Five types of Nepali movies (with links to example movies)

A friend in Twitter, Rakesh, has categorized the Nepali movies in four different  types. Although the categorization is done very loosely and the boundary of this categorization is extremely blurry, such a categorization can give a rough guide on what a particular movie is like. I think, there is room for improvement in this categorization so that one can easily decide on whether to watch the movie or not. There is a possibility that some movies might fall in more than one category. Let’s review each category in detail with examples.

  1. Masala Nepali movies
  2. New Age Nepali movies
  3. Nepali movies for youth
  4. B and C Grade Nepali movies
  5. Historical and Art Nepali movies

5 types of Nepali movies

Video presentation:

Masala Nepali movies

Masala Nepali movies contain all the different entertaining aspects of movies. They are the mix of comedy, family drama, action, music and love all stuffed in a movie to appeal all types of viewers. They might contain all these ingredients (masala) or some of them. These types of movies are less risky and hence, the established film producers prefer to go with these type of movies.

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True Geek Tattoo, Arunima Lama, Priyanka, Sujata Sitaula and others

At xnepali, when we talk about tattoo, it’s tattoo on the body of Nepali artists. Once we posted some tattoo photos of true geeks. Now that is the past. The geekiest tattoo on Nepali artists might be that of actress Arunima Lama. Arunima Lama was featured as a nude model in the movie ‘Kina Kina’. The movie features two tattooed actresses – Arunima and actress Karishma Manandhar (you can watch ‘Kina Kina’ here).

Let me start with a video report on tattoos on Nepali actress:

arunima lama piercing and tattoo

In a report that inked women are considered sluttier than the ones without them, Arunima Lama wrote, “I’m so confused. How can getting inked change a girls persona. Does the ink have some kind of magical powers to change her from a good girl to bad?” Arunima says, the ink is amazing and says women with tattoos are amazing in every way. She believes, every tattoo have some hidden meanings and a lots of memories. Arunima adds, she is “proud to be in the inked category.”

arunima lama comment slutty girls tattoo

In addition to inking, Arunima is also a fan of piercing. She has pierced various places in her face including her cheeks, nose and ears. The following photo shows the tattoo on her back.

arunima lama in kina kina

kina kina poster arunima lama tattoo

It seems, the director and producer of ‘Kina Kina’, Ukesh Dahal prefers the actresses with tattoos. In his previous movie ‘Palpalma’ he had featured another actress – Sujata Sitaula who has a couple of tattoos on her back. Like Arunima in ‘Kina Kina’, Sujata was also featured in hot scenes in the movie. ‘Palpalma’ became the first Nepali movie to be given an ‘A’ from the Censor Board. Watch ‘Palpalma’ here.

palpalma poster

I guess, I have talked enough about Karishma Manandhar’s tattoo before. Another actress who love tattoos on her body is Priyanka Karki. She has a tattoo on her back and on one of her legs. Actress Sushma Karki also loves tattoo. Sushma had trouble with the tattoo of her ex-boyfriend’s tattoo on her back. She had to make it ugly to conceal his name.

I am having a discussion about tattoo in my Twitter page about why people use tattoo and what do they think about it. I am embedding some of the replies I get there.

And, I remembered a case of actress Sushma Karki, who had to conceal the tattoo she had on her back after she broke up with her boyfriend, Niran Shrestha. The tattoo to conceal huge tattoo of the ex resulted into an ugly tattoo that she wouldn’t be proud to show off. Attached is the photo showing the tattoo before (on the right) and after (on the left):

sushma karki tattoo boyfriend

Sushma’s case should be an eye-opener for some of those crazy lovers who might regret their decisions later.

Mausami Malla’s tattoo:

Mausami Malla hides her tattoo from the public. Although other actresses like Sushma Karki, Karishma Manandhar and Suvekshya Thapa have tattoo at the same location, they proudly show it, Mausami choses to hide it. The following photo show an accidental display of a part of the tattoo on top of her left breast. Although the tattoo is only seen in a small part, that is the only photo I could find of the actress that shows her tattoo. Please guess what the tattoo might be of.

mausami malla tattoo

Kina Kina to release as Na Jaane Kyun in Hindi

The Nepali movie featuring and Karishma Manandhar, ‘Kina Kina’ is going to release in Hindi in a different name. The movie renamed ‘Na Jaane Kyun’. The Ukesh Dahal’s movie is made on sex theme in which, Rajesh is featured as a nude painter.

Watch the fun-filled photoshot video (The photo used in the poster):

na jaane kyun - kina kina in hindi

Ukesh debuted in Nepali movie industry as an adult film director through ‘Palpalma‘. The movie was successful and he advertised for an actress to pose for nude model in his next project. Arunima Lama agreed to do the role of the model. The movie went through a problem to get censor clearance but, later got through with an ‘A’ rating.

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Chandrawati – another controversial movie for adult audiance

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.


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Is sex good for Nepali film industry?

Chapali height” (watch Chapali Height here) 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.

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Palpalma – Movie trailer

palpalmaThe Nepali movie “Palpalma” was being screened in Hong Kong but it is not known when it will come to the theaters in Nepal. The Censor Board of Nepal has decided that the movie is adult in nature and kids under 16 years of age are not permitted to watch it. Debut movie of director Ukesh Dahal and produced by Mr. Harihar Acharya, the movie is told to have a new taste and fresh concept. The movie is even expected to set a new standard in Nepali Movie Industry.

The bed scene photo of the movie has been around before the completion of the movie. The movie was previously said to be coming to the theaters in Kathmandu on the Nepali New Year (Mid-April, 2010) but there is no sign of its release.

‘Palpalma’ is about male sex workers and deals with sexual relationship between people. The bold scenes, never been seen before in a Nepali movie, will surely make it a hot cake among Nepali adults. Main cast in the movie are Ramit Dhungana, Dilip Rayamajhi, Rupa Rana, Sujata Situla, Dilip Gautam, Suman Singh, Bikrant Basnet, Usha, Sashi Khadka, and Asim Rana.

(update – trailer video is not available)

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Palpalma – Hot movie screened in Hong Kong


Thanks to hot bed scenes, Nepali movie Palpalma was dragged into controversy during its shooting. The movie was widely publicized with photos and posters of bed scenes featuring Ramit Dhungana and Sujata Sitaula.

The Film Board however didn’t cut any scenes and categorized the movies not suitable for kids under 16 years of age.

The movie revolves around the lives of the wives of ‘Lahure’, who go to foreign lands to work. Lahure wives and male prostitutes are the main characters in the movie.

The movie was shown in two locations in Hong Kong recently. The director of the movie Ukesh Dahal told that the Nepali community in Hong Kong liked the movie. Palpalma is the first movie of Ukesh as a director.

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