraogi Mapal, Nanga Mama Oubiyu, Thengmangkhare Thabalse, Ayuki Likla, Enga Nonglakta, Lalibadi Eini(The Sky of Autum) Part 1 and 2 . With so many films in a short first phase, she still has the potential to go a long way.
"Credit for my success in acting should be given to my father who is an artiste too. I began acting around the time I was in my 11th standard. I was interested in acting. Other than that there is not much to remember." She says this recalling her early days.
Commenting on the state of film industry in Manipur, Manda says, "The kind of films made now in Manipur looks quite distinct from the times we started. Now filmmakers have ventured into varied themes and complex stories. They are no longer as simple as they used to be. And with new rules imposed upon filmmakers, presumably for the better, there is a dramatic change in the way we dress and also make the song-dance sequence."
Manda is planning to direct a film sometime in future but for the moment she is not venturing into film production. Besides acting, she says she has learnt embroidery and weaving too, with an uncanny smile and also indicating that she is capable of an independent survival.