Nepali Movie – Highway
Starring – Karma, Saugat Malla, Reecha Sharma, Binaya Shrestha, Eelum, Dayahang Rai, Rajan Khatiwada, Asha Magarati, Shristi Ghimire, Mamata Rai, Sandip Chhetri, Bhumika Shrestha, Keshav Bhattrai and Rabindra Mishra
Director – Deepak Rauniyar
A better version of the movie can be downloaded from iTunes.
Nepali movie industry has entered the iTunes era. For the first time in the Nepali movie industry, the movie by Deepak Rauniyar, ‘Highway’ has been made available to purchase in Apple’s iTunes. The critically acclaimed movie can be purchased in iTunes by going to this link.
If you want to know more about the movie before purchasing we had done a full review of ‘Highway’ earlier. Technical details of the movie can also be obtained from the Pre-release review.
On the occasion of the 31st convention of American Nepali Association (ANA) held on July 4 to July 6, Nepali movies were shown on each day. In addition to Nepali films, popular comedy actors Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya (MaHa) also conducted a comedy program. MaHa’s program was one of the the main attractions of the event.
The movies featured in the convention include ‘Highway’, ‘Badhshala’, and ‘Visa Girl‘ on the first day. On the second day ‘Chadke’ ‘Mutu’ and ‘Uma’ were screened. The cost of each show was set at $10.
Although Nepali viewers weren’t impressed by the movie ‘HIghway’, film festivals have liked the movie. Now, the movie is selected for the 12th Osian’s-Cinefan competition – held among movies from Indian, Asian and Arab cinema. The festival is being held in New Delhi, India from 27 July, 2012.
There is high possibility that ‘Highway’ is the first Nepali movie to compete in the festival. The movie is screened in the Asian and Arab section competing with eleven other movies from
various Asian countries.
The movie made on a common problem in Nepal but relatively unheard-of topic in the foreign – Nepal Bandh. The movie portrays the hardship of a number of individual characters of diverse background.
The winner of the Best Film-Asian Arab Competition will be screened on August 5, 2012.
Highway was previously selected in Berlin Film Festival and it also received some reviews in international medias.
The movie ‘Highway’ had created a big buzz and a hype among Nepali youths before its release. Probably, ‘Highway’ is the first movie successful in creating such a big buzz before it’s release. It sure is critically aclaimed and is the first Nepali movie to be featured in Berlin International Film Festival.
Thanks to publicity and talks, the audience had a huge expectation from the movie. After the public release of the movie, majority of the audience think that the buzz and publicity was over hyped.
Few reasons ‘Highway’ was successful in creating such a big hype are:
The most awaited Nepali film which officially screened in the Berlin Film Festival is finally released today. Highway is the first feature movie directed by Deepak Rauniyar and features Saugat Malla, Dayahang Rai, Karma, Reecha Sharma, Asha Magarati, Rabindra Mishra in main roles.
Nepali movie ‘Highway’ is releasing on July 20, 2012. The movie directed by Deepak Rauniyar features Karma, Saugat Malla, Reecha Sharma, Binaya Shrestha, Eelum, Dayahang Rai, Rajan Khatiwada, Asha Magarati, Shristi Ghimire, Mamata Rai, Sandip Chhetri, Bhumika Shrestha, Keshav Bhattrai and Rabindra Mishra in leading roles.
The movie features cinematography of Apal Singh and Jyoti Keshar Simha, music direction of Richard Horowitz, Vibek, Maddala, editing of Davit Barker, Deepak Rauniyar, Rita Mehaer, story of Deepak Rauniyar, Abinash Bikram Shah, Kedar Sharma, Khagendra Lamichane script of Abinash Bikram Shah and the dialogue of Abinash Bikram Shah.
The strong point of the movie ‘Highway’ is that it contains most of the preferred Nepali actors of the Nepali film industry. Some of the actors in the movie had been very successful and are considered the gems of the Nepali film industry. Karma, Reecha Sharma and Binaya Shrestha are known by the audience from their last superhit movie ‘First Love’. Another successful movie ‘Loot‘ had featured to actors present in ‘Highway’ – actors Dayahang Rai (Gofle) and Saugat Malla (Hakku Kale).
The director, Deepak Rauniyar, is also a journalist and he had previously directed two short films ‘Pooja’ and ‘Chaukhat’. Both of his short film were appreciated by the audiences. The feature movie ‘Highway’ is his first directorial venture based on his experience of disruption of traffic by regular strikes (Nepal bandha).
As a result of the fear in Nepali movie makers, caused by Nepali political situation, a lot of movies have postponed their movie release date. Some awaited movies like ‘Apabad’ and ‘Malati Ko Bhatti’ are notable among the postponed Nepali movies. Now, another most awaited movie, ‘Highway’ has also announced that it’s release date has been postponed. The movie was supposed to be released on Ashad 1st.
According to the movie’s Facebook page, the release date was postponed due to the current political situation in our country. ‘Highway’ has been one of the most awaited movies because
of its selection in Berlin Film Festival and its international popularity. The movie is said to be made on the story of current political situation and hardships caused by near-sighted political forces.
As far as we know, ‘Highway’ shows the problems created on the life of different peoples due to regular strikes (Nepal bandh). And due to the similar fear of Nepal bandh, Highway had postponed its release date. Directed by Deepak Rauniyar, the movie features Karma, Saugat Malla, Reecha Sharma, Dayahang Rai, and Binaya Shrestha in lead role. The revised release date of Highway is yet to be fixed.