The Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) has mourned the demise of eminent film critic RK Bidur.

Film critic RK Bidur, who was undergoing treatment at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal, die on Wednesday due to post-COVID19 complications. He was 80.

“Prominent writer on Manipuri cinema and recipient of Swarna Kamal, the national award for best film critic, RK Bidur succumbed to post-Covid complication on Wednesday at chest ICU, JNIMS on Wednesday,” MSFDS secretary Sunzu Bachaspatimayum said in a statement.

“He was 80 years of age and survived by his wife. One of the best film critic in India, RK Bidur was the founder-president of the Manipur Film Journalist/Critics Association (MFJCA),” Bachaspatimayum stated.

Terming the demise of the eminent film personality as irreplaceable, Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) has deeply mourned the loss of RK Bidur.

The MSFDS described RK Bidur as an “encyclopaedia of Manipuri cinema whose passing is a huge loss for Manipuri cinema”.

Bidur’s active participation in film society movement, his brilliance in critiquing the intricacies of the cinematic art and his personal knowledge of the journey of Manipuri cinema made him a staunch promoter of regional cinema especially the Manipuri film movement, it said.

In the memory of the eminent film critic and as a mark of respect for his invaluable contributions to Manipuri cinema, a candlelight memorial was held at the Manipuri Cinema Memorial in MSFDS complex by the film community of the state that has altogether lost six film personalities during the pandemic so far.

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