Popular actors among the youth, Pradeep Khadka and Samragyee RL Shah were awarded the Star of the Year at the FAAN Award 2073. This was the second edition of the film award ceremony organized by Film Artists Association of Nepal. In last year’s award, actor Anmol KC was awarded the artist of the year award.
Prime minister KP Sharma Oli had handed over the award certificated to the winners in an event held in Kathmandu on March 30, 2018.
Samragyee’s upcoming movie ‘Timi Sanga’ is releasing on Chaitra 23 and ‘Lily Billy’ of Pradeep Khadka is releasing the next week, on Chatria 30. After receiving the award Pradeep Khadka waited for Samragyee to receive her award and they posed together asking the photographers to take their photos.
In the 2017 edition of the SAARC Film Festival, three awards were awarded to Nepali film. In the recent announcement, two movies ‘Dying Candel’ and ‘Kalo Pothi’ (Black Hen) won three of the 14 awards announced today.
While Bhupendra Adhikari’s movie ‘Dying Candle’ was awarded the Best Editing award, ‘Kalo Pothi’ won Best Film Open Award and Background Score awards.
The best film award was awarded to Sri Lankan film ‘Let Her Cry’. The award tally by country are:
- India – 3 Awards
- Sri Lanka – 4 Awards
- Afganistan – 2 Awards
- Maldives – 1 Award
- Bangaladesh – 1 Award
- Nepal – 3 Awards
- Pakistan – 0 Awards
- Bhutan – 0 Awards
The winner editor Bhupendra Adhikari had edited feature films like ‘Ke Ma Timro Hoina ra’, ‘Prem Geet 2’ and ‘Nirbhaya’ in the past. Bhupendra is awarded the Best Editor award for his role in supporting the director with smooth storytelling and focusing on the main characters in a film shot in limited locations and over a short period of time.
The Best Original Score award was awarded to Jason Knuwan of ‘Kalo Pothi’ for its restrained use of traditional music to underscore the narrative of the movie.
The 6th NFDC National Film Award was held in Hyatt Hotel, Kathmandu. The best film award was awarded to ‘Chhakka Panja’. The movie was also awarded the best actress, best director and best comedy actor awards. The movie was nominated in 15 categories.
Best Actor award was awarded to ‘Jatra’ actor Bipin Karki. The movie was nominated in 11 categories. Another movie ‘Purano Dunga’ was nominated in 9 categories. The award titles have the names of the well known artists of the past. For example the Best Movie award is titled “Hira Sarbotkrista Chalachitra”.
Bollywood actress, Manisha Koirala, was the chief guest of the award ceremony. In the ceremony the artists of the Nepali movie industry had participated.
Only two of the award winning movies are released online now. Watch the Award winner movies:
Nepali movie ‘Dying Candle’ has won an award at the sixth Queens World Film Festival, held in New York, USA. The movie was awarded Best Cinematography in a Feature award in the award ceremony held on March 19, 2016. The cinematographers of the movie were Rabin Acharya and Dipankar Sikder. Sikder is an Indian cinematographer.
The movie directed by Naresh Kumar KC, ‘Dying Candle’ was nominated in three categories including Best Actress In a Feature Award, Best Feature Narrative Award and Best Cinematography Award.
A friend in Twitter asked if I had heard of the movie ‘Dyning Candle’ or ‘Nibhna Lageko Diyo’ in Nepali language. I hadn’t. But, I did a quick search and loved the trailer available in IMDB website (trailer is embedded at the end). The movie set in a remote location seems to be the story of a loving sister and her varied emotions towards her brother and others. I am writing about all the stuffs I could gather from the trailer and the information available online. There is no definitive release date of the movie as the post production and re-shooting seem to be going on.
The movie ‘Dying Candle’ is written and directed by Naresh Kumar KC. The original screenplay was 145 pages at the time of the start shooting. But, first 88 pages completed the movie although the ending was an unplanned one. The crew lived in the remote village for 45 days to complete the shooting. Every food item except potato had to be imported from Kathmandu. So the crew had mostly to live on potato throughout the shooting.