With 7 awards, Nepali movie ‘Saayad‘ won the best film award in the National Film Award 2069. The film award ceremony was held on the occasion of 50-years of Nepali movies at Tribhuvan Army Club, Sundhara.
In addition to receiving ‘Hira’ Best Movie award, and ‘Kusume Rumal‘ Best Professional Movie Award, following ‘Saayad’ crew members were awarded five other National awards:
After struggle in fixing the release date, ‘Malati Ko Bhatti’ was finally released in about 56 theatres all over Nepal. ‘Malati Ko Bhatti’ is the debut directorial venture of Ganesh Dev Pandey featuring actors/actresses Rekha Thapa, Jiwan Luitel, Nandita KC and Sunil Thapa in main roles.
The movie ‘Malati Ko Bhatti’ is the story of Aditya Sharma (Jiwan Luitel) frustrated with his life due to his unsuccessful love-marriage. Aditya’s wife, Sabitri (Nandita K C) is more fascinated towards parties, clubs, casino and gambling rather than her family. Aditya drinks a lot and becomes addicted to alcohol. He met Malati (Rekha Thapa) while visiting a small bar owned by her and known as Malati ko Bhatti. While visiting the Bhatti, Aditya and Malati got attracted towards each other and started a relationship.
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.
A number of movies scheduled to be released in the weeks ahead have postponed because of political uncertainty in the days ahead. At the time when the constitution is to be released (it is scheduled to be released on Jestha 14) various political parties have beefed up their demand and power shows. Frequent closure of businesses and transportation as a mean of protest, commonly named "Nepal Bandha" have affected the lives of every Nepali. Every sector including education, business, entertainment and public sector have been affected by frequent Nepal Bandha these days. Let’s talk about the cancellation of the release of a some of most awaited and hopeful Nepali movies because of Nepal bandha.
Today, on May 5, 2012, ‘Saayad’ is being released in theaters across Nepal. But, due to Nepal Bandha its release in theaters outside the valley was postponed. Although the release in Kathmandu valley is going on as schedule, it is a bitter start as all the theatres are closed on the first day of it’s release.
The producer of ‘Apabad,’ a movie scheduled to be released on Jestha 5 (May 18), has decided it is not the right time for the release and postponed the release date. The producer of ‘Apabad’, Susan Prajapati, has told that the release of the movie in USA and Australia will however be on the scheduled date. Release in Nepal will only be decided based on the political situation in the country.
Similarly Pradip Uday, the producer of ‘Malatiko Bhatti’ has also announced the cancellation of the release of the movie previously scheduled to release on Jestha 12 (May 25).
‘Saayad’, ‘Apabad’, and ‘Malati Ko Bhatti’ were waiting for their release for a long time and at the final stage the release is affected by ‘Nepal Bandha‘. We hope, the political turmoil won’t affect the recent revival of the Nepali movie industry.