A friend in Twitter, Rakesh, has categorized the Nepali movies in four different types. Although the categorization is done very loosely and the boundary of this categorization is extremely blurry, such a categorization can give a rough guide on what a particular movie is like. I think, there is room for improvement in this categorization so that one can easily decide on whether to watch the movie or not. There is a possibility that some movies might fall in more than one category. Let’s review each category in detail with examples.
- Masala Nepali movies
- New Age Nepali movies
- Nepali movies for youth
- B and C Grade Nepali movies
- Historical and Art Nepali movies
Masala Nepali movies
Masala Nepali movies contain all the different entertaining aspects of movies. They are the mix of comedy, family drama, action, music and love all stuffed in a movie to appeal all types of viewers. They might contain all these ingredients (masala) or some of them. These types of movies are less risky and hence, the established film producers prefer to go with these type of movies.
Nepali Movie – Masan
Starring – Raj Ballav Koirala, Keki Adhikari, Neeta Dhungana, Nir Shah, Deepak Chhetri, Palpasa Dangol, Rashmi Bhatta, Bipana Basnet etc.
Director – Nir Shah
Nepali Movie ‘Masan’ is a critically acclaimed movie made on the very popular book of the same name by Gopal Prasad Rimal. Gopal Prasad Rimal is a noted playwright and poet in Nepali literature. The movie is made in cooperation with Mrs. Hari Devi Rimal, the wife of late Gopal Prasad Rimal and the Rimal Foundation. In addition to directing the movie Nir Shah has also produced it. Noted actor and director Hari Prasad Rimal has introduced the movie and talks about his big brother Gopal Prasad Rimal at the start of the movie. The movie is a joint presentation of Rimal Enterprise (USA) and Nircinema (Nepal).
The National Film Award was held at the President’s residence, Shital Niwas. In the ceremony various awards were handed over to the movies released in the last four years.
After receiving the award of Best Actress for her role in ‘Masan’ Neeta Dhungana said, "National Award is not about nominations , popularity , lead role , or something its totally about the work that an artist does whether the artist has done side role or main role , 5 scenes or 50 scenes."
The 10th edition of Cinemandu: screening of ‘Masan’ is going to be held in Kathmandu on January 23, 2014.
The event organized by The Embassy of India, Kathmandu and BP Koirala India Nepal Foundation had in past featured other critically acclaimed films like ‘Sanghuro’, ‘Uma’, ‘Shirish Ko Phool’ etc. The free screening of the movie will also be followed by an interaction with the crew and casts of the film.
The actor and director Nir Shah has started making an art movie, based on the story of late Gopalprasad Rimal’s story "Masan". Gopal Prasad is a noted poet and playwright who ushered in a new era in Nepali literature. The drama, Masan is also taught as one of the electives in schools in Nepal and India.
The shooting of the movie has started on Ashad 1, 2068. Nir Shah had been preparing the set, representing the old setting of the story, for the movie.