The movie ‘Highway’ had created a big buzz and a hype among Nepali youths before its release. Probably, ‘Highway’ is the first movie successful in creating such a big buzz before it’s release. It sure is critically aclaimed and is the first Nepali movie to be featured in Berlin International Film Festival.
Thanks to publicity and talks, the audience had a huge expectation from the movie. After the public release of the movie, majority of the audience think that the buzz and publicity was over hyped.
Few reasons ‘Highway’ was successful in creating such a big hype are:
In Nepal, we have recently stepped into the New year, 2069. Last year, year 2068, was unique in terms of large number of movie releases and success of new comers. Following graph shows the number of Nepali movie released, arranged by month.
The success of ‘Chapali Height‘ in box office and the success of similar themed previous movie ‘Palpalma’ have provided Nepali producers an news insight: an adult themed movie does a good business in Nepal. Following the same trend, another Nepali movie ‘Chandrawati’ is also set to be released bearing an adult certificate.
This time, there was an unlikely competition between a established producer and actor Bhuwan KC and a new entry actress Binita Baral. It was not only in changing their names on the suggestion of their respective astrologers, they also competed in creating controversies. And the unlikely winner was Binita Baral (we better call her Beenita Baral).
Nepali film industry is becoming more competitive these days. Established actors and actresses are facing hard time in remaining relevant in these days and the new actors and film makers are ruling our film industry. In this race, actor / producer, Bhuwan KC‘s attempt to make a comeback was not successful.
A graphic designer, Ananda Maharjan, has won the Open Movie Poster Competition for a Nepali Cinema "Chhadke".
The movie producers have told that the winning poster will be used in the official promotion of ‘Chhadke‘. It is told that Ananda will also be involved in the design of other promotional materials.
I wrote about film related websites in Nepal in August of 2010. The websites reviewed at that time are still in operation. Some have improved in their quality and others have remained the same.
The sites I reviewed were:
"Chapali height" got a good media coverage both before and after release. That was partly because of different controversies the movie was involved in before it was released, and ‘sexual psychology’ highlighted in it’s promotion. Although some have questioned the validity of the claims of its producer that ‘Chapali Height‘ has collected 50 lakhs in a single day, the publicity and viewers in theaters show it should have had a decent opening. But, one can expect the initial response to fade in lights of negative reviews it is getting from critics and viewers.
Now, the question arises – is the movie getting negative review from viewers just because it has got sexual contents?
‘Chapali Height‘ compares well with a previous similar movie ‘Pal Pal Ma‘ released about two years ago. The movie ‘Pal Pal Ma‘ had also got an adult certificate from the censor board and it was publicized as the first Nepali movie to get an adult certificate. The ‘A’ certificate itself proved to be a tool of good publicity, and a good business as well. But, in essence, ‘Pal Pal Ma‘ had nothing to win the hearts of its viewers and virtually nobody appreciated it as a movie. In the movie, the topic of sex was only used for publicity and it was used in a vulgar way. (watch Palpalma here)
I think, history is repeating in case of ‘Chapali Height‘ too. In the case of both movies, small group of people liked the movie and the majority didn’t.
Note: We have started a new pre-release review section. We will do post-review or a real review of the movie after the movie is released. This is a collection of details available before release.
Upcoming Nepali movie Chapali Height is produced by Arjun Kumar and directed by Dipendra K Khanal. The movie is targeted to all those Nepali who are fond of watching interesting movie but especially targeted to the audience who prefer to go to multiplexes and city dwellers. It is made in digital format.
Film Development Board of Nepal has unveiled a 10-point-document outlining its rules and regulation for the development of movie making in Nepal. The rules were distributed to the journalists in a press meet organized on Monday, March 12, 2012.
Note: Following is unofficial translation of Nepali text (attached below)
- About Film Development Board being autonomous– A law will soon be passed to ensure the Board to be more powerful and functional.
- About national film festival – National film festival to be held in Surkhet of Mid-Western region within the month of Chaitra.
- About international film festival – An international film festival will be held in June 1, 2012.
- About film censorship in the hall of the Board – Movies are being censored in the Board’s new movie theatre. The hall rental for Nepali movie is fixed at Rs. 1000 and for foreign movie, it is Rs. 3000.
- About delegation of responsibility to the Board – The Ministry of Information and Communication has authorized the Board to determine movie show times in film halls. No movie hall is allowed to have a morning shows before 11:00 AM except for Saturday.
- Networking for Box Office report and organized business practice – The Board will require every Nepali and foreign films to submit their income and progress report.
- Management of production, re-production, sale and distribution of copyright of film and film related materials – Following are the regulations;
- The companies producing CD, DVD, VCD, VHS should obtain the production license for each of those films from the Film Development Board.
- Each CD, DVD, VCD, VHS should contain the hologram provided by the Film Development Board.
- If such materials are produced by the ones authorized by the Board, such companies will be punished according to Copyright Act 2059.
- The retailers and rentals of movies should get a 5-year license to sell or rent movies. They should renew the license every 5 years.
- To make movie sector more reliable – The Board is planning to require movie makers to deposit some amount of money with the Board that will be released after the movie is censored.
- Classification of cinema halls – The board has expanded the classification of cinema halls in addition to Video and Colloid. The classification is pending approval of the ministry.
- On ethics of film producers, hall owner, distributors, and artists – The board will release the ethics of all involved in film making in future.
The movie Chapali Height has been as controversial as the lead actress of the movie, Binita Baral. The movie is going to be released next week and we can expect to read more about the movie and it’s lead actress.
At the time when two or even four movies are being released every week, there was only one movie released this week – Bhuwan KC’s “Sathi Ma Timro”. “Sathi Ma Timro” is a story of a struggling movie producer and his son, played by child artist Shirshak Sapkota in leading role.
Saathi ma timro is a story of a son Avisekh K.C (Bhuwan K C), a struggling film producer trying to fulfill his father’s wish. In his movie venture, Avisekh lost everything including his wife Puja (Richa Ghimire), his house, his car, and his luxurious life. All he was left with was his son Anmol (played by Shirshak Sapkota). Although, he had numerous problems in pursuing his father’s dream project, a movie named Saathi Ma Timro, he tried his best to keep his son Anmol from being aware of such problems. A struggling actress Ashmi (Rekha Thapa) was impressed by Avisekh got attracted towards him. Although deep inside she loved Avisekh, she couldn’t express her love to him.
Will Avisekh be able to finish his father’s dream project? Will his little son Anmol know about the problems his father faced? Will Ashmi be able to express her love to Avisekh? Will Puja come back in the life of Avisekh?
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Our congratulation to Loot for it’s 51 days celebration on Friday, March 2, 2012 !
This year had been a bit different for Nepali film industry. There used to be a trend in our film industry that, a movie require star cast to be a hit. This year, neither Rajesh Hamal nor Rekha Thapa could ensure a good box office collection. At the same time, new director, new music director, and few struggling actors in ‘Loot‘ proved that a good movie doesn’t need star cast.
Yes, ‘Loot’ is still running in theaters and is extending its market to overseas too.
The fact that ‘Loot’ has become a hot cake topic among the film makers and movie goers left me wondering: is it such a wonderful movie? Should everybody watch it ?
The actor and producer Bhuwan KC is one of the well known personality in Nepali movie industry who doesn’t need an introduction. It was at the end of 2009 Bhuwan KC announced his son to be featured in Sathi Ma Timro. After almost a year, he realized Anmol need to focus more on studies than in acting. By the time Bhuwan was ready to release his movie, he sought suggestions from astrologer who suggested him to add a letter in his Name. That is reason behind Sathi ma Timro being presented by Bhuwann KC not Bhuwan KC.
At the time of release of his latest movie, Raunak has talked with Bhuwan for xNepali on various issues of his new movie:
Q. Tell us something about your upcoming project “Sathi ma Timro”?
Bhuwan - “Sathi ma Timro” is a story about a family in which, a 5 year kid Sirshak Sapkota has an important role. It is purely a family movie with some action, comedy, songs, and emotional scenes to cater the needs of Nepali movie viewers. In total, it is a family entertainment movie.
Q. In some interviews, you have said that after the release of this movie 60% producers of Nepali movies will leave this field. Does this movie contain the story of our film industry?
Bhuwan - Yes, this movie has a story of our film industry too. It’s a story of a father and son, it’s a story of a family which resemblances to many families of our society.
The most awaited and hoped-for Nepali movie, Miss U, is released today in theatres all over Nepal. The movie features a story of three best friends, played by Namrata Shrestha, Dillip Raymajhi and Barun Rana. The movie tries to prove the saying that, a boy and a girl can’t be best friend forever. Friends of opposite sex, at some point, can fall in love and either their friendship gets scattered or, becomes weaker or, they might at best be happy couple.
‘Miss U‘ is the story of three best friends Sanjh (Barun Rana) , Sakshyam (Dillip Raymajhi) and Jasmine (Namrata Shrestha). Their friendship probably started in some foreign college they went together. They have a desire to stay best friends forever. Sanjh falls in love with Jasmine from the beginning but, couldn’t express his feelings towards her. On an incident in a pub, Jasmine came to know about his feelings towards her and accepts his love towards her. In one occasion when Sanjh was in Nepal to meet his family in Dashain, Sanjh and Sakshyam got drunk and had a physical relationship. The Dashain celebration incident is the turning point in the story of the three best friends. Revealing what happens after that would spoil the fun of watching the movie.
For the last two decades, Nepali film industry has been ruled by Rajesh Hamal and his craze hasn’t diminished to date. The new comer actors had tried to follow his path, but none have succeeded. Hamal represents masala types of movies with common ingredients like action, comedy, songs, and glamorous actresses.
After the release of "Sano Sansar" and "Kagbeni", Nepali movies had stepped in new direction creating a sharp contrast between the two groups of film makers.
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