Mr India

Director: Haobam Paban Kumar
Running time: 47’ - India, 2009

Director’s Bio

Haobam Paban Kumar born in Manipur – the eastern most state of India bordering Mayanmar is an alumni of SRFTI, Kolkata. His diploma film NGAIHAK LAMBIDA was screened in the Indian Panorama Section of IFFI, Goa 2007. His films KANGLA, AFSPA 1958 & A CRY IN THE DARK have been shown at various festivals and international events. The film AFSPA 1958 bagged several international awards including the FIPRESCI PRIZE at MIFF, 2006. AFSPA 1958 also bagged the Best Non-Fiction Award at the 56th National Film Awards 2008.

Contact Director
Haobam Paban Kumar

Festival-Screenings - Awards

Mumbai International Film Festival 2010, India

2009 MR. INDIA
2009 The first leap

Anouba khongoop



2006 Ngaihak lambida
2006 A cry in the dark
2005 They… me…them

Manipur-an exotic destination


Urei – the tree flower

2000 Kangla

Producer, Director: Haobam Paban Kumar


Camera: Irom Maipak, Avijit Nandy


Editor: Sankha


Production manager: Laishram Devakumar


Assistant director: Takhellambam Helendro



For many HIV positive persons life crawls towards a slow end after knowing about the disease. But for Manipur born Mr. Khundrakpam Pradip Kumar Singh his "actual life started" in March 2000 when he learnt that he was infected with the deadly virus.
“I was too young when I committed the mistake of taking drugs and sharing a syringe. But should you let one mistake spoil your entire life? I didn’t want to,” says Pradip.
Defying doctors who had warned him against the rigors of body building, Pradip joined a gymnasium. Nine years down the line, Kh. Pradip Kumar has several achievements to his credit, including the 'Mr. Manipur' title in 2007. His next mission is the ‘Mr. India’ title. This is a story about a man who is an inspiration for thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in his home state of Manipur.
“If you have a strong will, nothing is impossible in this world. Death is inevitable, but until it comes, I have decided to live my life positively, no matter what.”

World sales
Haobam Paban Kumar
Oli Pictures
Uripok Haobam Dewan Leikai, Imphal 795 001, Manipur
Tel: +91.385.2411794 (R)

Director’s Statement

In the course of shooting this film my dad expired, he was an alcoholic. What started as an important subject for a film became a reality for me as I myself started feeling the importance of people like Pradip in our society. I still feel my dad might have lived more if he had met Pradip or have known a little bit about him. Today my aim is to take this film to as many people as possible.
‘Life is too short and beautiful. Let’s enjoy and celebrate life.’