Artists protest Nepal Banda at the time of election

Nepal closure called by the faction of CPN (Maoist) led by Baidhya and 33 other parties has caused problem in all aspects of day-to-day life in Nepal. Some Nepali artists have expressed their dissatisfaction on forceful closure and violence.

Comedy artists Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya wrote an open letter to stop this type of nonsense at the time of election.  MaHa have told that they are against any forms of violence.

Actress Priyanka Karki shared the following photo expressing satisfaction on seeing a couple of four-wheeler vehicles and few motorcycles on the street. She called for people to protest such forceful closures.

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Actress Keki Adhikari has also asked people to vote in the election and protest the forceful closure in Nepal.

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Highway selected in Osian's-Cinefan

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.

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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.

 

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Highway was previously selected in Berlin Film Festival and it also received some reviews in international medias.

Movie review – Nepali Movie ‘Saayad’

This is the post-release review of Nepali movie ‘Saayad’ released on May 11, 2012. Pre-release review of ‘Saayad’ was posted on May 9, 2012.

It was a bitter start – ‘Saayad’ was released on the ‘Nepal Bandha’ day. It is currently being screendd in various theaters inside Kathmandu valley and in a few parts outside Nepal. As already discussed on our pre-review review, ‘Saayad’ is a story about the youths of plus-two, their drug indulgence and how their life changed because of drugs. The movie directed by Suraj Subba ‘Nalbo’ features Sunil Rawal, Samyam Puri, Wilson Bikram Rai, and Jharana Thapa in leading roles.

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Story:

The movie ‘Saayad‘ is the story of two brothers Yodin (played by Samyam Puri) and Nirag (played by Sunil Rawal). After Yodin was born, their family had earned wealth and their life became more easier so Nirag considers Yodin a luck. Yodin’s crush, Sirish, was the sister of Nirag’s crush, Samridhi. Yodin’s best friend Ved (played by Wilson Bikram Rai) introduced Yodin to drugs. Yodin and Ved’s group started taking drugs because of the problems in the family and love lives.

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Nepal Bandha affecting Movie releases

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.

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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.

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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.

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Anti-strike rally in Kathmandu

Nepal-banda-banda Youths in Kathmandu have organized a anti-strike motorbike rally in Kathmandu. The event organized in part with the help of Facebook group named "DIE Nepal Bandh DIE" and through the exchange of SMS with message:

Enough is Enough. Nepalese want constitution NOT Bandhs. Come one. Come all, with your motorbikes & cycles and ask for Constitution & defy Bandhs. Rally starts at 10 am. May 13. Friday, from Tridevi Marg, Thamel. Alliance against Bandh. Please forward to all

Nepali director has uploaded the following photo of him in his Facebook profile from the rally:

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We will post more photos of Nepali film personalities as we receive them.  Continue reading