The ‘Kabaddi’ production unit and distributors have withdrawn the movie from Gopi Krishna theater in Chabahil. The producer and distributors took the step when the theater owner, Uddav Poudel, refused to provide high capacity theaters for the movie. The first show of the movie went in Shivaya and Radha halls. These halls have capacities of 200 viewers each.
According to report, both the halls were houseful and some viewers had returned back when they couldn’t get the ticket of the movie. ‘Kabaddi’ producer Nischal Basnet and others demanded the higher capacity hall like Krishna hall. The higher viewer capacity hall showing Hindi movie ‘Two States’ is told to have very low density viewers.
Editor’s Note: Part of the Big Cinema issue was discussed in short previously, in the post titled – Does Nepal need Indian Investment ? The post dealt with Indian investment in Nepal and had a wider scope than Big Cinemas alone. Raunak Niroula has done a more detailed analysis on their decision against Nepali movie and shesds light on how much our own theaters are in waters when treating Nepali cinemas and their viewers. This article is one of the parts of a “Who loves Nepali Movies?” article series.
We started this series to analyze if the theaters are treating Nepali movies fairly. Let’s start with the latest incident involving Big Cinema, a theater operating on Indian investment.
Big Cinemas, a division of Reliance Media Works Limited (formerly known as Adlabs Films Limited) and a member of Reliance ADA Group is India’s largest cinema chain with over 515 theaters spread across India, US, Malaysia, UK, Netherlands and other countries all over the world. The main aim of Reliance is to spread Big Cinemas multiplex and Indian movies all over the world. It has been a few months that Reliance has launched Big Cinemas in Nepal at NLIC City Centre â€“ a new, luxurious shopping mall at Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu.
The news about Big Cinemas not screening Nepali movies is widely being talked about in Nepali media. Being located in Nepal, their decision against Nepali movie industry is viewed as an insult to the Nepali movie industry and the Nepali people as a whole. In response, Nepali movie fans have created a Facebook group titled “Say No To Big Cinemas In Nepal Because They Don’t Screen Nepali Movies”. The film makers, film producers, producer association and film development board have also voiced their concern in this issue. This issue is also viewed as an example of encroachment of Indian culture to dominate Nepali culture and arts. Continue reading
Made under Sayapatri Films banner, the movie ‘Gopi Krishna’ is a presentation of Uddav Poudel. After the success of this super-hit movie, Uddav has used the term Gopi Krishna to name his business. The Gopi Krishna multiplex theater, Gopi Krishna movies and so on are named after the movie.
Child artists in the movie are Pragya Lohani and Nimesh Poudel. A monkey named Master is featured in a special role in the movie. Cinematography direction by Manju Kumar Mishra, camera by Narendra Pradhan, still photography by Gautam Shrestha, dialogue / chief assistant director is Resh Raj Acharya, choreography by Pramod Naidu, action by NK Chotu, editing by Harish Chaudhary, music by Bhupendra Rayamajhi, script by Mohan Niraula, producer is Sumitra Poudel and executive director is Uddav Poudel. Lyrics by Dhanendra Bimal, Rajendra Sara and BB Thapa. Singers are Udit Narayan Jha, Deepa Jha, Lochan Bhattarai, Sadhana Sargam, Kabita Krishnamutri. Chiranjivi Basnet has managed the lighting equipments, make up by Shamba D Patil and art by Hari Sharma.