* This feature article is a part of women in Nepali film industry series. Previous article in the series was female directors in Nepali film industry.
Like every other fields, film writing in Nepali film industry is also dominated by males. Only a few writers are female. When the script writing is done by the wife of the director or the producer of the movie, question arises how genuine the writer is. For example, wife of noted director Sambhu Pradhan’s wife Nutan Pradhan and actor and producer Bhuwan KC‘s ex-wife Sushmita KC have also written scripts.
Actress Arunima Lamsal wrote the script of ‘Deepsikha‘. When the movie failed to impress audience, Arunima’s career as a writer is considered to have ended. Another writer, Kusum Anshal is also known to write the script of a movie made jointly by Nepal and India – ‘Panchawati’. Last year, actress Benisha Hamal had told about writing the script of a movie but, nothing is heard about that again.
Nepali Movie – Deep Shikha (2010)
Starring – Jiwan Luitel, Niraj Baral, Arunima Lamsal, Bishnu Sapkota, Mukunda Shrestha, Radha Lamsal etc.
Director – Naresh Poudel
The movie ‘Deep Shikha’ is the presentation of Amatya Arts . This movie was highly publicized as the movie made on the story of the lead actress, Arunima Lamsal. Because of the failure of the movie, Arunima never wrote script of movies again.
One of the versatile actresses of Nepali movie industry, Namrata Shrestha, is writing the story of a movie. The model turned actress is a very good actress and dancer is known to work in movies that have stories that appeal to her.
According to an online magazine, Namrata has finished writing the first few chapters. Apart from being the writer of the movie, she is also planning on testing her directorial skills in the movie. It seems to be shaping up, to be a complete Namrata Shrestha movie with writing, direction and acting. The desire to direct movie came from the fact that her some of her friends have already started film direction. But, she is willing to wait a while and establish herself in the acting career.