I have prepared a list of Nepali movies you shouldn’t miss.
1. Pashupati Prasad
The 2015 release movie written by the lead actor, Khagendra Lamichhane, ‘Pashupati Prasad’ is a movie about the problem of poverty. The movie directed by Dipendra K Khanal was liked by critics and the viewers. Khagendra’s previous movie ‘Talakjung VS Tulke’ was also a very successful movie. I would recommend you to watch both of them but, let me count both of them as one.
A love-story movie, release in 2013 is set in a very beautiful location in Mustang. The movie featuring Nischal Basnet, Rishma Gurung, Dayahang Rai and Rajan Khatiwada in leading role is directed by Ram Babu Gurung. After the huge success of ‘Kabaddi’ its sequel ‘Kabaddi Kabaddi’ was also released in 2015. If you like ‘Kabaddi’ you won’t be dissapointed by its sequel ‘Kabaddi Kabaddi’ too.
Made on a well known story titled ‘Jhola’ by literary figure Krishna Dharabasi, ‘Jhola’ is made about an ancient practice in Nepal called ‘Sati’. It was an usual practice of women to immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. It started as a form of willful suicide by the widows but, later some widows were forced to death. The lead actress of the movie, Garima Panta was also awarded the Best Actress award in the SAARC film festival. She was also awarded the Best Actress National Award for her role in the movie. The movie was liked both by the critics and the viewers.
- Watch ‘Jhola’ here
Loot was a superhit movie released in 2008 about young people of Kathmandu, who want to earn large sum of easy money. The movie follows the story of a young man named Haku Kale (Saugat Malla) who plans on robbing a bank with the help of four other unemployed men. The movie, directed by Nischal Basnet, is considered a turning point in the Nepali movie industry and is credited for saving the industry from a long list of failures. It is also regarded as one of the most successful Nepali commercial movies.
- Watch ‘Loot’ here
Inspired by a popular folk tale ‘The monkey’s paw’, ‘Kagbeni’ is a movie about desires and the extremities of desire. The art movie also saw commercial success and was featured in various film festivals. The movie directed by Bhushan Dahal was release in 2008. It shows the lifestyle of the people living in the high altitude areas in Nepal. In addition to the story, acting and film making, the natural beauty of the mountains are also beautifully captured in the movie.
- Watch ‘Kagbeni’ here
Basanti was released in 2000 starring Karishma Manandhar, Gauri Malla, Rajesh Hamal and Ashok Sharma, and was directed by Nir Shah. The movie is based on Diamond Shumser Rana’s novel by the same name – “Basanti”. The director, Nir Shah had produced the movie himself. The actor Rajesh Hamal had once told that ‘Basanti’ is one of his favorite movies.
- Watch ‘Basanti’ here
Balidan is a 1997 hit movie starring the MaHa duo (Maha Jodi) about the people’s fight against the autocratic Panchayat System in Nepal. The patriotic movie inspires you to fight against injustice and gives you a sense of responsibility towards the society. Starring popular actors like Nir Shah, Sunil Pokharel, Keshav Bhattarai, Shanti Maskey, Hari Bansha Acharya and Madan Krishna Shrestha, the movie was a super hit movie of its time.
Watch ‘Balidan’ here.
The super hit movie of 1985, Basudev is a musical movie. The songs of the movie are still liked by a lot of listeners. One of the ever-green songs of the movie recorded in Robin Sharma’s voice is the song on the poem of poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota’s – ‘Yatri’. The movie features the cinematography of Prem Upadhaya, screenplay of Nir Shah, dialogue of Mukunda Shrestha and produced jointly by Binod Chaudhay, Sophie Upadhyaya and Nir Shah.
- Watch ‘Basudev’ here
I have added ‘Dakshina’ on the suggestion of a Twitter friend and I agree to him. This Tulsi Ghimire movie ‘Dakshina’ is the movie with great music and heart touching story. The movie features Niruta Singh, Bhuwan KC and Tulsi Ghimire among others.
This is probably one of the best movies of the veteran director Tulsi Ghimire. In an interview, Tulsi Ghimire told that, he made this movie to present this movie as the gift (Dakshina) to his Guru whom he had promised to make ten Nepali movies and then go to Bollywood. Tulsi however didn’t left Nepali movie industry and continue making other Nepali movies.
Watch ‘Dakshina’ here
10. (Which one?)
I will only choose one movie from the suggestions of the readers and the Twitter friends.
I have got suggestions for
Another Tulsi Ghimire movie in the list, ‘Deuta’ is a superhit movie featuring Rajesh Hamal in leading role. Actress Sirjana Basnet had debuted in the movie. Sirjana later married the producer of the movie Biju Ranjit. The movie was released in 1993 became a super hit movie.
Lahure is also another Tulsi Ghimire movie shot in beatutiful places in Sikkim and Darjeeling. Tulsi Ghimire’s wife Bharati Ghimire (Gazmer) was the assistant director of this movie.
Suggestions in Twitter:
— Rabi Acharya (@furious_rav) November 8, 2016
— Nishanka Ranabhat (@being_nrb) November 8, 2016