Wahengbam Somoraj

The Manipur State Film Development Society has “deeply mourned” the demise of Wahengbam Somoraj, a dedicated film actor who shot into fame for his role in the 35-mm celluloid film ‘Cheina’ (2003).

A resident of Tera Sapam Leirak, Imphal, Somoraj passed away at his residence on December 20 night after suffering a long spell of depression, according to MSFDS.

Wahengbam Somoraj was 48 and is survived by his wife.

“In the sad demise of Somoraj, Manipuri cinema has lost a talented and extremely dedicated film actor. MSFDS shares the grief of the bereaved family,” Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) said on December 21.

National awardee filmmaker, Oken Amakcham, who directed ‘Cheina’ recalled Wahengbam Somoraj as a soft-spoken, dedicated aspiring actor.

Somoraj played ‘Thambou’, a sincere pradhan who dreamt of development and progress in a village. However, he developed mental health issues and succumbed to it. After his sterling role as psychiatric pradhan, many film-makers offered him projects. However, he chose only to act in projects which interested him.

Beside his roles in digital film, his was a popular face in Manipuri music video, notable ones being, “Mitta Karigi Kajal No Yekliba” and “Nungshi Maithong do Yengjage”.

As a mark of respect and homage to the departed actor, a candlelight memorial was observed at the Manipuri Cinema Memorial at MSFDS complex in Imphal on December 21.

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