I have compiled a list of Top 10 old Nepali movies you shouldn’t miss. Clicks on the respective posters lead to the page with full movie. All the movies are available to watch. Half of the top 10 movies in this list are directed by Tulsi Ghimire. Others are directed by Hira Singh Khatri, Sambhu Pradhan, Nir Shah and Yadav Kharel. Five movies directed by Tusli Ghimire, two by Nir Shah and one each by Hira Singh, Sambhu Pradhan and Yadav Kharel.
1. Aama (1964) Directed by Hira Singh Khatri
First ever Nepali movie made in Nepal, by the government of Nepal is a black and white movie.
Starring – Shiva Shanker, Bhuwan Thapa (Bhuwan Chand), Uttam Nepali, Indra Lal Shrestha, Bashundhara Bhusal, Hira Singh Khatri and Hari Prasad Rimal. Watch full movie Aama here.
A presentation of Shrestha Cine Concern and Ishwori Arts. Cinematography by Manju Kumar Shrestha, background music by Raju Nayak, action by Rajendra Khadgi, presentation by Rajendra Shrestha, lyrics by Kiran Kharel / Nir Shah / Yadav Kharel, choreography by Basanta Shrestha, editing by Sambhu Pradhan, music by Sambhujit Baskota, story/script/dialogue by Nutan Pradhan.
Nutan Pradhan is also the guest artists in the movie. Child artists in the movie are Ishwori Pradhan and Chanki Pradhan.
The classic Nepali movie ‘Saraswoti’ is a presentation of Ishwori Films. The superhit movie by Shambhu Pradhan also features Sambhu and his wife in the movie. The movie is produced by Shambhu Pradhan himself.
Nepali movie – Samjhana Starring – Bhuwan KC, Tripti Nadkar, Muralidhar, Phurba Lama, Nirmala Chhetri, Maya Kumai, Shanti Pradhan, SL Nadakar, Gyan Lama, Jyoti Pradhan, Pradeep Pakhrin, JB Rai, Kamal Pradhan, Sahiba Rai etc. Director: Sambhu Pradhan
The debut movie of popular actress Tripti Nadkar is made under Ishwori Films banner. The classic movie featuring the romance between Tripti and Bhuwan KC was liked by the Nepali audience and was a super hit film in the 1980s.
Muralidhar’s real name is mentioned Murali Mijhar in the credit of the movie. The movie features the choreography by Chumaki Lama, cinematography by Binod Pradhan, lyrics by Kusum Gajamer, music by Ranjit Gajamer. The movie was written, edited and produced by the director Shambhu Pradhan himself.
A presentation of Arjun Shrestha, Nepali movie ‘Sanyas’ features Rajesh Hamal, Gauri Malla with Jal and Arjun in the leading roles. The movie features child artists Shrya Simkhada and Munni Budhathoki. Guest artists in the movie are Ramesh Upreti, Rejina Upreti, Jagan Shrestha etc. The background music is composed by Sanjay Shrestha, lyrics by Yadav Kharel / Dr. Bhola Rijal / Sambhujit Baskota, action by Rajendra Khadgi, choreography by Basanta Shrestha, music by Sambhujit Baskota, cinematography by Dik Khadka, script / dialogue/ story by Nutan Pradhan, produced by Ballu Parajuli / Krishna Subedi and editing by Shambhu Pradhan.
Like every other fields, film writing in Nepali film industry is also dominated by males. Only a few writers are female. When the script writing is done by the wife of the director or the producer of the movie, question arises how genuine the writer is. For example, wife of noted director Sambhu Pradhan’s wife Nutan Pradhan and actor and producer Bhuwan KC‘s ex-wife Sushmita KC have also written scripts.
Nepali movie industry is largely influenced by Indian movie industry, Bollywood. Similar to Bollywood, it is easier for the kids of actors and film technicians to enter the film industry. Some of the names of second generation artists in Nepali industry include:
Samyam Puri – son of director Narayan Puri started in movies as a child artists and had debuted as an adult actor in ‘Samaya’.
Salon Basnet – son of actor and director Shovit Basnet is also debuting in ‘Hostel’.